Thursday, August 18, 2016

Effective vs Chronological Property Age and Project Time:Installation of Concrete Curbing.

In real estate, properties age in two ways: chronologically and effectively. Chronological age is the time from when a house was built to the present day. Effective age, on the other hand, refers to how old the home appears to be and how it functions in the realm of modern day standards, codes, and amenities.

The process of maintaining the effective age of a property as it ages chronologically is a continuous process and can be challenging if a Homeowner purchases an older home already behind on updates. Just like people, age looks VERY different from property to property, depending on how it was built, the amount of proactive maintenance, and what it has endured over the years.  Effective age can be significantly higher or lower than chronological age.

As of this summer, we have been in our house for 13 years. That is typically the timeframe that major, major renovation time hits as the life of household systems and big ticket items starts to age cycle: roofs, bathrooms, HVAC systems, water heaters, windows, etc. Steve and I were compelled to sit down this summer to discuss and decide what our next life move will be: commit to another substantial chunk of time in this house and take on the next level of renovation or consider a move. The choice was easy. We love our house and it suits our family needs perfectly- we stay!

Over the years we have shifted projects back and forth from the interior to the exterior as the need arose. This Fall, we have committed to serious exterior renovation to the front and backyard, more specifically via hardscape.  Nothing can transform the appearance and functionality of a property exterior like a new hardscape design.  That being said, it is costly, permanent (or at least not easily changed), and can solve or create issues with grade or drainage so you do NOT jump into these projects haphazardly.

Project 1 is a small one in the big picture, but important as it directly affects our curb appeal.  One of the things that we liked about the property when we purchased it was the free-flowing front garden bed defined by natural rock...

13 years later, however, it needed revamping.  Many of the rocks were split and in need of replacement. I wanted to maintain the feel but redefine the lines a tad to accommodate my well-established plants.  Hence, the beds needed an entire overhaul. We chose to go the installed concrete curb route and couldn't be happier! The process is quick, easy, and gives you total control of shape and color with only a 24 hour cure time. ... 

It is also durable and incredibly affordable at only $8.50/ft which includes your choice of color, shape, and surface texture. The size and design choices are endless, from classic brick to more textured stone. A teeny peek at the process...

We paid our chosen company (a referral from a friend) $150 for the back-breaking task of removing and hauling away the existing landscaping rock...

Once they regraded the soil and established the new lines of the beds...

... upon our approval, they began the project. See the type of machine used here.

After the machine pours the curbing, another person follows behind to surface it.  Rather than being stained, the concrete itself is tinted so it will never wear over time.  We chose the 18 inch paver stamp in the gray tinted concrete to coordinate with our gray roof and front porch slate (project HERE)...

From start to finish, the project took approximately 4 hours and we are tickled pink with the result!  

Far more tidy look and more effective at retaining our mulch and preventing further bed erosion.  They poured approximately 82ft.  At $8.50/ft, the cost of the curbing was $697.

The next project is to fill in the extended beds with soil and remulch as we head into Autumn...

If considering this project in St. Louis, I highly recommend calling Archway Lawncare and Landscaping.  They were not only incredibly professional and easy to work with, but their work at our property was impeccable!

Nitty Gritty...

Archway Lawncare and Landscaping


Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to School and Farewell, Summer!

Last week, we recreated the morning of Parker's first day of Kindergarten as the boys ventured off to their first day of Senior and Freshman year.  *sigh*  I look back at posts like this, and can't believe that we are now here...

I know that I say this every year, but even though nothing beats the excitement of Spring Market in residential real estate, my summer hiatus from the blog felt too long. It is so nice to be back!  Each year when the boys head back to school (and the bulk of my Spring transactions have successfully drawn to a close), I like to personally reflect on the Summer that has just passed, above and beyond my work fun.

While our family enjoyed our typical summer fun-in-the-sun adventures,  if you follow me on Instagram, you saw a whole lot of this...

...intermingled with my typical summer posts, like this...

I never thought that the time would come, but Parker has entered his Senior year which means a good percentage of our energy has shifted to pondering and exploring "What is next".  The process, without doubt, leaves Steve and I with mixed emotions.  Regardless, seven universities were visited, he has chosen his favorites, and now applications follow.

The tides seemed to have changed in Casa de Nenonen over Summer 2016.  As we venture into an exciting year of transition for our family, I hold one of my favorite quotes close to my heart...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

CLOSED: 2019 Pincian in Rockwood School District

That is one thing that I know to be the absolute truth after 15 years in the real estate industry.  If an adored past client is kind enough to pass along my name to a friend, it is almost assured that we will get along splendidly.  When I received this referral from D and L, I just knew in my heart that they would be good people. Boy, was I right. That is why a referral is so valuable to a Realtor, as 9 times out of 10, it makes for a wonderful transaction.

2019 Pincian closed escrow today, and what a terrific double transaction it was with the B family.  Selling the first home is an incredibly emotional process for a family, as it is essentially closing Chapter 1, the foundation of a life together.  Juggling the emotions with the logistics of moving from one home to another however, particularly with a toddler in the mix, is a whole other ballgame.  Recall my personal moving experience with toddlers.  It is stressful!

My incredible clients? They handled it like pros!

Team Pincian- thank you for everything. I truly enjoyed working with you three and am confident that your chapter 2 journey has amazing things in store.  Congratulations and thank you again!

D and L- once again, I truly appreciate you passing along my name.  You are the best!  I am so lucky to know you and am proud to call you my friends.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Closed: 1115 Grandview in Kirkwood

Some houses just have a great energy. This is one of them! From the moment that you walk in the front door, it embraces you and welcomes you home.  Grandview closed today.  I am so excited for the new chapter this amazing family is about to embark upon.

Thank you and a warm congratulations to the C family!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Just For Fun: Hydrangea Bounty!

From my garden to my mantle this morning...

I couldn’t resist. What a terrific St. Louis growing season it has been for hydrangeas thus far!

Monday, June 20, 2016

A few days in Clearwater, Florida...

The ocean called and I managed to sneak away to the Gulf of Mexico last week for a couple of days of fun in the sun on the tranquil beaches of Clearwater, Florida.

A peek at the fun...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Closed: #405 Auber in Parkway West

It was an exciting morning here at the Coldwell Banker Gundaker Corporate Centre office!  My Buyers closed escrow on #405 Auber.  These particular clients have an amazing eye and are incredibly handy with a lot of fun projects planned. I cannot WAIT to see the final product/makeover.

A warm congratulations and thank you to the B family!!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

New Client Recommendation on LinkedIn

Waking up to this new client recommendation on my LinkedIn profile totally made my morning!  Thank you for the kind words and generous endorsement, Bill!  No one can vouch for a Realtor's work ethic, integrity, and abilities like their former clients. Thank you, thank you for taking the time to share your recent listing experience.  

Read my other client testimonials HERE. Connect with me on LinkedIn HERE.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Just for Fun: Anchors away

I snuck down South for a couple of days of fun in the sun. Charming beach curb appeal to the max...

You had me at white picket fence and anchor shutters!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

CLOSED: #845 Woodside Trails in Ballwin (Marquette)

It was a great day for my Seller, yesterday...  Woodside closed!  Congratulations B and thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to play such an instrumental role in the sale.  Gorgeous unit and lucky Buyer.

What a terrific start to the weekend!

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