Thursday, January 14, 2010

Makeover Time...

I adore the blog Young House Love. If you are even remotely interested in the trials and tribulations of home ownership, design, do it yourself projects, or creative home solutions... you will love it too! John and Sherry are constantly tweaking their little starter and sharing their tips and finds with their readers. Very interesting read.

One of my favorite sections of the YHL blog is the Reader Redesigns highlight. In a nutshell, readers send in a "before" shot of their space dilemma and then another shot of the "after" solution. As a Realtor, I love the one featured this week, particularly in this economy. Though absolutely ideal for some, the current real estate market / economy is not conducive for everyone to move and seek the space that they feel they need. I speak with frustrated homeowners weekly. Though the market is slowly improving, it has a way to go. For those of you more affected by the economy and holding out a tad longer in the home that you feel you have outgrown, a little inspiration to seek creative solutions:

The reader Mary wrote in stating that she had recently downsized from 2000 sq feet to 1,080 sq feet and no longer had the space room for a desk/office. Though her plan down the road is to add on to the property, in the time being she came up with this clever solution...

Love it. It's all about creative solutions and working with what you have, instead of stressing about what you don't have! Phenomenal example of what a little bit of elbow grease and a lot of creative thinking can accomplish. Thanks again to Young House Love for giving their creative readers a forum to share their ideas with the rest of us.