Kate Seaman Team at Warren Real Estate

Kate Seaman Team at Warren Real Estate
Warren Real Estate | 830 Hanshaw Road | Ithaca, NY 14850

Modern design for a mid-century home

If you know me, you know I am a huge fan of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper!!” I’ve always wondered what it would be like to flip a house and had been waiting for the right opportunity for a while. Well that opportunity came late last year when 69 Oakcrest Road came on the market.  304044

The location was phenomenal (under 7 minutes to Cornell), it was in Cayuga Heights school district, it had a two bedroom accessory apartment and was very close to shopping and restaurants.  It had never been on the market before and the price was right so we dove in head first!! We had a signed contract 7 days after it hit the market and we broke ground on the remodel the day of closing- January 8th, 2016

Now for the fun part!!! Our overall goal was to modernize the mid-century elements of the home.  The house was built in 1965- so only seemed fitting.  The first step was to gut the entire house and reconfigure the floor plan to create an open dining/living room area and a master suite. 12715665_10208725862248694_7820038259899161107_n12654120_10208579902119782_4606419800866762701_n

I also knew I would want to do a complete remodel of all the bathrooms and kitchens.  As a Realtor® I try my best to stay up on what is current in home decorating and design and was excited to put some recent trends to the test!!

This article was in sync with our kitchen design ideas

  1. Muted colors- the kitchen at my house is white with various grey tones so I knew this is the theme I wanted to use here as well.
  2. A new kind of tradition-I knew simple and classic would be the way to go and you can’t get any more traditional than subway tiles- as a bonus, the clean lines enhanced our modern décor elements
  3. Well-lit Cabinetry- We didn’t just stop at the cabinets, we added recessed lighting throughout the house including under the kitchen cabinets.

kitchen before after


In addition to the kitchen- we updated most of the flooring in both the main house and the apartment. The folks at Flooring Inc., had a great blog on 2016 flooring trends. We ended up using large format tile in all of the bathrooms, wide plank grey parquet flooring in the apartment and hardwoods in a warm Provincial brown on the main level of the house.Floors before and after

When it came to the exterior I knew I wanted a BOLD statement for the entry.  We choose a dark blue/grey color for the exterior and a vibrant yellow peep window door for an artsy detail.

42- MAKE IT YOURS (2) We also added low-maintenance landscaping, low maintenance composite decking and replaced all exterior windows with high-quality, energy efficient vinyl windows (also low-maintenance).  We knew low-maintenance was a key element for appealing to home buyers.  If you’re looking for more 2016 exterior trends check out this article on- Hearth and Home 2016-05-08 02.54.29 (532x800)


Other renovations included…..

  1. An full interior paint job
  2. Installed a full water mitigation system with French drains and new footers
  3. Blown in blanket fiberglass insulation
  4. Re-wired all electric with new switching and outlets
  5. Added a hard wired smoke detection system
  6. Added sound proofing and a ceiling fan in master bedroom


This entire process, although stressful at times (and taking much longer than the 2 weeks it takes Chip and Joanna…..hehehehe) was so much fun and quite the adventure!!!!  We had a wonderful team of professionals that helped throughout the process and I strongly recommend them if you’re in the of their services!

Contractor:  2 Pro’s Construction
Select Area Sub-Contractor: Ithaca Building Company, Steve Preheim
Hardwood Floor Re-Finishers: Yale Hardwoods, Randy Yale
Plumbing: Miller Street Mechanicals, Chuck Moss
Painters: Prime Time Painting, Dick Dutton
Landscaping: Linda Yannone
Excavation Drainage Contractor: Axle Excavation.
Staging: Myself and Annette Spearman with the help of Bev & Co.

We are now officially on the market so don’t hesitate to contact me if you or someone you know is interested in a showing!!!  We will be hosting open houses on WEDNESDAY May 11th from 5-7pm and SUNDAY May 15th from 1pm-3pm.

All the best, Kate

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