Who says the real estate market in Hampton Roads, VA is stagnant?  This Virginia Beach house was our latest HomeVestors Ugly House rehab project.  Fully remodeled, this house went under contract at full price in only 9 houres on March 24, 2010!

See our before and afters on 801 Ole Towne Court in Virginia Beach, VA…

As you can see, this house wasn’t really Ugly on the outside.  The previous homeowner had updated the siding, windows, and roof in 2001.

On the outside of the house, we painted the trim and front door and did some landscaping to make buyers want to see what was inside.


Inside, we moved some walls around in the main living area to accomodate a bigger kitchen.  Here’s the origional small, dated, dingy kitchen.

We moved the kitchen from the garage wall to the place that was the eat-in area in the origional floor plan.  Because this house is on a crawl, this involved jack hammering up the floor to move the plumbing.  We layed tile floor on a diagonal, installed new cabinets and a granite counter top, hung pendant lights over the sink,  replaced the sliding glass door with french doors leading to the patio, opened up the wall so the cook can see into the living area, and topped it all off with shiny stainless appliances.  The results were stunning!

The origional living wasn’t terrible.

We installed new engineered wood flooring throughout the living areas and bedrooms.   We replastered all the walls and ceilings, which made this old house look new again.  The entire house got  coat of paint in the shade “Beach Comber” along with some high gloss white trim. Staging the area with homey touches like a magazine and coffee cup really help buyers see themselves in the space.

This is the old eat-in area of the kitchen.  Notice that the pass through you see here to the bedroom hallway is gone in the new kitchen remodel above.  We also moved that left hand wall in a few feet to make the wall that runs through the center of the house one long line.  This clean line helped this little house feel bigger.  

Here’s the new eat-in area that is in the place where the old kitchen sat.  We added an opening in the wall that looks into the foyer area.

The worst part about the old bathroom was the narrow doorway entrance.  It certainly didn’t meet current code and would have been a turn off to larger potential buyers.

In the main bath we widened the door, installed double sinks, retiled and painted.  The previous owner did a nice tile job in the tub area that we were able to salvage. 

This master bedroom only had a half bath.  The room ended to the right of the sink you see.  Up against that wall was the bedroom closet.  To the right of closet was the old furnace that was accessed from a door in the hallway.

Making room for a full bath in the master was a must.  Because we installed new HVAC, we removed the furnace from the hall closet freeing up that space.  Then we took out the master closet, freeing up enough space to add a tiled shower.  This glass door was a last minute decision, but I think it really dresses up the room.

The origional master bedroom had just one small closet for two people to share.  This room needed a ceiling repair from an old roof leak that was never repaired.

Voila!  We bumped out the back of the house to create two huge walk-in closets in the master bedroom.  We were able to tie into the existing roofline, so from the outside, it looks like this closet was always there.

The two other bedrooms just needed minor sprucing up.

The bedrooms popped after the wood floor addition, crisp paint, and new mirrored closet doors to make the room feel bigger.

To see what houses we have for sale for your latest rehab project, visit our website at www.ptr.homevestors.com or call me at 757-472-2547. 
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Happy Real Esate Investing!
Patti Robertson
HomeVestors Franchisee & Licensed Agent
757-472-2547 (cell)
757-HOM-VEST (office)