Folks, today’s TTD has a ton of potential but the location is pretty bad. Thankfully in the fantasy world of TTD, we don’t have to worry about the bad location too much. We simply need to reimagine this house with all of the gorgeous original detail. The real question is whether this house should go traditional or with a more trendy style (like California Boho Chic or modern farmhouse). I’ll show you inspiration photos for both styles. Then you’ll have to tell me which way you’d go. I’m really torn and still don’t know.
1616 sq. ft
Alcatraz has been on the market for almost two months and it doesn’t appear that they’ve ever accepted an offer. I, and clearly the market, think this house is overpriced.
Alcatraz is a long street that goes through Berkeley and Oakland. As I mentioned in this previous post, houses in Berkeley are worth more than in Oakland and this street helps us see that. Two houses recently sold that would be good comps to Alcatraz, but are also good illustrations of the premium you get with a Berkeley address.
Both houses are a few blocks away from Alcatraz; the Oakland one is little further away from the busy street and therefore slightly more desirable. The Oakland house has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 1591 sq. ft. It sold for $1,005,776. The Berkeley house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 1558 sq. ft., and it sold for $1,132,230, $100k more than the Oakland house for a slightly worse house.
Let’s get to the house and the inspiration photos, which honestly is my favorite part of TTD.
Yikes. This is rough. But I do love the texture and the different style of siding they have on top and bottom.
I have 2 inspiration photos. The first is the more traditional option since it goes with natural wood shingles. It’s classic and probably the safer option. But I also think it would be the more expensive option since you’d either have to strip the existing shingles or replace them. #chaching
What I’d be tempted to do is paint the existing shingles, thereby saving money and giving me a chance to add a little pizzaz. Can you guess what color I’d paint the shingles?
Are you surprised? I hope not! You know I love me a black house. You have to admit the black house looks great.
Living Room & Entry
These are pretty basic spaces. The key would be to keep the moulding and coved ceiling.
We don’t get to see much of this space but there’s enough here to let us imagine how to transform it. The moulding under the bay window and above the windows suggests there’s a chair railing.
Dining Room: Inspiration
I’m really torn over which way to take this dining room. Part of me wants to honor the traditional bones of this house so I’d be tempted to try this — except the chandelier, that’s a little too traditional for me.
But on the other hand, I think going with the California Boho look could work. It’s definitely super popular right now and it would attract the hipsters. And since hipsters are the likely buyers, it’s probably the safer approach.
I’m going to start with my favorite bedroom because it’s almost perfect the way it is.
Those white walls and dark floors are so close to being perfect. I’d just paint the floors — black probably — and call it a day.
The rest of the bedrooms are in need of a little more. This first one looks really big. I wonder how a house this small can have 1 of 5 bedrooms this big.
Final bedroom. Not much to see here.
These are the final spaces in the house. And they’re in rough, rough shape.
I’ve puzzled over this before and still don’t know the answer: do people really like it when their bathrooms and kitchens use the same tiles and countertop material? If so, then I’d probably elect to go with the first inspiration picture for both bathrooms (assuming we’re going Boho-chic).
If people would prefer to have different finishes in bathrooms (which I think I find myself in that group), then I’d do the second bathroom in the style below.
These bathrooms would only work if you went with the Boho-style in the rest of the house. If we went more traditional in the house, then I’d take the bathrooms in this direction.
Alright there you go. Another TTD. What’d you think? Which way would you take this house: traditional or more trendy?