Jan. 19, 2018
In May 2017 my husband and I bought a fixer home in Hawaii Kai. It was in original 1970 condition and it needed some major TLC!
The renovations that we made were all cosmetic and we (thankfully) didn't have to do any electrical or plumbing work that exceeded the amount to do without a permit.
What we did do: paint, flooring (tile and carpet), lighting, full kitchen, 1 toilet (in 2nd bath) and 1 full bathroom. It doesn't sound like a lot, but it took us 5 weeks. We stayed in our previous home so we didn't have to live through it all. And, luckily I have a very handy husband (James, also on Team Aloha Tony) who has built homes from the bottom, up...so he knew what he was doing and we didn't need to hire a general contractor or a construction manager!
As of now (7 months later), we could sell this house for about $100K more than what we paid for it. We only spent a little over $20K on the renovations. Here are some before and after pics.
We took down the wall between the living room and the kitchen to open it up. And added a bar.
The Old Kitchen
The New Wide Open kitchen
Before: the wall between the living room and kitchen.
After: Open living/kitchen with a bar.
Before: dining room
After: dining room. We made the weird closet into a built in hutch. You can also see that we moved the washer/dryer and put in a pantry.
Before: Master bath
After: We put a double vanity in as well as tile backsplash.
Before: looking into living room from enclosed lanai.
After: looking into living room from kitchen.
The key to an efficient renovation is having someone that can plan every step before you start! It's so important in order to finish on time. If you tear out an exhaust vent above the stove top to relocate it, and realize later that you will also need to repair the ceiling above, you'll be constantly chasing your tail. Hiring a construction manager will help save you time and money. Typically, they have contractors in their pocket that will get things done quickly and get you competitive pricing as well.
Call me today to find your Honolulu Fixer upper!
Chelsea Pferschy (808) 754-6000