Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley March 26, 2016

Happy Easter weekend friends! I’m back home in California, my head is filled with design ideas for the house flip, I can’t wait to share the progress in the months to come! For Easter Sunday, we’re headed to church services then I’m hosting a dinner with a few friends, serving lamb chops and spring vegetables, it will be relaxing and lovely I’m sure! Here’s a roundup of favorite links I found around the web this past week, enjoy.

 home makeover

A beautiful home makeover for a young widow.

A dreamy vacation villa in St. Barts.

A stunning beach home tour in Martha’s vineyard.

A charming bed and breakfast in Florence, Italy.

A fresh look for a townhouse only 12 feet wide.

9 small houses under $30K.

An inside look at what it’s like to be cast on HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

How to tone down the heat when your food is too spicy.

Very clever pasta packaging.

40 tips for creative bloggers.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

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Pool Remodel #2

By Kate Riley March 23, 2016

As I mentioned a few weeks ago we bought another house to remodel in Las Vegas and we’re here working on it this week. I’ll be documenting the process from time to time on the blog, this month the focus is on the outdoors. Yesterday we met with a landscaper to improve the front yard and upgrade the landscaping, last week the contractor we hired finished up the pool remodel in the rear yard.

Soon we will turn our attention indoors, there are popcorn ceilings to be scraped and cabinets and flooring to be removed. This renovation is for resale so we plan to remodel, stage, and sell it. We’re hoping to be done by fall but since it’s an out of state project which requires traveling back and forth once a month to check on progress, we’re staying flexible on finishing in within a certain amount of time.

One necessary improvement was replacing all the peeling plaster inside the pool and giving it a facelift, the job is now complete!

 pool tile

Thankfully the tile was in really good condition, it has some film on it in some places but that’s a lot easier to treat than replacing the tile, something we dealt with last year with pool remodel #1 in the first Vegas house. (That pool remodel was more costly it required removing a broken glass block wall, a new structural wall, and also brand new tile and plaster.)

We hired the same company as we did last time and again they did a fantastic job. New plaster (called “marcite”) requires that the pool is emptied and the old plaster is removed all the way down to the gunite base. Here’s a look at the spa once the plaster was removed and then after it was replaced.

 gunnite base

 new spa plaster

Below is the pool after the old marcite was drilled and removed and before the new plaster was added. We kept the blue tile in place since it was attractive and in good condition.

 old plaster removed

In process:

 finishing new plaster

Complete:

 smooth plaster

 new plaster

 

New pool plaster must cure for a few weeks but as soon the pool is filled up again, it is ready for swimming!

  remodeled pool spa

A pool remodel is an expense, it cost several thousand dollars just to give it this facelift and replace the plaster but it adds so much value when it comes time to sell (and it won’t slow up the sale for those that don’t want to take on such a project). There are a few nice palms and bushes in the rear yard but we will add a few more before we sell.

 palms pool

This house has a great floor plan with transitional indoor/outdoor living because of the wide covered loggia that stretches the length of the house. This is so valuable for those who live in the desert, it allows you to sit in the shade outdoors even with higher temperatures. There is room for a sofa, chairs, chaise lounges and a dining table to make outdoor living and entertaining enjoyable spring through fall.

 outdoor covering

We plan to replace all the windows and slider to also add value.

 remodeled pool

 remodeled spa pool

I’ll update you all on the progress on this house in the months to come including the multiple bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room renovations!

Meanwhile I’m taking the next two days to enjoy Spring Break with friends and family. I’ll be back on Friday to share some weekend links and then I’m headed back to California.

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