This client's DIY remodel increased his home's value by $120k!

Style: Inviting and traditional DIY remodel / Size: 538 square feet (50 sqm)


This client was inspired by an unexpected flood (are they ever really expected?) that forced a long overdue remodel. He wanted to remodel his kitchen with his own two hands. He had already demolished a couple walls when he realized that he needed a plan. 

Being an engineer, the client deemed himself an over-thinker when it comes to design, and sought my help in turning his ideas into something more organized. The main priority was to remove the awkward office/bedroom and convert the kitchen into a modern, functional space.

The client had ideas for a new layout but like many clients, was unrealistic about what would fit in the space he had. We worked together to come up with feasible plans that would also allow him to save money and time. 

I began by sending ideas for cabinet styles and finishes, along with some ideas for unique storage options. We designed a CAD floor plan based on the client’s initial graph paper drawing, which served as the blueprint all the way to the end of the project. 

"With the CAD floor plan, I easily obtained quotes from contractors for things like cabinets, flooring, countertops, molding, etc. Even better, I could send it electronically throughout my workday. I could also accurately quote materials for any work I was doing myself....which was most of it.” ~ Blair Zook, San Diego, CA

This client really did the grunt work! He gutted the kitchen and adjoining office, rearranged and replaced all appliances and plumbing fixtures, and installed a new window... which is no small feat in this concrete-framed house. The client renovated all lighting fixtures and locations, replaced flooring, and added all new cabinetry. He also renovated the laundry room behind the kitchen and the bathroom next to it.

"I can't thank Ashley enough for her guidance at the onset of my project. She really helped cement my plan when I was spinning my wheels. She got me moving forward with confidence.  I'm grateful to have had her help on this project. Without her expertise, I undoubtedly would still be spinning my wheels. Thanks, Ashley!!"

Upon refinancing shortly after the remodel, the client’s home appraised for $120k more than the purchase price just two years prior!

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