Home Makeovers, Philly Edition: How Six Families Transformed Their Not-Quite-Right Houses Into Perfection
The hottest trend in Philadelphia real estate is finding an old house with good bones and making it the home of your dreams.
Chances are if you’re a homeowner or in the market to become one, you’ve got renovation plans on the brain. How do we know? According to a 2019 survey by Trulia and the Harris Poll, a whopping 90 percent of homeowners plan to renovate at some point — and 68 percent of those looking to sell in the next two years plan to remodel before they head to market.
This is a good move in Philly, where many older homes were built with a stunning level of craftsmanship and detail. “Buyers are realizing more than ever that some of these older homes are actually built much better than our new-construction homes and have stood the test of time,” says local realtor (and reality-show host) Rachel Street. Meaning: Putting money into a home renovation isn’t just a smart life move; it’s a smart investment, too.
Ready to turn your house into your dream home? Get some inspiration — and learn some tricks of the trade — from real Philly homeowners who did just that.
Interior designer Michelle Gage and her husband found a better use for a structurally unsound part of their home. Keep reading here.
A pro basketball player gets the basement entertaining space of his dreams. Keep reading here.
They took down a wall to get a space that was good for entertaining and daily dining. Keep reading here.
By building out a new breakfast nook, this couple got more space — and more light. Keep reading here.
First they gutted it. Now they’re working toward making it a carbon-free, zero-energy house. Keep reading here.
They bucked the open-concept trend in favor of creating cozier, more intimate spaces. Keep reading here.
Published as “Home Makeovers: Philly Edition” in the March 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine.