Garage makeoverIf your garage looks similar to the photo at the left, you know you’re not getting as much as you could from your Davie real estate! Besides that, no one likes to open the garage door after a long day at work to a messy garage. If you haven’t looked into garage makeover alternatives lately, you may be surprised to learn that you can make your garage a place you’re glad to park or play in.

Makeover No 1: The Walls and Floor

With any luck, the walls of your garage were finished with drywall. If not, that’s the place to start. It gives the garage the potential for looking like it should be something attached to your home.

After the walls, the next thing to tackle is the floor. Bare cement is usually unsightly and stains easily. Today, a number of coatings and coverings are available to make your garage floor shine.

Makeover No 2: Organizers

The biggest problem with messy garages is that it’s impossible to find anything. You can change that quite easily with organizers made for garage storage. For example, cabinets are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet your storage requirements. They’re typically installed a few inches off the floor to make it easy to sweep or use a hose to clean the floor without needing to go around the cabinets.

If you’d like to do projects around the house, you’d need a work space and other types of organizers such as wall systems where you can hang tools, use tool racks, small baskets and more to keep your hardware and other small items easy to find and reach.

Other organizers are made for hanging your bicycle or kayak. In addition, you can even make use of the area above your head with handy overhead storage and shelving units.

Makeover No 3: Lighting

Most garages don’t have enough lighting to make working in the garage, or even finding things feasible. Many people will install new lighting fixtures to take the garage out of the dark ages. You’ll be surprised how much more welcoming being in the garage will be when the lighting eliminates those creepy dark corners.

Take a few minutes to review the before and after photos of a couple of amazing garage makeovers.

Makeover for More Living Space

If you need a bit more space, you could move, or build an additional room or two in your existing home. However, if you don’t like either of those options, consider alternative uses for your garage.

It is possible to convert your entire garage into a home office, a second living area, or a fun play room – and those are only a few ideas.

Other homeowners don’t want to give up their garage altogether, but they realize they can use the space they have more effectively. Many garages are outsized and you can update them to provide space for things like:

Thinking of Moving Instead?

One great way to clean out the garage is just to move. But, most people don’t use that as a garage renovation approach. However, if you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, or you’re looking for a new home in the Davie area, keep in mind that the Teri Arbogast Team is composed of local experts who know the market and provide exceptional service.

It doesn’t matter if what real estate stage of life you’re in, you’ll find the help you need with the experts on our team. Give us a call at 954-242-8030 or send an email for more information today!

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P.P.S. Let us know in the comments if you’ve ever made over a garage, and what your experience was!


Kitchen DesignIf you live in Davie, you’ll see a wide range of kitchen designs. Some are all about coastal or Florida design, while others could be kitchens located anywhere. If your kitchen is feeling a bit stale, customize it in a way that puts your personal stamp on it. Look for ways to use textures, patterns, materials and unique colors.


Many cooks prefer to have neutral walls and clean lines in their kitchens. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t create an accent wall with a splash of color. The 2018 color of the year is purple. If you’re brave, you could use that as the color for an accent wall, or find another color you really love to break the neutral color palette. If you like purple, you can be trendy by using it as an accent color in towels, flowers, and other accent pieces.

Cabinets and Counters

Blue kitchen cabinets are still popular. Some designers are pairing blue lower cabinets with white upper cabinets. Using two different colors for cabinets is still a popular trend that you might want to try. Besides that, some people are sanding down their painted solid-wood cabinets and staining them with a soft green or gray. Others are using stains in deep reds and browns to achieve the look they want.

White cabinets have been popular for years. However, some designers are making a change; they find that light wood cabinets give a warm, clean look without making the kitchen dark.

If you’re tired of your kitchen counters, you’ll find that updating them will give your entire kitchen a facelift. When solid counter top materials came into wide usage, granite and marble were the preferred materials. Unfortunately, cooks have found that type of material too labor-intensive to maintain.

Today, quartz is popular because it can look like marble if you want, but it’s much easier to care for. Another alternative to consider is concrete. Concrete can complement an industrial look. However, if you pair it with other style choices, it can work well with a number of designs.

Open shelving is still popular, but many people are moving away from that trend. Some cooks are finding that while open shelves are pretty, they require that you have decorative pieces to display. It also causes some discomfort because you need to dust your plates before fixing lunch.


Extra-large kitchen islands are not as popular as they used to be. An often-used alternative is a rolling island. If your home has an open floor plan, an island on wheels can often give you more ways to use the space.

If you can’t decide between copper or brass kitchen fixtures, you’re in luck because mixing metals is quite common in today’s kitchens. Done well, you can mix polished chrome and stainless steel, or use any of a number of other combinations depending on your taste.

Farmhouse sinks give a splash of old world style, and if you like the look, adding one to your kitchen would give it a new look. Materials for farmhouse sinks vary. One unique approach is to use soapstone. It’s heat and stain resistant and repels germs. Many people love the patina that builds with age, giving the soapstone a distinctive look.

Range hoods are functional in a kitchen, and many people are making them the focal point of the room. You can choose from a wide range of materials, colors and finishes. In addition, the trend toward installing a microwave oven right over the range is waning, which gives you more options for the hood.

Since everyone in the family uses the microwave, its position over the range doesn’t make sense for many families. Think about other places where you could build in a microwave that are easier to reach; under the counter is a popular location for easy access.

Give it A Try!

Freshening your kitchen is a fun project whether you’re planning to sell your home or not. However, if you’re thinking of hiring a Davie FL real estate agent, please consider the Teri Arbogast Real Estate Team. Take a look at our Google reviews, and you’ll see that our clients have lots of good things to say. We’d love to make you our next successful client!  Call us at 954-242-8030 or send an email today.

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It’s spring, and many people are starting to think about refreshing their home décor. If you’re in that group, here are some tips for regarding design trends you might want to incorporate into your home. Some trends are going to be “out” very quickly, but these trends will have more staying power.

More Color on the Walls

Lots of people like neutral walls, and those colors are best if you’re thinking of selling in the near future. But, if you just want a change of pace, you’ll see much more color on the walls this year, especially in rooms with lots of sunlight. Think about dark blues or greens. If deep wall colors aren’t for you, try using sage as a new neutral.

New Kitchen Designs

If you watch shows like Fixer Upper, you’ve seen some of these trends for kitchen islands. Cooks and their helpers are getting a bit more practical about kitchen counters. Many are turning away from the heavy maintenance materials like granite and marble.

Quartz is becoming a very popular alternative for a number of reasons. It’s a manmade material, but can have the rich and varied look of granite and marble. Quartz isn’t porous, therefore, it doesn’t need a sealer and it can’t act as a home for bacteria. Cooks also love that it’s resistant to stains and chipping.

Kitchen islands are also being used to house built-in appliances. Rather than taking up valuable upper cupboard space with a built-in oven or microwave, the kitchen island can handle those appliances while keeping the easy to reach upper cabinets free.

Other trends include using the kitchen island for easy seating for family or guests to keep the group together while food is being prepared. In addition, using different colors for upper and lower cabinets, or one color for cabinets and another for the base of the island is also popular.

It’s All About Geometry

Designers are using more geometric patterns in accent pieces. For example, a geometric patterned accent wall can be a real attention-getter and set off a room’s more subdued décor. Pillows are another place for geometric designs if you don’t think an entire wall will work for you!  And, subway tile is sometimes being replaced with tile with geometric patterns as a backsplash in the kitchen.

Ceilings are Getting More Attention

Traditionally, ceilings haven’t been a big part of home design, but that’s changing. You can try using a unique paint color for the ceiling, wood or shiplap, and even wallpaper.

Ultra Violet is Turning Up Everywhere

Pantone is the organization that chooses a Color of the Year. That color usually shows up in clothing, appliances and home décor. The color of 2018 is called Ultra Violet. This color is intended to represent what’s needed in the world in 2018 – “originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.”

Ready to Get Started?

If you’re ready for a change, try some of these trends when you refresh your home décor in 2018. You may find that these tips will give you an entirely new outlook on the year, compliments of the top Broward County real estate agents!


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