Even though we were on a tight budget for a recent rehab. project of an investment property in West Chester, we focused on good, clean design, knowing that potential renters would appreciate the new, modern feeling of their living spaces. In the kitchen, light colored cabinets were used to offset the darker tile on the floor and the black granite countertops. We also increased work surface area by adding extra counter space and cabinets above (opposite the refrigerator). Stools could also be tucked underneath for an additional dining surface. The floor is vinyl tile that gets grouted, so the look is very realistic, yet far less expensive and easier to install than ceramic tile. The tile backsplash is a nice detail that really ties all of the room’s elements together, and gives the space an added level of sophistication.
The bathroom had an existing tub that was in good shape, so it was refinished. Again, a great-looking, modern vinyl tile was easily installed on the floor, then grouted. The rectangular shape of the tile helps to visually lengthen the space. A modern style vanity and light fixture give the room added flair, and the band of colored tile around the tub walls ties in with the soothing “spa-like” paint color.
When designing for the unknown potential renter/buyer, our philosophy is to create inviting spaces that won’t look “old” after a short amount of time. The surfaces should be durable, and easily cleaned or replaced if damaged. Spaces should be flexible, so different renters can use them in the way that suits them. Finally, if a renter loves where they live, they’re bound to stay longer, which is the goal of any real estate investor.