The host of the “Daily Show,” Trevor Noah, has picked up another purchase in Bel-Air, the L.A. Times reported.
The comedian has shown that he has seriously expensive taste in real estate, splashing out a whopping $27.5 million on a luxury mansion in the swanky Los Angeles neighborhood. The deal closed at the end of the year, realtor.com® records show.
The contemporary mansion had been on the market for as much as $36 million in 2018, but the price was reduced over the years. It was first cut to $32.5 million and landed at $29.5 million in 2020, before Noah scooped it up for an even lower amount.
If the transaction seems familiar, it’s because it isn’t his first foray into the Bel-Air market. In 2019, the stand-up star purchased a posh pad in the same area for $20.5 million. He then flipped that mansion for $21.7 million in August. He has now jumped back into the real estate game with an even pricier property.
Designed by the architect Mark Rios and built in 2014, the home spans 11,000 square feet and offers indoor-outdoor living, with city and ocean views.
The roomy floor plan includes six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and three powder rooms, in a residence surrounded by gardens and pathways. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the living area lead out to a pool. The main level layout also features a chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, and den.
Upstairs, the master suite features dual bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes. Another four en suite bedrooms, office, or staff quarters complete the second floor.
Watch: Jeff Foxworthy Lists His Dream Home in Georgia
Other luxe amenities include a gym, spa, office, lounge, third-floor screening room with rooftop terrace, and a separate guest suite with a game room.
The property is also equipped with an elevator and Crestron automation, as well as a security office and motor court.
Noah, 36, has hosted the “Daily Show” since 2015. He has been delivering a stripped-down show from his Manhattan condo since the coronavirus pandemic.
The show, now dubbed “The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah,” features him wearing a seemingly limitless wardrobe of hoodies in varying shades. He picked up the Hell’s Kitchen penthouse for $10 million in 2017.
The South African has been sharing his good fortune, and has reportedly been paying the salaries of 25 of his crew himself, since they were put on furlough when the in-studio production was halted.
It seems he can afford it. Forbes ranked the Emmy-award winning entertainer as the fourth highest-paid comedian in 2019, with a reported income of $28 million, mainly for his stand-up shows. His memoir, “Born a Crime,” was a critically heralded New York Times bestseller.
Linda May with Hilton & Hyland represented the seller. Jonah Wilson with Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.
Jenny and Dave Marrs of “Fixer to Fabulous” are always busy making over other people’s homes, but in the latest episode, they get personal—turning their efforts toward renovating their own rental property.
In the Season 2 episode “Boring Turns Into Boho-Chic,” Dave and Jenny learn that their friends J’Aaron Merchant and Jasmine Hudson are moving from New Jersey back to northwest Arkansas. The Marrses decide to fix up their rental property so Hudson and Merchant can move in.
The problem: This rental needs a lot of work, and with only $95,000 and four weeks to finish the project, it’s going to take a ton of clever solutions to get this home fixed up in time.
To make things worse, Jenny and Dave run into issues when they have to decide whether to renovate the house to their renters’ boho tastes (in the hope of encouraging them to stay for a long time) or to give it a more classic look to try to appeal to other renters in the future.
Read on to learn how the Marrses renovate their rental property, and learn how to create a great space for any guest, no matter how long or short their stay.
No cash for real terrazzo? Make your own
The Marrses are determined to polish up the first impression of this home, so they refresh the exterior with white paint and new windows.
These improvements make the house look fantastic, but when it’s time to work on the front walkway, they aren’t sure what to do. Jenny wants to install a terrazzo walkway, but knows they don’t have the budget for such a pricey material.
So they decide to craft their own makeshift terrazzo out of spare pieces of marble.
“We’re gonna take this marble, break it into teeny little pieces, then put it in concrete to create terrazzo steps,” Jenny says.
The terrazzo look-alike has tons of character and gives a unique look to the front of the house.
Lose the closet to make room for a bar
Jenny knows that this home’s entrance is disappointing. The front door opens right into a small coat closet—and while a closet may be functional, it doesn’t give guests that “Wow!” factor.
Instead, she comes up with an idea to turn this closet into an arched minibar area where they can display pretty drinkware on open shelving, while a cabinet below provides useful storage.
“It’s a built-in that’s functional and really pretty,” she says.
Dave builds the bar area, and when it’s finished, it looks amazing. The wood shelves look perfect, and the beautiful blue-green cabinet really makes the feature stand out.
With a rental, it’s OK to take small risks for the sake of style
Jenny wants to give this house a boho-chic look, starting with the fireplace.
“Imagine if the tile had a little bit of these blush tones in it,” she suggests.
Right away, Dave disapproves, objecting that it’s too risky. He feels the design should be a little safer, to ensure that future renters will enjoy the look as well.
Still, Jenny decides to go for the blush tile, which is installed from floor to ceiling over the fireplace.
In the end, it looks great—the look is definitely boho and definitely feminine, but it’s not so wild that a future renter wouldn’t want to live in this space.
Try some flashy fabric at the breakfast bar
Jenny and Dave redo the kitchen with fun colors and a fresh, youthful feel, so when it comes time to design a breakfast table, they want the style to match. Jenny decides to add a fun, flashy fabric to give the space some sizzle.
“I want this dining nook to be a little bit different,” Jenny says. “I want the bench to have a cushion, and then I have a back bolster cushion as well.”
She chooses a blush material for the bolster pillow and a bolder, black-and-white pattern for the seat. It’s a great combo that makes this dining nook stand out.
Repurpose a garage as a workspace by adding a glass door
Jenny knows that Hudson and Merchant both need workspaces at home. While they’re able to turn the third bedroom into an office for Merchant, they also need an art studio for Hudson.
So, Jenny gets an idea to turn the garage into a studio. It’s an easy swap, as long as she can change one feature: the garage door.
“We’re going to replace this garage door,” Jenny says, looking at the old, worn-out door. “Instead of replacing it with just a normal garage door, what if we replace it with a glass garage door, so that it lets in natural light and this becomes her studio?”
While a glass garage door can be expensive, Jenny and Dave spring for the update and are able to give Hudson a stunning studio.
It’s the perfect solution for anyone who needs a home office but who has assumed that the garage would be a no-go because of the lack of light.
Looking to turn your house into a healthy haven to protect your family from COVID-19? Green Builder, an award-winning trade magazine dedicated to responsible and sustainable construction, has some ideas for you. The magazine has been named “Best Residential Trade Magazine” by the National Association of Real Estate Editors for seven straight years. Recently, managing editor Alan Naditz posted a list of eight “standout, pandemic-proof products” for a healthier home. We wanted to share our favorite products from that list with you:
Kohler’s new intelligent toilet, Eir, has a one-click sanitizer button that activates electrolyzed water and ultraviolet light to clean the unit for what Naditz said is “unparalleled hygiene” against bacteria and viruses. There’s a bidet function, too. It uses a water filtration system that removes impurities, residual chlorine and heavy metals. Also included is a heated seat, customizable cleansing, a night light, hands-free lid opening and closing, automatic flush and a remote.
Read: Remodel Your Bathroom for Less Than $1,000
The Wave Switch from Legrand allows you to turn lights on and off with the wave of your hand, minimizing the need to touch germ-prone surfaces. And, as Naditz points out, the switchless design makes it easy to turn on the lights when your arms are full or your hands are messy. It’s an easy, 15-minute do-it-yourself installation available in several colors. But, keep in mind, it does require a special wall plate.
Divide and Conquer
Bosch’s Climate 5000 series is designed for individual living spaces and rooms. It’s multi-part filtration system acts as a defense against allergens, odors, viruses and bacteria. In warm weather, the system sends inside heat outdoors. In cold months, it uses refrigerant that is naturally colder than outside temperatures to absorb the heat from outside and transfer it inside. The system does not require large-diameter duct work, so it can be retrofitted into existing homes with minimal construction.
A Clean Bathroom Leads to a Healthy Human
Broan’s Surface Shield Vital Vio® Powered exhaust fan has one light mode for standard illumination and another to kill bacteria. The modes can be run individually or together. The new model can be upgraded with an LED grille cover and light module, or you can install the unit with your choice of inclusions: just the fan, just the LED light, or just the standard bright while grille.
The World Health Organization says the coronavirus can live on stainless steel surfaces for days. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to try out a hands-free faucet! Sonoma Forge’s Sans Hands model features an electromagnetic sensor to turn the water on and off, and the finish has antimicrobial properties. When your hands approach the faucet, the magnetic field is interrupted which signals a valve to release the flow of water. When you move away, the water stops. Simple, clean and germ-free!
Read: How Have Cleaning and Hygiene Habits Changed During COVID-19?
Included with each of Carrier’s new flagship air conditioning and heat pump units is an air purifier that uses “capture and kill” technology to trap up to 95% of pollen, animal dander, bacteria and other pollutants. An electric charge then zaps the cell walls of the pathogens. Note: The purifier has not yet been tested against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
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Syndicated newspaper columnist, Lew Sichelman has been covering the housing market and all it entails for more than 50 years. He is an award-winning journalist who worked at two major Washington, D.C. newspapers and is a past president of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.
You hear the term all the time. After all, it’s an essential concept for apartment investors because it not only reflects the viability of your investment but also its value.
But what really is cash flow? How do you compute it, and more importantly, how can you increase the cash flow of your multifamily property?
Cash flow is simply the money that moves in and out of your business. For apartments, the cash coming in is in the form of rent, and the cash flowing out is in the form of expenditures like property taxes and utilities.
Cash flow – or lack of it — is one of the primary reasons businesses, or real estate investments, fail. Without sufficient cash flow, you’ll run out of money. That’s why it’s essential that you have sufficient capital to not only purchase an apartment property but also sustain it in the event that cash flow fails to be what you projected – for example, if units turn over more often than you expect or rents decline.
Here are some ways you can improve the cash flow of your apartment investment:
Increase rents. This is perhaps the fastest and easiest way to improve cash flow. Consider repositioning the property – investing some capital to improve the units and then bumping rents.
Reduce utility costs. Fix leaky shower heads and faucets, which waste water. Install energy-efficient appliances and lighting fixtures.
Decrease expenses. Renegotiate your property management contract, or put it out to bid at the end of the term. Use free rental property listing sites rather than paying a broker to rent apartments.
Encourage residents to stay. Moveouts are expensive, so when tenants renew their leases you’ll save time and money on prepping the unit.
Add additional streams of revenue, such as pet deposits and rent, garage rentals, vending machines or valet trash.
A charming cottage renovated on the HGTV home improvement show “Fixer Upper” is now on the market for $550,000.
Known as the “Bicycle House” and built in 1910, the dilapidated home in Waco, TX, underwent a top-to-bottom renovation by Chip and Joanna Gaines back on Season 1 of their hit show.
After the makeover, the home was put on the market by its owners in July 2017, at $375,000. The place sat on the market for months, but while the sellers waited for a buyer to appear, they pocketed plenty of short-term revenue. In early 2018, the home was listed on VRBO as a vacation rental for $250 a night.
The home finally sold in April 2018 for $293,750. The current owner picked it up as an investment property, and it’s been a successful short-term rental ever since. The current listing on VRBO quotes a nightly price of $267 and notes that the house is “perfect for groups.”
The listing for the home indicates that it is reserved throughout 2021. So a buyer could easily continue with the property as a popular vacation rental or choose to live in it full-time. One thing is sure—the buyers won’t have to do any work besides opening their checkbook.
“It’s turnkey,” says the listing agent, Josh Barrett with Turner Behringer Real Estate. He says that he’s fielded calls all weekend about the listing, as word got out that one of the rarely available “Fixer Upper” homes had once again surfaced on the market.
Watch: This Gorgeous New Farmhouse by Chip and Jo Gaines Is No ‘Fixer Upper’
The one-of-a-kind design comes fully furnished and is convenient to the Gaines’ businesses at the Magnolia Market at the Silos. It’s also close to the hiking and biking trails of Cameron Park, another big tourist attraction.
Before Joanna and Chip got their hands on it, the Mailander House, as it was known, had been in a sorry state. The home was built by the Mailanders, who had come from Germany to open a furniture factory in Waco.
The residence had since fallen into disrepair and was placed on the market in early 2014 for the paltry sum of $44,900, before becoming one of the first homes graced with a renovation on the HGTV show.
The Gaines worked with the owners to restore the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house with plenty of their signature touches. After they were done, the home had a white palette, shiplap accents, and a country-style kitchen.
Joanna also filled the home with gold-toned decor, including a vintage bike, which still hangs on the office wall.
The 1,516-square-foot floor plan includes a dining room, sitting area, and front and side porches with additional outdoor seating, along with a back deck with room for dining. The large lot features a massive, grassy lawn. Interior details include oak flooring, large, light-filled windows, and 11-foot ceilings.
While the house was given a modern makeover, it was nevertheless respectful of its history.
“It still looks original,” Barrett says, marveling at “how authentic it is—and how much personality it has while bringing a new look to it.”
For more photos and details, check out the full listing.
The “Property Brothers” stars know that the coronavirus pandemic has made backyards a premium real estate feature. And, on the latest episode of “Celebrity IOU,” they reveal some prime ways to deck it out.
In the season 2 episode “Justin Hartley’s Bombshell,” actor Justin Hartley enlists Drew and Jonathan Scott to help his friend Mat upgrade his backyard. Mat and his family moved into their Los Angeles house just a year and a half ago, and they spent all of their savings renovating the interior.
While staying home in 2020 in a newly updated house may sound great, this family was still stuck with a run-down backyard and a broken pool. Now, Drew and Jonathan have just three weeks to fix up this outdoor space and make it match the modern look of the house.
See how the Scott brothers give this yard everything it needs to ride out the pandemic—which might inspire a few changes in your own backyard, too.
1. Add indoor luxury to your yard with an outdoor kitchen and bar
Drew and Jonathan know, from the beginning, that they want to give this yard an outdoor kitchen with a grill, fridge, pizza oven, and porcelain counter. But halfway through the project, Hartley requests the extension of the porcelain counter to include a bar.
“Mat hasn’t been able to get around to installing a bar inside, so Justin wants to give him one outside,” Jonathan says. “This stunning porcelain-top bar will not only be a focal feature, but the perfect spot for Justin and Mat to sip on their favorite spirits.”
When the bar is finished, it looks beautiful. Plus, with this extra porcelain bar surface to be used as an eating area or an extra food prep space, this outdoor kitchen is as functional as an indoor kitchen.
2. A pergola provides shade for outdoor dining
With a kitchen and bar ready to go, the brothers know this backyard will need a great dining area. And while setting up a table and chairs is easy enough, Drew and Jonathan realize that the hardest part of outdoor dining in California is planning for the sun.
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This backyard will get warm, especially during the summer, so the Scott brothers add a pergola to the dining space.
While any shade will undoubtedly be appreciated in this space, this pergola comes with Hartley’s touch of star quality because the slats up top can be electronically shifted to let in a little bit of sun (or none at all). It’s a great upgrade that makes this beautiful yard feel ultraluxe.
3. Choose a colorful waterline tile for a modern pool
One of the most important things on Hartley’s list is to fix up the broken pool. Not only does it need to work so Mat and his family can finally go swimming, but it also needs a serious style update.
So, while the Scott brothers handle getting this pool up and running, it’s up to Hartley to help with the style.
Hartley says that Mat likes a modern look, but he doesn’t want to make the backyard feel too stark. So when it’s time to pick out a waterline tile, Hartley chooses a chic blue tile that looks both contemporary and classic.
“It’s cool, like a modern but vintage kind of look,” Hartley says. “It looks like it’s been there for a while.”
4. Set the mood with a dark fire feature
With a beautiful outdoor kitchen and an updated pool, Hartley knows that the only thing this backyard is missing is a spot to hang out and relax. So the brothers design a private fire pit area where Mat and his wife can enjoy quiet nights outside.
The design is great, but when it comes time to choose materials, the pressure is on for Hartley. He likes the idea of using a dark stone to give the space a modern, romantic feel.
“That’s probably something you’re going to use at night,” Hartley says of the fire feature. “Maybe he and his wife want to have a romantic evening, maybe come out here and tell each other how much they love each other. So I don’t know, I’m thinking something darker.”
Hartley goes with his gut and chooses the dark option for the fire feature. It’s a great choice; plus, with light-colored rocks on the ground around it, the dark color really stands out. In the end, this extra sitting space ends up being a standout in this beautiful new yard.
5. Finish the yard with some great foliage
There are many beautiful features in this backyard, but Drew and Jonathan know that they need just one more thing to make this space feel lush: greenery.
“Most people think a water feature in a backyard softens the hard lines of an outdoor design,” Jonathan says, “but the greenery is really what balances the hardscapes, making it feel like an oasis.”
Drew and Jonathan go shopping at a nearby tree nursery, choosing practical plants like lemon and lime trees that Mat can use at the bar, mesquites to provide some shade, as well as plenty of grasses and shrubs.
Of course, the brothers want to find plants that are beautiful but also easy to care for.
“Justin wants this backyard to be a much-needed escape for Mat to maximize time with family, so we want to choose greenery that will minimize watering and yardwork,” Drew says.
At the end of the three weeks, Drew, Jonathan, and Hartley are able to present Mat and his family with a stunning backyard. Mat is shocked to see how much the space has changed, and his wife and two daughters are thrilled to find a luxurious space to hang out together. It looks like Hartley’s project was a big success!
The weather is starting to get cooler, which means it’s a good time to get your home ready for the upcoming winter. Doing basic home maintenance seasonally, not only protects your home, but can hopefully detect and prevent major costly repairs down the road. The easiest way to do your winter checklist is to take a top-down approach.
Start with the Roof
After the especially active and harsh storms this spring and summer, it’s a good idea to check out your roof. Look for any loose or missing shingles and check around fireplaces for any gaps. If you have a fireplace chimney, have it inspected and cleaned before you light your first fire.
Read: DIY Home Improvement: Give Back to Your Home This December
It’s also a good idea after the leaves have fallen, to clear out the gutters and downspouts of any debris and clogs. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this task, definitely look into hiring someone who specializes in these sorts of inspections and repairs.
Checking the Exterior
Drain and remove any hoses from the spigot on the side of your home. By not doing this, water could freeze and burst inside of your home. Don’t forget to drain your sprinkler system and any outdoor fountains. If you’re lucky to have a pool, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to close it up for the season too.
Read: The Dos and Don’ts of Staging Your Home During the Holidays
Cover up outdoor furniture and store away any toys or tools you won’t need during the winter, including your grill. Protect your deck and cement by staining or sealing before the harsh winter weather comes. Wet weather combined with drops in temperature can create cracks in cement or destroy wood decking. Check out your landscaping for any branches that could pose a risk if there were an ice storm. Clear out your garden of any remaining fruits, vegetables, or flowers. Pull any debris away from your foundation to deter any furry or unwanted creatures from nesting during the colder months.
Focus on the Windows and Doors
Inspect the weather stripping on your doors and replace any that look ripped up or missing. Take a look at the glass on your windows and any doors. If you see any fog or water between the pains, chances are they need to be replaced. Check out the caulking around your doors and windows to see if there is any gaps, cracks, or shrinkage.
Stopping heat from escaping your home is going to significantly impact not only your electric/gas bill, but also help keep the wear and tear down on your HVAC system. During the colder months you may even want to consider a heavier fabric on your windows to help keep the cold out and keep the warmth in.
Don’t Forget the HVAC!
Speaking of the HVAC, it is recommended to have your heating system inspected before you turn it on for the new season. This is the same for your air conditioning in the spring. Keeping your system tuned up will help with the longevity of your system and prevent major repairs or replacement.
Taking on these four major tasks can greatly help protect the investment you call home. Being able to detect minor repairs before they become major, or even be able to have a heads up that you should be thinking of replacing something soon. Saving for a new roof or new HVAC on your own timeline can be better than an unexpected surprise during a very inconvenient time or busy time of the season. Not to mention keeping your family cozy, warm, and protected all winter long.
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The winter season can be a great time to sell your house, but while your competition is reduced, success during this time can still depend on a successful open house. To help make your open house as effective as possible, follow these tips.
Take down your decorations. The holidays are over, but if you’re the type that likes to leave the decorations up for a time, taking them down before your open house is a good idea. Prospective buyers may not celebrate the same holidays as you and you don’t want to alienate them.
Clear the clutter. If you haven’t put those holiday gifts away yet, now’s the time. Prospective buyers should be able to focus on your home instead of the collection of things crowding it. Give them nice open spaces to move about and they’ll be appreciative.
Turn up the heat. Warm and cozy is more than a catch phrase during the winter. Bring the temperature up in your home slightly during your open house to keep your guests comfortable. If they are too cold in your home, they aren’t apt to stay long.
Plan for winter apparel. Be it jackets or boots, take extra steps to prepare your entryway for the added material your buyers will bring with them. A designated spot to place these items can make guests feel welcome and keep your home cleaner during the showing and beyond.
Drew and Jonathan Scott know that modern farmhouse is a popular style, but in the latest “Property Brothers: Forever Home,” they witness firsthand one way it can go overboard.
In the Season 4 episode “Forever Home for the Holidays,” the brothers help high school sweethearts Misti and Steve make their new home in Las Vegas functional for their family with four kids. The property has lush greenery and a stable filled with horses, but the house itself is dated and needs work.
With a $135,000 budget, the Scott brothers work hard to give this family the modern farmhouse style they love. They have a lot to do, and with Christmas coming up, they have to finish this project on time.
Here’s how the brothers pull off their renovation in time for the holidays, which might inspire some changes around your own abode, too.
Use gold to glam up your farmhouse kitchen
When Drew and Jonathan first see Misti and Steve’s kitchen, they’re underwhelmed.
The space is certainly dated, featuring lots of wood and a closed-off layout, but the worst part of this space is the chicken wire on the cabinets. The brothers know this family loves their mini Las Vegas farm, but this chicken wire is just too much farm for any house.
So they revamp the entire kitchen, changing the layout so that the area is open and looks out on the living room. They give this farmhouse kitchen some modern flair by replacing the dark cabinets with white ones and adding a stunning white island. Then, to make this space look extra sleek, they top it off with two gold pendant lights and a gold hood vent.
With a balance of fresh white features and an elegant touch of gold, this space looks great. It still has the farmhouse aesthetic, but it now has an elevated feel. Plus, there’s no chicken wire in sight.
“This is the perfect blend of country contemporary,” Jonathan says of the finished kitchen.
Suspended wood can be a creative alternative to faux beams
Steve tells the Scott brothers that he loves rustic, masculine style, especially anything that includes rope or wood. He’s also interested in the dramatic look of ceiling beams, so the brothers look into installing this feature.
“Faux beams will really make Steve and Misti’s kitchen stand out,” Drew says. “Using bold design features like this can really help define spaces in an open plan.”
So Jonathan comes up with a way to include both of Steve’s favorite materials in a creative way. He installs an alternative to faux ceiling beams where wood beams are suspended from the ceiling with rope. This method allows the brothers to build these beams over the kitchen without committing to installing beams all the way across the large living room.
This creative feature is a smart budget saver and has a unique look. Who knows, maybe it will turn into the next modern farmhouse must-have!
Give your living room a wide, open look
While Misti and Steve’s house is big enough to comfortably fit this family of six, there’s a lot going on with the living room layout, which makes the space seem smaller.
Not only are the rooms closed off, making the space feel cramped, but the house also has a sunken living room, which makes the living area feel divided.
So the brothers raise the floor in the sunken living room and open up the walls, turning the space into one open, cohesive area.
“Just the fact that you can cross the whole main floor without having to go down into a pit and back up, what a difference,” Jonathan says.
Use bright wallpaper for a youthful look
Misti and Steve know that their daughter, Maddie, will need her own space now that she’s getting older. With three rowdy brothers, Maddie deserves a quiet, girls-only oasis that’s all her own.
So Jonathan teams up with Maddie to design a fun bedroom she’ll love. Maddie selects some colors and patterns for decor, and then Jonathan adds colorful wallpaper to create a stunning accent wall.
The wallpaper is perfect, bringing a bold look to complement the soft design of the room.
When the room is finished, Jonathan is proud of the look.
“Maddie’s room turned out so beautifully,” Jonathan says, “and I love the fact that she helped me design it.”
A metal fireplace can lend an industrial vibe
Misti wants their home to have a bright farmhouse look, but Steve wants to include an industrial vibe. So, while Drew and Jonathan give the kitchen the full farmhouse treatment, they incorporate Steve’s style in the living room by adding a steel-clad fireplace.
Not only does this new steel feature give the home a more industrial look, it also gives the living space a homey feel. With stockings hung on the mantel, the house feels more like a family home.
“Steve’s getting an industrial mixed-metal accent, Misti is getting a place to hang the stockings, and everyone’s getting an incredible family room,” Jonathan says. “It’s going to make movie nights and Christmas morning extra special.”
The coronavirus pandemic has brought about a new appreciation of backyards and other outdoor spaces. With many of us spending hours and hours at home, we’re all looking for places to relax other than the living room sofa and kitchen. If you have a yard with ample space for you and your family, consider yourself blessed.
But in 2021, outdoor space owners might want to consider taking it up a notch with one of the most sought-after features: an outdoor kitchen.
“I looked at this as an investment our family would enjoy for the next 20-plus years,” says lifestyle expert Evette Rios, who recently embarked on her own outdoor kitchen project.
For people who dream of spending even more time cooking outside and enjoying their backyard, an outdoor kitchen is a must. And now’s the time to get to work to ensure your kitchen is ready when the warm, sunny days arrive.
Take a look at the tips below from experts who have successfully completed outdoor kitchen projects of their own.
1. Set a budget
Outdoor kitchens are not a cheap investment, but the price range is really broad. The cost of an outdoor kitchen ranges from $5,406 to $21,699, according to HomeAdvisor.com. Therefore, there are many ways to tailor your kitchen to your budget.
That being said, you should always prioritize durable materials in an outdoor kitchen.
“Interior furnishings afford a bit more leeway on where you splurge and save,” says HGTV star Laurie March. “But for outdoor kitchens and living spaces, performance and durability—when it comes to cabinetry and appliances—will always be worth it.”
2. Seek out American-made products
Photo by Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens
March says COVID-19 has caused major global supply chain interruptions, which has made acquiring building materials and appliances difficult. But sourcing for your outdoor kitchen might be easier if you opt for American-made products.
“I selected Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, which are manufactured in Connecticut. It made the process so much easier,” says March.
She says it wasn’t only about convenience, but also craftsmanship, quality, and the company’s established history.
3. Order appliances early in the planning process
Appliances are what will make your outdoor kitchen shine. But you’ll want to order them sooner rather than later because some companies have long lead times or backordered items.
March advises finalizing appliance picks first and ordering as quickly as possible.
“It’s easier to store them until you’re ready to install rather than have to wait for them to arrive, which can add substantial time to your project,” she says.
4. Design with four seasons in mind
Photo by Chicago Green Design Inc.
Rios highly recommends designing your outdoor kitchen for year-round enjoyment. For example, in her outdoor kitchen, she knew she wanted durable, high-quality cabinets to keep contents dry even in rain or high humidity.
“Heating elements in different zones of the outdoor space are also crucial,” says Rios. “In the kitchen, our pizza oven helps keep us warm during food prep, and the fire pit is a cozy spot for guests to gather.”
If you have a covered outdoor space, she recommends planning and budgeting for ceiling-mounted heat lamps, or invest in one or two free-standing, mobile heating units.
5. Find the right people for the job
March says homeowners should do their homework and hire the right professionals to guide them through their vision, flag any potential pitfalls, and elevate the overall aesthetic.
“For me, bringing a landscape designer onboard brought the whole vision for our outdoor kitchen and yard together,” says March.
Rios says it’s also important to lock in a trusted contractor and installer to ensure the vision and layout for your outdoor kitchen is doable and within your budget.
6. Have fun with color
Photo by DeGoey Designs
Rios says an outdoor kitchen is the perfect space to have fun with color, whether taking cues from the surrounding landscape or going bright and bold.
“Blues and greens can so easily play off of surrounding elements outdoors. I’m over the all-white kitchen, and I think outdoor kitchens are the perfect opportunity to embrace brighter hues,” says Rios, who used a beautiful juniper-green, powder-coat finish on her outdoor kitchen cabinetry.
7. Design based on how you’ll use your space
“Asking yourself the right questions as you think through design options can provide a lot of helpful guidance,” says March. “How do you want to live outdoors? What’s not working with your current or past space, and how could it rise up to meet you a bit better?”
She says it’s also important to consider who’s going to use the outdoor kitchen space. Does it need to be wheelchair-accessible or suitable for pets and kids?
“These details will dictate so much of your design,” says March.
For her space, she envisioned how it could pivot from a space to cook to a space to entertain. The big, open shelf she installed, for example, serves as additional landing space for items she brings out from the indoor kitchen.