Home staging an empty property is slightly different from home staging a property that is being lived in and is already decorated and furnished. Think all you need to so is fit neutral carpets and paint the walls magnolia? No necessarily, as this case study of a recent property I worked on reveals! This three storey detached home is the new kid on the block, but has been designed so well, it effortlessly fits into the landscape of the street and adjacent house fronts.
A lesson in genius property development, the owners bought the house next door, and its large side garden – can you guess what’s coming next?! They built the new property on this plot (after separating the land from the original house and getting approved planning permission, of course!).
What did I love about this house when I was home staging four rooms? Immediately as you enter the house, it has a warm and welcoming feel, with a spacious hall, staircase and landings. Just making these areas larger has created a great sense of space.
The kitchen diner is a very sociable space, with French doors out on to the patio and private garden. I have set the dining table to seat 4 on a round table, so that the floor space is easy to see, but the room could easily sit 6-8 people.
The large lounge I have zoned into activity zones – watching TV (easily seating 4), a reading zone and a study zone. The furniture is neat and light, not to dominate the room, and again to make it easy for viewers to see the size of the floor space and the size of the room.
The four fantastic bedrooms are all a good size, with three double bedrooms and a spacious single, which could easily be a study, home office, or ‘man cave’! This house has very flexible spaces.
Storage within these bedrooms has been designed really well, with three having built in cupboard spaces, so no need for a bulk wardrobe! All I had to do was make sure a hanging rail was out into each cupboard, so buyers realised it was the bedroom’s wardrobe space. And the real surprise bonus is that, as well as a downstairs toilet and family bathroom, two of the four bedrooms have spacious and well-designed en-suites – what a ‘Brucie bonus’!
My favourite part of this beautiful home is the loft master bedroom and en-suite, a great place to escape and relax. Again, fantastic head height on the landing and central staircase (no cramped stairwells in this house!).
Viewers were struggling to see where the furniture might fit in this large loft bedroom, especially the bed and the wardrobe, due to the sloping ceilings. I installed a low level and stylish sleigh bed against one of the roof walls, leaving the flat back wall free for the triple wardrobe. The en-suite is stunning, with a great use of space again – can I use the word spacious again!?
This home would be ideal for a family, a couple of any age or a single person – it’s so flexible, well designed and will be a beautiful home, but too late, as it is now sold! I certainly fell in love with it, one of my favourite home staging projects.
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