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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Happy to Help with your Design

    I'm an amateur designer but apparently I am quite good. The kitchen I designed years ago (built and installed by a london firm) began sending their new and seasoned designers out to me to have a look at how it should be done. A year ago, I invited 6 estate agents out to value my property and invited them back one week later - additional value in one week -£12-20k. I challenged myself to revamp the entire 3 bedroom house in a week from the skip ! Result ? new england cottage style. The cost ? £318.00 including new carpeting. I haven't quite made magazines yet but only I need to know what I can do. The point? if you are near enough at hand, I am happy to help free of charge BUT I do NOT want to take business away from the qualified interior designers. I'm just happy to advise.
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    Great Post Gail,
    After yesterday's session - a few of us were talking about how to make suggestions for improving the meetings even further. Maybe some form of 'zoning' at the meetings would be good - and perhaps as we have interior designers, painters and decorators, photographers and shortly a very keen garden supplier in the tribe - we should maybe have a 'makeover/design/presentation zone'
    It's up to Nick and Vanessa as it's their forum - but I for one would really value your input - especially when it comes to improving holiday let property.
    Cheers - Richard
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    I love the idea of simple changes to drive up the value or to improve the appeal to buyers or renters. A little design sense combined with some materials can make a dramatic difference (£$€¥). A lack of design sense or poor quality work has the opposite impact.
    John Corey
    https://www.ChelseaPrivateEquity.com/blog
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    John Corey 


    I host the London Real Estate Meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month since 2005. If you have never been before, email me for the 'new visitor' link.

    PropertyFortress.com/Events

    Also happy to chat on the phone. Pay It Forward; my way of giving back through sharing. Click on the link: PropertyFortress.com/Ask-John to book a time. I will call you at the time you selected. Nothing to buy. Just be prepared with your questions so we can use the 20 minutes wisely.

    Richard,
    I am all for break out sessions. Call them Birds of a Feather (BoF) or Special Interest Groups (SIG). Those with a common interest group together in the corner, the lobby, down the hall or in a different room. If the topic has real legs then it can become a separate meeting scheduled a different time of the day or on a different day of the month.
    The above model has worked for other property groups. Mostly when there is a larger community plus someone who is passionate about the sub-topic.
    John Corey
    https://www.ChelseaPrivateEquity.com/blog
    Richard Francis said:
    Great Post Gail,
    After yesterday's session - a few of us were talking about how to make suggestions for improving the meetings even further. Maybe some form of 'zoning' at the meetings would be good - and perhaps as we have interior designers, painters and decorators, photographers and shortly a very keen garden supplier in the tribe - we should maybe have a 'makeover/design/presentation zone'
    It's up to Nick and Vanessa as it's their forum - but I for one would really value your input - especially when it comes to improving holiday let property.
    Cheers - Richard
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    John Corey 


    I host the London Real Estate Meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month since 2005. If you have never been before, email me for the 'new visitor' link.

    PropertyFortress.com/Events

    Also happy to chat on the phone. Pay It Forward; my way of giving back through sharing. Click on the link: PropertyFortress.com/Ask-John to book a time. I will call you at the time you selected. Nothing to buy. Just be prepared with your questions so we can use the 20 minutes wisely.

    Our ego has us believing we ALL have good design sense - and everyone's taste is different but it's the calming and inviting 'sense' that grabs someone, I think. My french house sold fast with new photos taken with a wide angle lens. that simple! for a 70% improvement on the hit rate. (hit rate being actual visitors). As for Bof et Sig..........a good thinkthought by Mr. Nick and Mrs. Vanessa should do the trick. For me the benefit of the meeting was seeing the diversity of interest and that may have been due to having the property side along with the Web 2.0 side of things ?
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    Sounds good - look fwd to it - I think Nick and Vanessa will be up for it
    Richard
    REI said:
    Richard,
    I am all for break out sessions. Call them Birds of a Feather (BoF) or Special Interest Groups (SIG). Those with a common interest group together in the corner, the lobby, down the hall or in a different room. If the topic has real legs then it can become a separate meeting scheduled a different time of the day or on a different day of the month.
    The above model has worked for other property groups. Mostly when there is a larger community plus someone who is passionate about the sub-topic.
    John Corey
    https://www.ChelseaPrivateEquity.com/blog
    Richard Francis said:
    Great Post Gail, After yesterday's session - a few of us were talking about how to make suggestions for improving the meetings even further. Maybe some form of 'zoning' at the meetings would be good - and perhaps as we have interior designers, painters and decorators, photographers and shortly a very keen garden supplier in the tribe - we should maybe have a 'makeover/design/presentation zone'
    It's up to Nick and Vanessa as it's their forum - but I for one would really value your input - especially when it comes to improving holiday let property.
    Cheers - Richard
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    REI said:
    I love the idea of simple changes to drive up the value or to improve the appeal to buyers or renters. A little design sense combined with some materials can make a dramatic difference (£$€¥). A lack of design sense or poor quality work has the opposite impact.John Coreyhttps://www.ChelseaPrivateEquity.com/blog
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    Hi Guys
    Nearly missed this tribe!!
    Yes you're quite right nice interiors don't need to cost alot and good design can attract a different type of tennant and put your property into another league. Before deciding on your interiors decide who you want to attract, who do you want your tennants to be? (Hope I'm not preaching and I am sure you have already thought about this so bear with me).
    Sometimes 'magnolia' isn't the answer as it doesn't suit all rooms depending on whether it faces N,S,E or W. As you can imagine magnolia is not a favourite colour amongst designers and decorators!! Other neutral colours that can be used include a wide palette of creams and soft greys particularly, look really contemporary
    Small additions from the high street can make all the difference and Roman blinds are great for windows since they use less fabric and look more contemporary and expensive than curtains. For holiday lets a stylish theme can easily be achieved as Gail mentioned (I love New England style -well done) but you can be more adventurous depending on where the property is located e.g eccentric country house style, boutique hotel style etc to really get your property noticed.
    Good interior design offers the occupants an experience of staying in that property, particularly important when on holiday.
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    Great thread.... I find that often the most enjoyable element of a refurbishment / development is the design part. Finding out which walls have brickwork beneath the plaster, so you can chip it off and varnish the exposed bricks... deciding which single wall is best suited to a signature colour that will 'lift' and transform the place... working out which dividing walls can be taken down to create that open plan 'loft' look - and then the satisfaction of knowing afterwards you transformed a property for hundreds rather than thousands of pounds, merely with ingenuity and some hard work.
    Love it.
    Jennifer Fynn said:
    Hi Guys
    Nearly missed this tribe!!
    Yes you're quite right nice interiors don't need to cost alot and good design can attract a different type of tennant and put your property into another league. Before deciding on your interiors decide who you want to attract, who do you want your tennants to be? (Hope I'm not preaching and I am sure you have already thought about this so bear with me).
    Sometimes 'magnolia' isn't the answer as it doesn't suit all rooms depending on whether it faces N,S,E or W. As you can imagine magnolia is not a favourite colour amongst designers and decorators!! Other neutral colours that can be used include a wide palette of creams and soft greys particularly, look really contemporary
    Small additions from the high street can make all the difference and Roman blinds are great for windows since they use less fabric and look more contemporary and expensive than curtains. For holiday lets a stylish theme can easily be achieved as Gail mentioned (I love New England style -well done) but you can be more adventurous depending on where the property is located e.g eccentric country house style, boutique hotel style etc to really get your property noticed.
    Good interior design offers the occupants an experience of staying in that property, particularly important when on holiday.
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    Hi HomeCert Direct
    I noticed that you have a very comprehensive team!! When you've knocked down your walls, who decides on your interior decoration, colours , fixtures and furnishings? Do you do it yourself and if so are you always happy with the results?
    Would you consider advice from an interior designer? I am getting the feeling that most landlords are doing these bits themselves and hadn't considered getting some advice. Maybe you all feel that we are an expensive luxury!!! But we can really help you and just like a good letting agency can provide a service to make your property stand out.
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    Just a quickie - how about the structural side of interior design?
    Things like:
    using the space beneath where a bed or dining area would be (by raising it to different levels...Wink)
    suspending things (tabletops, flat screens, work-stations, for instance) from ceilings and walls - perhaps on pulleys for getting up out of the way when not in use
    putting in functional partitions - some moveable
    putting in ladders and steep staircases (maybe spiral). Think children, and chic/trendy/contemporary.
    using nooks and crannies ingeniously (e.g. yesterday, I saw a bathroom installed perfectly under the stairs in a one-bedroom flat)
    adding balconies and balcony windows
    prolific and ingenious shelving and storage
    custom-made or specially size-chosen furnishings to fit odd spaces
    mirrors and sunpipes for reflecting light and creating greater sense of space
    special design features for children
    en-suite facilities and dressing rooms
    custom-made home-office space
    cleverly designed telephone stations
    discrete, portable clothes-drying facilities
    roof gardens
    ....to name but a few

    Jennifer Fynn said:
    Hi HomeCert Direct I noticed that you have a very comprehensive team!! When you've knocked down your walls, who decides on your interior decoration, colours , fixtures and furnishings? Do you do it yourself and if so are you always happy with the results?
    Would you consider advice from an interior designer? I am getting the feeling that most landlords are doing these bits themselves and hadn't considered getting some advice. Maybe you all feel that we are an expensive luxury!!! But we can really help you and just like a good letting agency can provide a service to make your property stand out.
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