Such a late post- we sold Hildring House a couple of months ago, (Dan here; you know I can’t resist commenting. It has been more than a couple. But the Hildring House Debra’s Domain Transformation was one of the highlights of the adventure, so it’s worth looking back.) and we have moved on to a new adventure – “the Cottage on the Corner,” which we will talk about soon. At least I hope there will be something in some state of at-least-partial-completion that we can talk about.
This is the pre-purchase, MLS listing photo.
Not horrible, but not at all my style.
The first thing that happened was the closet. Mr WTB very wisely insisted that the guest room (aka Debra’s domain) have a closet installed STAT. The before closet was a 1950’s 3×3, not adequate even for a clothing minimalist. Luckily, there was a closet in the garage which backed up to the guest room. We had it flipped, installed some pretty mirrored doors, and then Container Store came and did magic. Voila! a functional, pretty closet space.
Dan again – you can see the post where we talked about doing this closet HERE. You might also remember the post about re-fitting the 3×3 closet that she mentions. You can find that one HERE.
A guest post from Michael Longsdon at elderfreedom.net about downsizing for seniors.
Dan here. We’re going to take a brief break from the transformation at Hildring House to explore downsizing.
Michael Longsdon of elderfreedom.net reached out wanting to share some information on downsizing for seniors on With the Barretts. I thought this was a timely subject (and not just because I’m knocking on the door of Social Security and Medicare, myself). This month’s issue of Debra’s real estate newsletter – Harmonious Home Adventures – is devoted to downsizing.
Folks downsize for all sorts of reasons and aging is a major one, for sure. So, our thanks to Michael and elderfreedom.net for taking the time and recognizing that adventures take many forms. Here is Michael’s article:
The Best Advice for Seniors Wanting a Successful Downsize for Their Golden Years
Are you considering transitioning into a smaller home for your golden years? Moving into a house which will be less costly and easier to maintain can be tempting, but sometimes, the process of downsizing is daunting. Here is some important advice for finding the right home and making a successful transition.
Tyler, who writes for Hamillcreek.com, reached out to WiththeBarretts about sharing a post lauding timber frame home construction. We’re pleased for the opportunity to share his work – and to feature the Hamill Creek site. Go check it out – it’s well worth the visit.
Here is Tyler’s article:
Timber Frame Home Designs – Eternally Beautiful Homes
Dan here – this post is the latest edition of Harmonious Home Adventures – Debra’s monthly newsletter from Debra Barrett Real Estate. I decided to re-post it here. As you can see, this month the subject is “Why do people move?”
So … Why Do People Move? And What Difference Does It Make?
The number one consideration in any effort to sell anything is: What does the buyer want? Notice that I said “want.” Not “need.”
What buyers need may be important – it may be the reason that they’re in the market in the first place. It probably forms the mental checklist that they consult before even looking at a property.
But nine times out of ten, what they want controls what they buy.
Listening to Debra talk about some of her recent projects, I asked her to do another “Why Design Matters” post. As usual, my comments will be in italics. Here it is:
I’ve done a couple of consultations recently that really made me happy and I’d love to share them with you:
I finished an exterior color consultation last week for a dear friend. She bought her darling little place 16 years ago and she has done a ton of work over the years … but she’s never been happy with the brick.
Just a quick note that Debra’s broker, Virginia Cook Realtors, (Debra’s page here) has a new listing in Wedgwood – if you or anyone you know is in the market.
From the flyer – “Charming Wedgwood home on a great block with super storage and plenty of living space! Nice lot with sprinkler system, covered back porch and pool-sized back yard. Laminate and tile floors, gas starter on fireplace, large family room with built-ins open to oversized kitchen. Flexible space could be second living, office, or even 4th bedroom with closet addition. Extra large utility room with space for freezer or second refrigerator.”
At $189,900, this 3-2-2 is a great value. Debra’s real estate contact info is here.
More travel and the continuing saga of Hildring House are next – stay tuned!
As always, thanks for coming along on our adventures With the Barretts!