Kimberly McGrath - Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc



Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 6/13/2019

Is there anything more classic and charming than an old house? One aspect of older homes that make them so cozy is all the built-in shelves, drawers and other nooks and crannies that make each house one of a kind. While houses that have been more recently built usually lack these features, it doesnít mean you canít add them yourself.

Today I have six custom cabinetry ideas for you to create your own charming abode, even if itís builder-grade.

When creating faux cabinetry the only limit is your imagination. Search home magazines and Pinterest boards for inspiration. Save ideas you love to a gallery on your phone or print out in one document. With inspiration in hand head out to your local home improvement store to find millwork options that match your vision.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Install floor to ceiling bookshelves with a bench tucked in between to create a cozy reading nook. Add molding and other decorative millwork to take this D.I.Y. to a true polished built-in look.

Capitalize on any empty corners by adding corner shelves or a corner cabinet. Adding beadboard before installing the shelves and finishing off with molding. There are also many corner cabinetry options on the market to choose from today. Choose one that fits the height of your room in a color that matches the molding in your home.


For cabinetry with drawers and doors add charm by replacing with reproduction brackets, knobs and pulls. Or if you love the thrill of the hunt check out your local yard sales and flea markets for vintage sets. Sites like Ebay and Etsy are another great way to find matching sets of vintage finds.


Add personality with splashes of bold color. Blues, greens, and yellows are popular hues for a pop of color while maintaining classic old home character. Paint on of your new custom pieces a charming shade to bring a room to life. Alternatively, installing cabinetry with glass front doors allows you to put bright decor on display without committing to one particular color. Add vintage books, glassware, and small paintings to shelves for smaller doses of color.

For a luxurious touch, stained glass windows look stunning in a bathroom and allow for privacy while still allowing light shine through. Adding custom sized stained glass windows to the upper portion of a wide doorway works well in homes with higher ceilings and will have guests in awe.  

When house shopping sometimes we have to make compromises when it comes to our wants to prioritize our needs. But that doesnít have to mean you canít have your cake and eat it too. With a little bit of creativity and a few D.I.Y. projects, you can add a dose of old home charm to any house to make a cozy, welcoming home.




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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 6/8/2019

Quintessential custom mountain view homestead located on a quiet dead end road brings you the essence of modern rustic style with a mix of popular barn board walls, custom cabinets, quarried Vermont slate floors, Brazilian quartz counters and hardwoods throughout this 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath country residence on nearly 4 acres. Living/dining combo with beautiful brick hearth, 2 french doors leading out to a stone patio and tranquil views and stunning sunrises, newly constructed laundry/storage room, half bath, mud room, storage galore with walk in attic, ample closets, detached 2 car garage and bring your livestock or negotiate for the current alpaca farm residents in this Right to Farm community as this magnificent, unique property also offers two fenced pastures each with custom built baby barns. A must see! Road narrows at crest of the hill, please proceed slowly.

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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 6/6/2019

Beautiful 4 bedroom 3.5 bath colonial! Main floor features fully applianced eat-in kitchen, front to back living room with fireplace and formal dining room both with hardwood flooring and half bath. Second floor features 4 spacious bedrooms all with hardwood floors including master suite with walk-in closet and private bath. Lower level features in-law potential with kitchenette, family room with built-ins waiting for your finishing touches and a 3rd full bath! Other features include neighborhood setting near Holden line, public utilities, 2 car attached garage and gorgeous private landscaped backyard!

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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 6/6/2019

If you intend to buy a house in the foreseeable future, it pays to prepare. That way, you can enter the real estate market as an "extraordinary" homebuyer, i.e. someone who knows exactly what it takes to find a great house at an outstanding price.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help any homebuyer go from ordinary to extraordinary.

1. Learn the Ins and Outs of the Housing Sector

The real estate market is complex, particularly for someone who is pursuing a house for the first time. Fortunately, plenty of housing market data is available that can help you gain the insights that you need to make an informed home purchase.

Take a look at homes that are currently available in your city or town. By doing so, you can better understand the prices of houses that match your expectations. Then, you can tailor your home search accordingly.

Furthermore, don't forget to assess the prices of recently sold residences in your area. This housing market data will help you determine whether you're about to enter a real estate market that favors buyers or sellers.

2. Get Your Finances in Order

Meet with banks and credit unions to learn about your mortgage options Ė you'll be glad you did. If you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you can begin your home search with a budget in hand, thereby reducing the temptation to spend too much on a house.

Lenders are happy to provide you with information about a broad range of mortgage options. Also, if you ever have mortgage questions, lenders employ friendly, professionally trained mortgage specialists who are ready to respond to your queries.

In addition, it usually is a good idea to evaluate your credit score prior to applying for a mortgage.

You can obtain a free annual copy of your credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). If you review your credit report closely, you can identify and resolve any potential credit problems and increase the likelihood that you can obtain a favorable mortgage.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to becoming an extraordinary homebuyer, it is important to note that it can be difficult for even the most diligent homebuyer to succeed on his or her own. However, if you employ an expert real estate agent, you can streamline the process of acquiring your dream residence.

A real estate agent is committed to your homebuying success, and as such, will do everything possible to help you find the perfect residence.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings, negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf and provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations. This housing market professional will even help you alleviate homebuying stress and ensure that you can quickly go from homebuyer to homeowner.

Ready to embark on the homebuying journey? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can become an extraordinary homebuyer in no time at all.




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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 5/30/2019

Beautifully updated colonial home on lovely landscaped corner lot in neighborhood setting within walking distance to town center! There is nothing left to do but move in and enjoy this exquisite home! Main floor features beautifully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters, open to dining room and vaulted sitting room with skylight. Other main level features include living room with hardwood flooring, fireplace and built-ins, home office/den, gorgeous 4 season vaulted sunroom and half bath. Second level offers 3 spacious bedrooms including front to back master, all with hardwood floors and a main bath. Other features include walk-up attic for easy storage, lower level semi-finished room with 2nd fireplace, beautiful deck, public utilities and updates including kitchen, baths, exterior & interior paint, deck, windows, roof, driveway, garage doors, gutters and more, see attached document for dates and details. Showings begin at open house 6/2/19 11:30-1.

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