Monday, March 13, 2017

The makings of a pantry

When we moved to New Jersey, we rented a large home in a great school district. We LOVED that house! We lived in it for four years, which is the longest we have ever lived in one place since we have been married.

The one thing that I would change about that house, if I could, is to build a pantry. Having lived in the "south" for all of my married life, pantries were standard in any home, but it is not so common here in New Jersey. As was the case when we purchased our fixer upper.

 We set out to find a place to put one in. In my mind it was beautiful, stocked full of supplies for our busy household.

 At first we thought about replacing the non permitted half bathroom off the kitchen with my pantry. But, once we demoed the half bath, we discovered that it was actually built over an old stoop and thus it was structurally unsound.

Under that window, were some steps that came down from the original stoop. The current back door had some pretty steep and unsafe steps off of it that needed a railing. We decided to enclose the back door and "bathroom door, and open up a new door that comes directly out of the kitchen onto the stoop.

We then added a door to the "hallway" to complete our pantry. 

We definitely feel that the pantry fits much better with the flow of the kitchen and that it was the right  choice for this house. As an added plus not only did I get my pantry, I got a walk-in pantry! 

Stay tuned to see how we finished the inside of the pantry to what is now our farm house pantry!

Monday, October 31, 2016

My Favorite Paint Color of All Time!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may know that we had a little paint incident when we started painting our main living area. We headed over to Home Depot and had one of our favorite paint colors mixed for us. The color was Sherwin Williams, Universal Khaki. We have used this color many times before in different houses, and loved it. We were sure that the fact that our main living area had so many windows and can lighting, it would not be too dark for the area.

We were WRONG. I think there were a number of factors why this color did not work for this house.
1) The ceiling is not high enough
2) The color it self was mixed darker and more caramel than the sample we brough in
3) The color made the home look out dated instead of airy
Luckily, we had only painted the foyer when we realized this color was not going to work!
At this point we did not have many options. We had analyzed color after color before deciding on Universal Khaki and did not really have a back up color in mind, but we were eager to paint over our foyer as soon as possible!
We decided to just grab the same color we did in our kitchen because it was not too dark, it was gray but it felt warm and it seemed to go with every color we put against it.

And we are sooo glad we did! The color is Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray and I have to say it is my favorite color of all time. It looks a little ligher in the kitchen, and just perfect in the main living area. It goes with EVERYTHING and I think it makes our little ranch look sophisticated yet cozy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hall Bathroom Progress

I noticed that I have not updated the blog with pictures of our hall bathroom! This bathroom will mostly be used by our kids, but until our master bathroom is complete, we are using it as well.

You may recall the hall bathroom looking like this when we purchased the home back in February.

The first thing we did was demo the whole bathroom. It was no easy task as the floors and walls were cemented over mesh wire and plaster.

We re wired, ran new plumbing and re insulated the space but basically put everything back in the same space. One upgrade we did do was add an additional vanity. Because this is the bathroom that our 3 kids will be sharing.

We decided we wanted to keep the bathroom fun but classic, so that the kids could grow with it. We surrounded the bathtub with backer board in preparation for white subway tile. The screws were placed 8 inches to the center to comply with manufacturers requirements as well as local building codes. 

 We picked a gray plank tile for the floor from Lowe's and painted the walls Sherwin Williams Waterscape.

The kids chose a little tribal fox theme and I think it came out really cute. As they grow we can change the shower curtain to something more fitting for their age.

We are happy that this bathroom is done, but it's the only completely finished project in this house! Currently we have been working on our kitchen. Updates on that coming soon!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

44 Mapes Ave Newark, NJ

I am happy to announce a new listing with LCruzProperties!

44 Mapes Ave Newark NJ

This income producing home has three units, two of which are currently leased. 

The 2nd Floor unit has been completely remodeled from floor to ceiling. Take a look at the video that details this lovely space. 

Contact me today for a private showing!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sell Your Home This Spring! Step 6

When staging your home, don’t go over board! Simple pieces and pops of colors is what buyers need to see. Keep it simple and use one accent color throughout the main living areas of the home. If you used one of my favorite paint colors for staging, you already have a neutral backdrop.

Throw pillows are the easiest way to bring color into a neutral room.

Red is always a great choice


Yellow also works well, especially with gray colored walls


And you can never go wrong with blue!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sell Your Home This Spring! Step 5

Buyers will notice somethings you might have learned to ignore!

Make sure you take care to deep clean your kitchens, including the stove and behind the faucet.

In the bathroom, make sure your medicine cabinet is tidy and that old medicine has been disposed. Don't forget to make everything tidy under the sink!

In the bedrooms and the living areas, take care to sweep the trim. If dust residue remains, use a Lysol or Clorox wipe to clean them.

Clean your windows, that includes the sills!

Steam your carpet and organize the garage.

A clean and tidy home, will look move in ready to buyers and will smell better too!

For more tips, follow my pinterest board on all things cleaning!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

335 Dunhams Corner Road East Brunswick Twp., NJ 08816

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RE/MAX Signature Properties
100 Wood Ave South, Suite 210
Iselin NJ 08830
335 Dunhams Corner Road
East Brunswick Twp., NJ 08816
Listing #: 1613317
Price: $539,000
Bedrooms:   5
Full Bathrooms:   3
Half Bathrooms:   0
Colonial Oaks; very large 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths home; eat-in kitchen with granite counter and all new stainless appliances; formal dining room, family room with wood burning fireplace; all hardwood floors first and 2nd floors; large backyard with deck and patio area; circular driveway.
General Features

County Or Parish Middlesex
Handicap 1
Subdivision Colonial Oaks
Tax Year 2015
Taxes Amount $14,426
Typeof Property 2 or More Stories
Year Built 1984
Building Features

Appliances Dishwasher
Gas Range/Oven
Basement Type Full Basement
Baths Total 3.00
Cooling Information Air Conditioner Central
Floor Description Marble
Driveway Description 2 Car Width
Heating Information Baseboard Hotwater
Level 1 Description 1 Bedroom
Level 2 Description 4 Bedrooms
Level 3 Description None
Roof Description Asphalt Shingle
Stories Total 2.0000
Style Colonial
Water Heater Info Gas
Room Features

Kitchen Description Center Island
Granite Corian etc Countertops
Dining Room Description Formal Dining Room
Property Features

Approx Lot Dimensions 100 x 194
Approximate Acres 0.44
Exterior Description Brick
Vinyl Siding
Fuel Information Electric
Natural Gas
Sewer Information Public Sewer
Utilities Info Electric
Water Information Public Water

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