Long Beach Condo Renovation

The Offending Property:  2 bed/2 bath, third story condo.  Located one block from the beach in Long Beach, CA.  Inhabited by renters for the last 15 years, dated, smelly, dark, broken.

The Sentence:  3.5 weeks of renovation, $30,000 budget, to become pretty and sellable.

The Outcome:  Full rehabilitation!  Finished on time, under budget, and best of all...SOLD!

We are excited to share some details about how we approached our very first remodel.  (That's right, we usually do new construction but decided to try something new.)

To get us started, here are some before and after pics:

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For most (us included) the initial vision is pretty hard.  We walked through the apartment, snapped some photos on our iPhones, and tried to visualize what it could be.  We organized all our products and ideas on a Pinterest Board.  

First some photos of the kitchen.  

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We decided to keep the cabinets, appliances, sink, and light fixture.  Everything else had to go.  We chose a dark color for the cabinets, one of our favorites by Sherwin Williams, SW7645 Thunder Gray.  We knew we liked it from our California Cape Cod project.  We installed Quartz Arctic White countertops and set it off with a Mosaic Glass Backsplash from Loews.  Remember we were on a budget!  The Cabinet Hardware we installed ourselves and the Kitchen Faucet is also from Loews.

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The final product is sophisticated, chic, and somewhere we would like to cook.  What about you?

Next, we approached the flooring.  

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The kitchen had old pavers, on top of old cement, on top of old linoleum.  Yuck!  The dining area, living room, hallway, and bedrooms were carpet.  We decided to rip it all up and install Vinyl Plank Flooring from Home Depot.  


Disclaimer:  We LOVE this product!  Installation is a breeze if you have a level subfloor.  No glue needed and after installation it is virtually indestructible.  We chose a beachy color similar to the engineered hardwood floors in our California Cape Cod project.  

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But alas, we still had so much to do.  On to the Guest/Hall Bathroom.  It was dilapidated at best. The shower door couldn't be opened, there was only one un-functional sink in a vanity with broken drawers.  The floors were, ummmm, grimy?

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Not to despair!  We knew we needed new - well, new everything.  We ripped it all out, only to find out we needed to add some framing before we could install anything new.  After a few deep breaths we started making calls and got it figured out.  Oh the joys of remodeling.

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We decided the space would be most functional with two sinks.  To keep the look open, we decided to float an Ikea Godmorgan Sink Cabinet on the wall.  We added Luxart Aerro Faucets and matching shower fixtures.  A new Mansfield Toilet was chosen to sit atop new Porcelain Tile Floors.  The showers are also Porcelain Tile from Loews.  But none of that was as fun as the Ikea Grundtal Mirrors or the funky Eurofase Wall Sconce.  Glass shower doors were installed and we were done!    

On to the Master Bath!  Although the master bedroom is very large, the bathroom felt tight.  The vanity was dated, ceilings were low, medicine cabinet ugly, and towels strewn everywhere.    

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But wait, this is the Master Bathroom, this has to be the nicest part of the condo!  Oh the challenge!  We started from the ground up.  Ripping everything out, we raised the ceiling above the tub which immediately opened the room.  

We installed a new tub and  Porcelian Flooring and Shower Tiles from Loews.  The Ikea Godmorgan Vanity functions beautifully as it's snug to the wall (eliminating unused space) and floated on the wall.  The Ikea Molger Mirror is great because it has a deep lip, which doubles as a shelf.  And for that final touch of sparkle, we added a gorgeous Vanity Light from Loews and beautiful glass doors from De Guelle Glass Company.  

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Of course there were other details that we ironed out along the way.  New windows were installed and the front door got a full facelift.  All new paint, smoke alarms, can lighting, electrical plug covers, and baseboards.  Totally different than new construction and guess what, we loved it!

To see this condo listed online visit Redfin.  To see the project in full, visit our page on Houzz.