Split Level Renovations

Split Level Renovations can be tricky because there are some inherent limitations with the split-level layout

Split Level Renovations

Split-level homes generally come in two versions: 1. Garage beside the single story portion and 2. Garage under the two-story portion.  The above photo shows the first version after enclosing of the original garage and adding a new garage wing (on the left). This created a courtyard configuration and changed the entire feel of the house.

The photo below shows another Version 1 with an expansion of the garage (again beside the one story portion) with additional space added above.  The result is a bit disjointed from an architectural perspective but the condition and colors still bring it to life!

Split Level Renovations

The next example is the second type with the garage underneath the two story portion (on the right). This may be one of the most creative split level makeover projects I have seen.  They changed the roof line and took the whole house in the “lodge” direction. So much so that many people might not even recognize the fact that this home is a split level.

Split Level Renovations

 

Want to take your Brick Ranch over the Top?

This home is a prime example of what to do if you Want to take your Brick Ranch over the Top. Take a look at what is behind the curtain!  Key renovations can do to make a HUGE difference.  There are a lot of brick ranch homes in and around Chastain Park in Atlanta.  So here’s a warning: You should not judge a book by its cover – especially when it comes to ranch homes.  I live in a brick ranch and most of them are very predictable.  However, people are doing some really cool things when they renovate these homes and those renovations are very special.  They also command a crowd when they hit the market and sell very fast.

Here is one of our success stories from 2012:
View the Article in the Atlanta Journal

Thinking about painting your 1950’s vintage brick ranch home?

Here are some things to consider that are resulting in FAST sales in today’s real estate market.

Carriage Style Garage Door

This home sold in 3 days – over list price – with multiple offers.  Success was in the details. You will find that this topic ripples further than just paint…  In Atlanta’s market the trend seems to be leaning towards the Craftsman or Manor style detailing found in newer construction. In fact, these details can propel a 1950’s brick ranch way into the future (or at least the present).  Bottom line: Stick with earth tones and grays.

New Hardware throughout

Companies like Restoration Hardware have fueled the trend towards oiled bronze or black door hardware – both inside and out.  In fact, Restoration Hardware is headed back to Buckhead to take over the space which formerly housed the ESPNZone. This trend extends to light fixtures, hinges, deadbolts, strike plates, closets – basically everywhere.  When Buyers look at homes, ANY inconsistencies in hardware really stick out a “cheap” or “lazy”.  I know that is harsh, but the old adage about the “last 5%” applies to renovations as well because it will matter on resale.  Splurging on the high impact items like carriage doors, real gas lanterns, and warm outdoor evening lighting always pays off.

Oh, that includes making sure the shingles and gutters coordinate too!

Some Examples

We have seen the best results lately with monochromatic paint schemes.  Buyers are definitely seeking softer tones and want something other than white white trim.  The following are some photos we have taken while out showing property that illustrate various house styles and paint schemes.

Monochromatic Gray Shades

Monochromatic Gray Shades

Ranch Renovation with Cement  Lap Siding

Ranch Renovation with Cement Lap Siding

Craftsman Style Green/Grey

Craftsman Style Green/Grey

Split Level Makeover

Split Level Makeover

Paint and Stucco over Brick

Paint and Stucco over Brick

Please feel free to let us know if you have specific questions. Our trick when preparing homes for sale is to give the painter the address of a home we want to copy. They just drive by, match the scheme and make it happen 🙂