Month: May 2014

It’s raining town homes

By now you must be thinking I only go to town homes. Well, you’d be wrong, but I do go to quite a few. To wit: this baby at 1885 sf, 3 Br, 2.5 Ba, and 2 car garage. Like most town homes, this one is uninspired but the size is pretty good. The layout is not as awful as most, but you can decide if you like it or not. Sadly, the decorator didn’t rise to the challenge. It’s not horrible, but it has no Wow, no Zhush, no Ah. There is liberal use of Ikea stuff and she picked the good stuff, so that. Overall, this is a C. Seems harsh, but with a challenging floor plan, it’s a perfect opportunity to really show your stuff. The furniture is awful and looks super cheap. I just think there are some missed opportunities here. So I stand by the C.

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A South Tampa house on the smallest lot in the world

If this house looks vaguely familiar, it’s because my very first post was on this exact same floor plan. This company took this floor plan and bought a house in one of Tampa’s most expensive neighborhoods, razed it, and built this big ass house. Let me say this though, this one is about a zillion times better. They put a shit load of upgrades, NO GRANITE!!!!!!, marble, fantastic lighting, beautiful tile floors set in a herringbone pattern, and this time I took a picture of the outdoor seating areas. The staircase is open. The other is not and it really makes a huge difference because there is a very dark dead zone right in that foyer. I really don’t like some of the side tables used and I really don’t like the kitchen stools. All of the walls were a soothing gray and there were many blue accent walls. I really should say ceiling. You can see it in the first still picture. The color palette is a turquoise, green, and blue situation, which, by the end of the day, felt a little blah. I never thought I’d say that because I really love that combo, but I found myself really wanting more of a statement. Perhaps a coral. I love the way the sliding glass doors are framed and of course, the patio off the kitchen. The walls were all rounded.

The kitchen counters were a solid white quartz with a marble backsplash and the island was black cabinetry with a marble counter. I hated the white quartz, but the overall effect was good. All of the counters in the bathrooms are white quartz. This house has my favorite thing in a model home: fake food! Lots of it. I don’t know why that makes me so happy. The bathrooms and bedrooms were a nice shade of blue. This house has two master suites and the second one was  blue stripes. I normally don’t care for the multi-colored rooms, but his one was fine. Overall, an A-. Points taken off for the modern stools that don’t feel like they belong and the accent tables. I liked some of the accent tables, but there were enough in a white lacquer to make my eyes google out. So, no to lacquer.

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This big ass house made me super happy

It has granite. I’m just going to get that out of the way. I’m also going to end the suspense and tell you this house gets an A. Solid A. I couldn’t get video, so deal with that, but I got great pictures. This baby was from one of my favorite builders and weighed in at about 4200 sf. Normally I don’t go for the big ones like this, but the layout was perfect and the decor really made it feel cozy. I know. I hate that word, but it fits here, so let’s discuss.

4/3.5/3 and was being offered for the low, low price of $830,000. The girls room was red and black and featured ladybugs! I loved the detail on the ceilings. Everywhere I looked was a new detail.

The lighting in this house made me almost delirious. Fantastic. The decorator also found some kick ass art work, too. Most of the art on the walls were somewhat three dimensional and it was really hard to get some of the detail. All of the bathroom lighting was mounted in the middle of the mirror. The ceilings were maybe 15ft tall and the mirrors went all the way up. And they were framed. Nice touch. Upstairs there was a wraparound balcony. It was delicious. The pool alone was $114,000, but the cage went up both floors. There were 2 outdoor tv’s downstairs and one upstairs on the balcony. And of course an amazing outdoor kitchen. And finally, even though I’m not a fan of the bathtub, the one in the master was surrounded by a green/gray glass stick tile. Beautiful.

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