This house has a traditional staircase.
Look at this gorgeous fireplace surround the owners had custom made.
The style of the staircase, the trim work, the custom fireplace all complement each other. They work in tandum for this Traditional home.
"....But what about the balusters?"
Wrought Iron balusters are currently on trend. Three realtors and four stagers told the sellers that the balusters needed to be replaced with black wrought iron before the house is put on the market. New balusters (or 'spindals' as we call them in the South) is a very expensive undertaking. The sellers were amazed that I disagreed about replacing the balisters. The staircase matches the style of this house!
Kitchens Sell Homes
This is the seller's kitchen. Kitchens sell homes and this one is pretty lackluster and outdated.
The seller's money would be better spent on kitchen upgrades. I suggested the cabinets be painted, stone countertops installed (they had intended to redo the countertops) and put in a new tile backsplash. The husband is very handy and has a large shop. I suggested, that if budget and time permit, he add a built-in window seat. A window seat will add so much emotional appeal to this kitchen! Don't you think?
I'm a bang-for-the-buck girl. Updating the kitchen is going to have a much better return on investment than the staircase project. These home owners were smart to interview many agents and stagers before putting their house on the market. Professional opinions vary!
Popular design elements do not necessarily equal sinking money into them. For selling, you have to weigh return on investment.
This a great house! Kitchen updates and staging (I'm excited to work some magic in this beautiful home) should equal a speedy sale!