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Those pesky extra rooms...

Ok, its a pretty first-world problem, but there plenty of people who live in suburbia (or even in the city!) who have a room or two that they just don't use. Often, its a formal dining room or extra bedroom, but if you are the owner of such a room, you may wonder why you are paying for so much unused space!

Today, I'm walking through some of the best uses of dead space in your house and how to make it you new favorite room!

The Formal Dining Room
This is the most commonly "complained-about" space in the suburban home. While we still like to entertain, a lot of people aren't crazy about a whole, extra, (often large) room thats only used on a handful of occasions throughout the year. Unless you have family dinners there, this is likely a space that you are taxed on & heating that sits vacant 350 days of the year.

One of my personal favorite ways to reuse this room is to use it as a craft/workspace. The room can keep a large dining table and chairs that can be u…
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We have walls! And floors! And lights! Oh my!

After months of waiting to get the heat on, we were finally able to move forward with getting drywall up and put the new floors down. Oh how I wish I could have salvaged the original floors, but these floors were so far gone. So we added a new oak hardwood floor throughout the house (bedrooms too!).

Now all the walls are up, and painted to boot, and we don't have floors you fall through!

After drywall and hardwood started, its all gone so much faster. The tile for the bathrooms is getting added this week. Most of the lights and receptacles throughout the house are in. The trim is getting installed this week as is the kitchen, which will be really exciting to see.

More, prettier, updates soon! 

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And its open this Sunday, Nov 19, from 1-3! Can't make the open, need a private showing or just want more details? Contact me at or 215-350-0464

Click the above link or here for the full listing.

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