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Reality vs. Reality TV (Home Renovation Style)

Reality TV, home renovation style, is hugely popular right now. The before, during and after of a home renovation, packaged neatly into an hour, can feel immensely satisfying. Obviously there’s no harm done if a few episodes of your favorite home remodeling show is your go-to way to relax on a Thursday night. The only [...]

2019-05-16T13:44:51-04:00May 10th, 2019|Get Ready to Renovate|
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The Brownstone Swap: Project In Process

Our clients for this historic brownstone remodel in Jersey City did a little house swap. It all started when they bought a brownstone with the intention of remodeling. Before they began the project, another brownstone on the same block went up for sale. They made a plan to move into that one, planning to live [...]

2019-08-29T16:46:03-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Projects In Process|
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A Personal Stamp on Your Space: Project in Process

From ancient times through the middle ages, a personal seal or stamp was used to authenticate documents and carry out decisions and orders. In modern life, a signature has replaced the personal stamp - but it still says, Yes. I agree to this. I’m choosing this. I’m consenting to this. Your signature is, in other [...]

2019-04-19T04:59:52-04:00April 19th, 2019|Projects In Process|
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Renovating for Resale

A home is a big investment, and renovation is a crucial strategy for ensuring that your investment pays off in the long term. If your house isn’t kept up-to-date, you could find that it’s worth less than you were expecting when you get ready to sell - and that’s never fun. Which brings us to [...]

2019-04-05T19:08:38-04:00March 29th, 2019|Get Ready to Renovate|
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How to Prioritize Home Improvement Projects

Many clients come to Houseplay with questions about how to best plan the home improvement projects they want to take on. If you want to take on a lot of improvements, how do you prioritize? Whether you’ve moved into a fixer-upper, are just ready for an upgrade, or aren’t sure what to focus on first, [...]

2019-04-05T18:16:59-04:00March 22nd, 2019|Get Ready to Renovate|
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