New trend for home buyers: Your agent is also your renovation architect
Your dream house is bought. At a good price. In the best location. All it needs is a rethink. Open up the kitchen. Put in a door to the back yard. Take down two walls. Not a big deal.
Well, actually, it’s a very big deal. “Homeowners don’t realize how complicated renovations can be with literally hundreds of decisions that need to be made. A renovation project can certainly benefit from an adviser,” said Theo Adamstein, sales associate at TTR Sothebys International Realty and founder of Adamstein Consultants.
The Alter Urban Group found and sold Shea Van Horn and his husband, Andy Papp, their house in North Bloomingdale in the District.
“Then we had problems with flooding,” said Van Horn, “so John [Coplen] put on his architect hat and said, ‘Let’s come up with a plan to redesign the basement,’ which was a big open space, not aesthetically pleasing, with an old-fashioned bathroom we never used and an old furnace that looked like an octopus.”
“We also wanted to renovate and open up the kitchen, move the back door and change another door to a window. We decided to do it all at once, and that became our renovation project,” he said.