Pasadena home stager wins national remodeling award


MinchkitchenbeforeThe 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.

See more pictures of the remodel.

7 Comments on Pasadena home stager wins national remodeling award

  1. Patricia Ebrahimi

    Michelle — You did the most wonderful job with the not so wonderful building you found. Major kudos for having the vision to choose it for renovation, respecting its architecture, and turning it into such a beautiful home. And, of course, Major, MAJOR kudos for the national recognition of your talent the project has brought you!

  2. Kathy Nielsen

    Michelle — this is so well deserved. All of us are so very proud of your accomplishments!

  3. Leslie Godbold

    The high degree of talent and experience is evident in this magnificent home.
    The combination of colors, decor, appliances, materials and all of the large and small details were essential in the plan, to create a finshed product of this award winning magnitude.
    Kudos Ms. Minch and Mr. Tinsley for having the vision and talent to create this masterpiece!

  4. Karen Otto

    Michelle Minch moves more than mountains! She moves people and houses in a way beyond the normal design. Whether using her talents for selling or dwelling she’s a top notch professional and an exceptionally talented designer and stager. Congratulations on your well deserved recognition Michelle! — Karen Otto — Home Star Staging, Plano, TX

  5. Lynette Lawson

    Congratulations on the award Michelle. It is obviously well deserved. You did a beautiful job on the remodel, the kitchen looks awesome.
    – Lynette — Starlight Design Home Staging

  6. Kathleen Lordbock of Re$ale Design and Home Staging

    I love the eclectic look, so the touch with the vintage stove is the best. This is so nicely done — I can understand how it would be chosen. Congratulations on your award.
    As lead designer with Re$ale Design and Home Staging in Brainerd, MN, I recognize that this home stager has the eye for detail and the passion to produce a product that will WOW the buyers. Although this was a total remodel the same concept applies — give them what they will love. She really did here.
    Nice blog Kathy — we have 13 horses.

  7. Joelle Green

    This looks fantasitc Michelle! I love the idea of designing the Kitchen around the vintage stove. Very Creative.
    Congratulations on the award as well.