Out & About, 03.17

Your guide to LA for March 2017


Posted on March 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in Arts | Tagged , , ,

DIY Projects to Increase the Resale Value of Your Home

Whatever you’re passionate about, you know hobbies cost money. People who haven’t shaken the travel bug need to negotiate time off work, pay for lodging, airfare and more. If you’re a big football fan, the amount you spend on food, snacks, game tickets and clothing adds up during the course of a season. Even simple hobbies like fishing can require a seemingly endless number of gadgets and electronics.

Fortunately, for anyone who likes to roll up their sleeves and isn’t afraid of taking on a new house project, their DIY hobby can actually save them money. In particular, homeowners who are getting ready to make a move and want to get top dollar for their property can take on a number of home renovation projects that will increase the value of their home.

With today’s powerful, easy-to-use tools, it’s never been easier to fix up your house in a way buyers will notice and you can cash-in on. Even veteran DIYers are amazed at the quality of workmanship they’re able to do thanks to a new generation of drills, saws, sanders and other tools. One versatile saw that’s perfect for home renovations is the RotoZip RotoSaw+, which can plunge and cut through tile, stone and drywall, providing precision control that is equal to its power.

If you love the satisfaction of fixing things and are hoping to get a high offer on your house, here are five DIY projects that may increase the resale value of your home.

INSTALL LIGHT FIXTURES
Lighting has a tremendous effect on how potential buyers perceive your house. While it’s important to keep the rooms and hallways well lit, you’ll want to make sure the source that produces the light is also stunning. Using a RotoSaw+ to make precise plunges and cuts in the wall or ceiling, you can easily install glorious new fixtures.

CAP IT OFF WITH CROWN MOLDING 
It’s odd how many people look up when deciding if the house is right for them. That’s why so many realtors suggest adding crown molding. It’s a simple addition that adds a touch of charm and makes a big statement about the value of the home.

ADD A BACKSPLASH
Buyers pay a lot of attention to the kitchen and the bathroom. One of the most eye-catching effects you can add is a backsplash around the sink and the counter space. To get the full effect, use high-quality tile and a RotoSaw+ to get the precise cuts needed for a perfect fit.

FRONT YARD
Backyards are great but when you’re selling your home, the front yard is where buyers make their first impression. Go beyond well-trimmed hedges and green lawns by building decorative fixtures such as a bench, flower crates made of reclaimed wood or other such projects that combine craftsmanship and taste.

GET RID OF CARPET
Carpet is fast going the way of wallpaper, and there are few home buyers out there who prefer carpet to wood floors. Rip that carpet up! Depending on your skill level, you can choose to cut, sand, stain and install the floorboards yourself, or invest in interlocking boards that snap in place.

Your DIY remodeling project doesn’t have to be complicated.

RotoZip offers two models of RotoSaws able to cut multiple materials. Call 1-877-ROTOZIP or visit www.rotozip.com for more info.
Article courtesy of Brandpoint Content


Posted on February 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in DIY, Home Design, Real Estate Tips | Tagged ,

Out & About, 02.17

Your guide to LA for February 2017


Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:35 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in Arts | Tagged , , , ,

Selling Homes. Changing Lives.

As you know, I am a member of a non-profit called Home For A Home (www.homeforahome.org).

Home for a Home is driven by the belief that a safe, solid home can be the catalyst to dramatic and positive change in people’s lives. At each closing, I make a donation to fund the construction of homes for families in critical need. With this donation, we are building homes in the poorest areas of Guatemala. The houses are simple, yet solid. They provide a huge improvement from the conditions most of our recipients are living in before receiving one of our homes, often dramatically improving our clients lives.

Left are pictures of the Suy Alvarado family and their new home in Guatemala. Thanks to my clients, I was able to make donations in their honor at the close of each escrow toward funding the construction of this home.

 

 


Posted on January 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in Charity, Uncategorized | Tagged ,

In With The Old

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Now is a popular time for home improvement as people think about renovating their homes prior to selling. It is also a time for change, which makes the current trends in home décor so unique.

Simply put, what’s old is new again. Home­owners are gravitating to classic and timeworn elements to give their home a traditional feel.

Character is not something with which every home is born. Newer construction often sac­rifices some of the charm or detail of older home styles that can be incorporated with strategic use of materials and furnishings.

Imagination is the limit for homeowners, but here is a sam­pling of what can be done.

RUSTIC CHARM OF WALL ACCENTS
Adding a wood accent wall can create the feel of a farmhouse or even an industrial loft. Wood can add an artistic element or focal point to backsplashes and ceilings. Whatever your goal, accent wood makes a statement.

MIXING ERAS WITH FURNITURE
Antiques and classic period pieces mix well with more contemporary furnishings to create an eclectic style in a newer home. Mid-century modern elements – from archi­tecture to furniture – weave their way into home décor again this season, proving their staying power.

SMALL TOUCHES: FIXTURES AND SURFACES
Don’t forget the little details: a glass door­knob, an oil-rubbed light fixture or a stained glass panel in the window. These touches go a long way to convey the look of another era in a newer home.

BUILD FROM THE GROUND UP
Install new flooring that’s inspired by the charm of vintage floors. Retailers like Lumber Liquidators sell an array of flooring styles that mimic the look and feel of vintage woodwork – wide planks that echo farmhouse floors, distressed finishes and much more. By replicating techniques such as wire brushing and hand scraping, distressed flooring achieves the look of vintage craftsmanship.

If homeowners are looking to imbue thier home with the timeless details of tradition, there’s a project of every scale. New materials that are designed to look old will not only per­form better, they’ll last for years to come. And “timeless” is always on trend. 

Article courtesy of Brandpoint Content

 


Posted on December 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in Home Design |

See the light

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The Enchanted Forest of Light, that is. Take a mile-long journey through ten magical worlds of light set in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Maple (the restaurant Eater La called “a stone cold stunner”) will do a pop-up dinner service, too. Snap up tickets fast!

Read more at Descanso Gardens.


Posted on November 29, 2016 at 6:02 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in Events | Tagged , , ,

The Colors of 2017

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Here’s one top expert’s predictions on the hottest interior color trends for the year ahead… plus a look at how they transform rooms. (Their choice for Color of the Year might surprise you.)
Read more at Benjamin Moore

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 10:14 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in Home Design |

4 important tips for planning a kitchen remodel

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(BPT) – Kitchen upgrades can seem daunting. From full renovations to hardware updates, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your dream kitchen. To make the process as smooth as possible, Delta Faucet compiled key tips to keep in mind as you embark on the remodeling journey. These quick guidelines will help you focus on the end result and ensure the overall experience is enjoyable.

Storage solutions

Determine storage needs based on how you work. Take inventory of kitchen tools and accessories to determine your path forward. For example, install a cabinet near the stove specifically tailored for pots and pans, or add a narrow cabinet by the oven to house cookie sheets and trays within easy reach. If you rarely use your food processor or slow cooker, choose a cabinet out of the way to guarantee storage space for the items you will need to access more readily. Plan a designated place for every kitchen utensil and appliance to avoid messy drawers and cluttered cabinets.

An island for your needs

A multifunctional island delivers additional storage and prep space to almost any kitchen. Customize your island area based on your cooking and entertaining style. Make the most out of the space to fit your needs. Avid cooks who prepare many big meals might consider including a prep sink for rinsing fruits and vegetables. Conversely, those who love to entertain can use the island to add counter space for hors d’oeuvres and accommodate bar stools.

Faucet functionality

Few people enjoy rinsing messy dishes, but the proper faucet can make this chore easy and carefree. Blending design and functionality, the Delta Mateo Kitchen Faucet with optional Touch2O Technology is an ideal choice for any kitchen redesign. Touch2O Technology with the TempSense system allows the faucet to be turned on and off with just a touch, simplifying kitchen tasks during food prep and clean-up. An LED light at the base of the faucet changes color from blue to red to alert users to the water’s temperature and avoid surprises. Beyond innovative technology, the faucet’s transitional design – inspired by the Italian countryside – works well with a variety of style preferences, creating a beautiful kitchen focal point.

Quick and easy design upgrades

When designing the kitchen of your dreams, take into consideration that tastes and styles are ever evolving. Peel-and-stick backsplashes are budget-friendly as well as quick and easy to install. If your favorite finish or pattern preference changes in a few years, simply replace with a new design for an appealing refresh.

Take the time to plan appropriately with these four tips in mind and you will create a space perfectly tailored to all your kitchen needs. For more information, visit deltafaucet.com.


Posted on November 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in Home Design |

Arts Calendar for November 2016

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Posted on October 31, 2016 at 6:57 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in Events |

Giving Back

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Did you know that when you home buy or sell your home you can positively impact someone else’s life? By working with a Home For A Home member such as myself, you will be helping to make the world a more safe and secure place for someone in need.

I believe that we live in a world where those who can help should. Being a part of an organization that shares those same values is something very dear to me. My goal, like those of other agents in the group, is to fund and build homes for those in need. As a Home For A Home member, I am committed to making a donation to Home For A Home with every closed transaction. Know that by working with an agent such as myself you will also be helping to provide a family the same feelings of safety and comfort we do.

Contact me for more information on Home For A Home and how you can help a family in need through real estate. 

our mission
Our mission is to provide homes for those in need.

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization driven by the belief that a safe, solid home can be the catalyst to dramatic and positive change in people’s lives.

inspiration
In high school, ‘Home for a Home’ founder Nick Cooper visited Mexico every spring break with a group of fellow students to build houses for the poor. The experience of seeing such stark poverty and lack of adequate housing left a lasting impression.

After college, Nick found success in his real estate career, but over time felt a lack of purpose and became determined to find a way to create a positive impact through his work efforts.

Inspired by the rise of social enterprise, Nick explored the idea of using real estate as a vehicle to relieve suffering and provide hope in people’s lives.

With the innovation and expertise of fellow co-founders Chris Cheng and Joey Schultz, the concept of using revenue from real estate transactions to sustainably support home construction for those in need was created.

how it works
When someone uses a ‘Home for a Home’ member to represent them in the purchase of a property, the agent donates a portion of their commission to fund the construction of a home for a family in need.

The houses are simple, yet solid.

They provide a huge improvement from the conditions most of our recipients are living in before receiving one of our homes.


Posted on October 28, 2016 at 8:12 pm
Joel Vendette | Posted in Charity, Uncategorized |