Home and Residential Consulting

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Residential Consultations

Residential consultations may be scheduled through this web site by providing your information on the “Contact Sally” page. As the consultations are interactive, we greatly appreciate your taking the time to review all of the items found on this site. This will give you a better understanding of the scope of Sally’s practice.  Sally has often worked with developers for residential tracts of homes prior to development.  

Through her work with homeowners and designers, Sally has developed the tools for her retailers to consult with clients on the development of their individualized color palettes.

Sally is often approached by homeowners and future buyers alike to review a property and offer suggestions on colors, space, site, and light.  For the seller, what will make the home more salable?  Just as often she is asked to assist a buyer with decisions and options for the future.  Is this the right house for the buyer? Both situations require a lot of experience and knowledge for assistance.

 

Staging or Sale Prep. Consultations:

Sally has many years of experience helping realtors and homeowners prepare a house for that first impression with future buyers.  Sally is happy to assist in the considerations necessary to deal with her areas of expertise and refine the home.

 

Consulting on Home Selection:  Sally frequently travels around the county for clients who require her broad experience in the purchase of a home or site.  Often she is asked to use her expertise in consideration of the property including her 35 years of practice and writings in "Feng Shui". 

To see Sally's fee schedules just click on here on Sally's "Services" or contact Sally directly on her "Contact Sally" page.

 


ADDING ON TO YOUR HOME

Those who are considering adding on to their homes often ask me many questions. The majority of the questions are center around the size and location of the addition and what purpose the new addition will serve. Most people considering an addition have many option but want input on the location that will best serve the overall floor plan, balancing cost of building with future resale value.

Where you can add on to your home can be directly related to the shape and direction of your existing home. Adding on can either enhance and expand the design or can impede your homes' current "flow".  One should always keep in mind that the addition can make a huge difference in the overall floor plan. An entryway addition can make the home feel like it is a whole different home if it is expanding the entry point, which adds depth and the perspective changes.

Other things to consider when planning an addition are:

1.Think about the amount of light you presently have in your existing home before the addition and will the planned addition open up the home to more light or more light constricting. Some additions can be a room off a room and actually cut off the natural sunlight that the room had access to before the addition. In the same vain, an addition can open up a wall that has no windows and bring light into a room that did not have natural sunlight before.

2. The location and placement of the windows in the new additions can influence how the room will feel as well. Consider taking advantage of the height of the placement of the window, placing them high enough as the filter light into the room rather than illuminating only the floor and outer part of the room near the window itself.

3. When adding a garage always remember a garage is a large space and if it is attached to the length of the house can make a house very long and therefore block light from the direction from where it is placed. So being creative is imperative. Slightly detached at an angle or with a covered walkway or windowed breezeway, can be an answer that allows easy access and allows for maximum light to enter in. A good example of what I am referring to is when you have a row on condos, the ones in the middle have no windows on two sides of the building, so less light enters in. The condos on the ends have access to light filtering in from an added direction and will feel more open, less restrictive.  A couple that I have helped in the past with several home transitions, asked me to study the floor plan design they would be like to build in the near future. The garage in the floor plan took up half the house and sat on the south side of designed home, leaving no windows on the south or west side of the home. As designed, this floor plan would essentially feel like an L-shape and very dark inside due to the garage being in the center part of the house. They decided to make the potential garage into a living space instead, building a garage at a later time.

In conclusion always consider the overall floor plan when planning an addition. Keep in mind, that an addition can completely transform your living space so chose wisely, considering the shape and flow of the "before and after" of the addition and how it can best enhance your present living space.