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Ready to Fix Up Your Home?

by GSB Team

Are y’all as obsessed with HGTV’s “Fixer to Fabulous” as we are? We love to see hometown heroes Jenny and Dave Marrs showcasing Northwest Arkansas nationally on their show. If you’re not already clued in, the Marrs family continued their dramatic home renovations in a second season that premiered on October 27. In each episode, they reimagine older local homes into the owners’ ideal living spaces. All the transformation has got us feeling inspired!

Since we’re all spending more time at home these days, it’s a great time to optimize your living space. And with interest rates still at historic lows, it could be the perfect time to refinance for a home improvement project. Not to mention, it will increase the value of your home! Here are a couple of projects to consider if you’re feeling the itch to improve and experience your own “fixer to fabulous!”

A Dedicated Home Office (or Home School)

Many of us have been busy these past few months transitioning from in-office work to Zoom conferences, from school days to online learning.  Instead of continuing to use your kitchen table as a makeshift workspace, how about creating a little work-life balance? Having a dedicated space is the key. Clock out, close the door, and leave it at “the office”!

We’re taking inspiration from Episode 9 of Fixer and Fabulous, “Boring Turns Into Boho-Chic.” Jenny and Dave convert a single car garage into the perfect office slash art studio for their friends J’Aaron and Jasmine. The key element: a frosted glass garage door to let in beautiful, diffused natural light. 

Room to Play

Everyone could use a little getaway, even your little ones. You might not think you have the space in your home for a dedicated playroom, but the “Fixer to Fabulous” would prove you wrong.

Looking back to Season 1’s episode “Classic Colonial Meets Modern-Day Makeover”, Jenny and Dave convert an unused closet under a staircase into the perfect hideaway for the kids. Complete with a kid-sized dutch door and custom wallpaper, this project shows that even the tiniest hidey-hole can become someone’s oasis. 

Al Fresco in the Natural State 

Our outdoor living spaces are now more important than ever for socializing (and social distancing).  While the Marrs Family are no strangers to renovating outdoor spaces, they create a fun and approachable redesign in Episode 2 of the current season, “She Said ‘Yes!’” They double the size of the existing deck and create the perfect outdoor space for entertaining. The functional outdoor kitchen complete with grill, counter space and storage makes a practical addition and the added rustic swings and dual-purpose dining/ping pong table bring the party. 

We’ll certainly be watching the “Fixer to Fabulous” Season Finale on Tuesday, January 26. If you watch and you’re feeling inspired to renovate, don’t hesitate to call on your GSB team for information about home improvement financing. 

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