The first time we reported on Michelle Minch — a professional home stager and owner of Moving Mountains Design & Staging in Pasadena — she had just announced on her blog that she won two regional Chrysalis Awards (remodeling awards sponsored by Qualified Remodeler magazine) for Best Kitchen Remodel Under $40,000 and Best Whole House Remodel Under $200,000.
Today, Michelle contacted the Pardon Our Dust blog to report that she was awarded the NATIONAL award for best kitchen remodel under $40,000, winning over regional competitors from across the country. Congratulations, Michelle.
Here’s how Michelle describes the project:
My partner, Richard Tinsley, and I purchased the property as a flipper. The house, a classic California Craftsman cottage built in the 1920s, had been the victim of numerous misguided and poorly done remodels over the years. Despite the neglect, we could see past its ugly duckling exterior to its good bones. At only 840 square feet, sitting on a 4,000-square-foot lot, our goal was to restore/improve what we had to work with while opening up the interior to create a sense of openness and good flow.
We basically stripped the interior down to the studs, removed a wall between the kitchen and the dining area to open the house up, replaced the electrical and plumbing, added new insulation and drywall, and completely redid the kitchen and bathroom. Oh yeah, we also put in a new, prefinished solid hardwood floor and a new forced-air furnace and air conditioner. We tried to retain as much of the original character as we could, without being a slave to history. All of the windows, except one in the dining room and a bank of three in the bedroom, are original with the old wavy glass. I designed the kitchen with the idea of using a vintage restored O’Keefe & Merritt stove which I found on Craigslist.