Sherwin Williams 2019 Color Trends

The Property Experts of Johnson City, Tennessee, Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

The Property Experts of Johnson City, Tennessee, has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Our firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Customer service is our top priority,” said Sam Taylor, owner of The Property Experts. “Because remodeling and interior design is so personal, we strive to provide the best possible experience. Our designers and contractors will be in our clients’ homes, and we always want them to feel comfortable while we’re there so they are excited about their redesigned space after we’re finished.”

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Fall and Winter 2017 Interior Design Color Trends

Fall is almost here, and we are already researching what home design and color hues will be huge for Fall and Winter 2017.

Missing color?  You are not alone!  For a few years now, the “go-to” colors were cool whites and grays for interiors.  This year finds us moving away from the all-white and gray scene.  Instead, people are embracing warm, rich shades of brown, green, mocha, tan, blue, and even blush!  Yes!  Pink is back…easy, soft pinks!  It seems we are craving those tones that replicate what we see in nature everyday.

In fact, the most popular shade of green right now is a dark green, sometimes called “Greenery.”  You can find it in kitchens, baths, and even on furniture in the coming months.

Matte black is another color that will be seen as well.  New matte black appliances, lighting fixtures, and even bathroom fixtures will make a debut.  Adding one matte black piece to any room makes a big statement and is a great way to refresh your space.

Copper fixtures and copper touches, although still in vogue, will be replaced with brass!  You will see lots of warm brass lighting and lamps, brass accents on tables, and even on sofas and upholstered pieces.

Gone are the days of generic, bland furniture sets.   We are now into the mixing and matching of furniture pieces that create a space that brings together serenity and comfort but that also functions to best suit your needs.  Velvet is huge this Fall and Winter!  Pairing velvet with woven textures and smooth metals will generate a smart and classic look for your home.  Picture a beautiful velvet chair and an antiqued brass lamp complimenting a room with woven baskets, a rough-sawn wood table, and soft, nubby textiles.  Wouldn’t you want to curl up there with a good book or relax after a day at the office?

Bedrooms are getting rid of big bulky beds and utilizing upholstered headboards to create a softer, cozier feel.  Duvets, all-white sheets, and boring bedding will be replaced with lots of soft quilts and comfortable blankets and those colors that wrap us in pleasant tranquility.

You will see more and more people extending the life of their outdoor spaces by adding portable heaters and/or fireplaces, soft, woven throws and pillows, and gentle outdoor lighting.  Outdoor furnishings will be imitating the trend that is happening indoors, as well.

Relaxation is our #1 goal for Fall and Winter.  We are craving our spaces to be soothing retreats these days, and many of our design trends are following this path as well.  You will discover that there are many new ways of creating a sanctuary in your home, whether it is a small nook in a larger space or an entire room dedicated to become your refuge, whether it is indoors or outdoors.

Home Remodeling Projects That Don’t Pay Off

Not every remodeling project will increase your home’s value. Some, in fact, can really turn off potential buyers. Value-reducers include:

Remodeling projects that are a bad investment

A built-in pool that takes up most of the yard.

In fact, an in-ground pool is a deterrent in many locations.  Some buyers are simply not interested in the upkeep of a pool if the location only allows pool use for 5-6 months or less.   A friend of mine recently sold her home with a lovely pool area for much, much less than she had anticipated.  She says she basically sold her home and gave the new owners the pool to go with it, free of charge!  She did not recoup her costs.  Certainly pool areas are awesome, just be sure your location supports good resale for pools before spending too much.

 

A super-large garage.

You may love the fact that you can house more than two cars and still have room for your motorcycles and/or other toys, or to work on those motors, bikes, cars, and woodworking items.  However, potential buyers may not share your enthusiasm for your motorized babies.  They may prefer additions to consist of more living space, rather than non-living space.

 

Strange room layouts, such as a bedroom that can only be accessed through another bedroom.

What can I say?  This is a deal breaker for so many buyers.  No explanations necessary.  While additional living space is always welcomed, bedrooms that can only be accessed through another bedroom are not ideal.  Bedrooms that have two or more ways to enter (read: two doors to the room) are another turn off to buyers.  Good furniture placement is hard to achieve in this type room.

 

A poorly designed addition that looks “tacked on.”

Using completely different building materials, a whole new decorating scheme, or something that feels disconnected to the rest of the house is a definite no-no.  Opt for additions that flow easily into the existing plan.  Consult a professional!

 

Remodeling projects with poor resale value

Too much white marble.

White marble is beautiful in its simplicity as accents to kitchens and baths, and even when used in furnishings and accessories…but this is the perfect example of “too much of a good thing!”

 

Any upgrade that prices a house significantly above those in the neighborhood.

We all want a beautiful and timeless $100,000 kitchen with all the bells and whistles!  What a joy to behold and to cook in and gather in with friends and family!!!  Sadly, a $100,000 kitchen in a neighborhood of $200-300,000 homes will not support good resale value.  Your home value is reflective of your neighborhood as well as its own condition and upgrades.  Fair or not, that is the way the housing market works.

 

The market value of your home is always dictated by prospective buyers.  When remodeling or upgrading, always consult a professional to estimate cost, get design ideas, and decide the best bang for your buck as far as resale.   This is the best way to keep from being surprised by a low rate of return when the time comes to relocate.  A small fee for a consultation is a small price to pay for peace of mind when spending money on your largest investment:  Your Home!

 

 

The Property Experts Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

The Property Experts has won “Best Of Service” on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Our 9 year old interior design, remodeling, and real estate firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including The Property Experts of Johnson City, Tennessee,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Job Opening: Interior Designer

Residential interior design which requires space planning, product and finish selections, and all applications including kitchen and bath design. Property Experts Designers are responsible for providing superior customer service by designing kitchens and baths using computer-aided drafting software. Our designers are responsible for meeting with clients at their homes and/or in the showroom, prepare detailed design to meet customer needs. Create interior spaces that reflect customers’ needs and tastes. In addition to design responsibilities, designers are required to have strong project management skills.

 

Essential Knowledge, Skills

  1. ASID or NKBA member OR 3 years of experience as kitchen/bath designer or interior designer
  2. Experience with CAD design or design using 20/20 software
  3. Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point
  4. Strong communication skills
  5. Project Management and Detail oriented

 

Contact Sam Taylor at sam@thepropertyexperts.com or (423) 631-0400 to apply.

Progress 2015 from Johnson City Press

We were featured in the Johnson City Press 2015 Progress Report for downtown Johnson City real estate and community development.

Read the full article on the Johnson City Press website.

There is Beauty in Simplicity

simple interior design

I love the movement we’re seeing in the design world toward simplicity.   All things white, bright, and airy are making their appearance in beautiful spaces.

When it comes to beautiful interior design, often times less is more and simple equates to elegance. With a clean and simple palate, the right accessories can help add some pop and pizazz to most any space.

Another idea to help create a simple — yet sophisticated — design is to incorporate an eclectic look as opposed to trying to coordinate every single piece. The openness of a white, bright and airy design will offer endless design opportunities. Take a peak at these dreamy bedroom designs and their refreshing spin on white.

Minimal furniture, natural wood tones and white linens make this bedroom feel simple and sunny.  I am also totally in love with this mid-century modern wishbone chair; it is the perfect alternative to a bulky nightstand.  Again, consider designs that are simple, yet functional. The natural wood tones actually help the other design elements to stand out and shine.

 

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

Leonardo da Vinci

Make it simple, but significant

Don Draper

These luxuriously simple bedrooms get down to the basics with their exposed wood beams, painted brick, reclaimed hardwood flooring.

Notice the impact of the pendants which are sleek but not overpowering.

The combination of the exposed beams, the painted brick and the pendants bring a true eclectic atmosphere to the space

minimalist interior design

interior design minimalism

 

This simple black and white bedroom sheds all things unnecessary with a monochromatic color scheme and bare bulb light fixture.

The bold black and white stripes are classically simple, yet playful and fun.

Does the white help accent the black, or does the black help accent the white? This type of design will prove timeless and would appeal to almost any taste.

striped minimalism

stripped minimal design

 

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