The new basement living room is a highlight of this remodel. In total, Josephine's complete basement conversion boosted her home's estimated value to $650,000 — more than $200,000 above her purchase price — and should provide an income stream in rent of $1,400 per month as seen on HGTV's Income Property.
After: The former rec room is barely recognizable in its new incarnation thanks to HGTV's Income Property. For the entire basement makeover, the homeowner opted for a $50,000 renovation plan that could potentially net an additional $1,300 per month in rent income.
For flexibility in a small kitchen — or any multifunctional space — consider an island on wheels instead of a built-in version. The creative minds at Kerr Construction worked movable versatility and sustainability into their design for an island in this warm, modern kitchen. “The island base is a midcentury workshop machine, and the counter is locally resourced and made from reclaimed wood planks. We refinished the planks to match the medium-tone wood cabinets,” they say.
Black granite countertops and black appliances provide contrast against the white perimeter cabinets in this transitional kitchen. Roles are reversed for the kitchen island, which features white quartz countertops and a dark base.
Rabbits, voles and field mice nibble bark along the base of shrubs and young trees. Their handiwork is especially difficult to detect on brushy shrubs that give them cover while they chew. Protect the trunks of woody plants by encircling them with commercial tree guards or homemade versions crafted from corrugated drainage pipe (shown), hardware cloth or small mesh poultry wire.