Thursday, September 12, 2013
See Jeff Lewis from Bravo’s “Flipping Out” this weekend in Allen
Protip from Lewis: Maintain neutrals in your home so you don't have to remodel every few years.
ALLEN Jeff Lewis of Bravo TV will be appearing at the Collin County Home and Garden Show this weekend. The event, which will feature more than 200 vendors, begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Allen Events Center.
Lewis appears on the series Flipping Out, Interior Therapy and Property Envy. He took part in a Q&A with Star Local Media and gave some tips on interior design and getting into the business of flipping houses.
Star: What will you cover in your seminars at the show?
Lewis: The event is moderated, so we cover a lot of topics: trends, inspiration, common remodeling problems, how Flipping Out started, you name it I’ll discuss it. Towards the end of the event, we ask for questions from the audience, so you never know what will happen.
What are some simple renovation projects people can do?
You can transform your kitchen quickly and easily by painting or repainting your cabinetry and replacing cabinetry hardware. It will be a dramatic change for not a tremendous amount of money.
What are some common mistakes in the interior design of a house?
I would recommend maintaining neutrals in your design finishes. Ideally, you’re renovating every 10 years. Don’t pick out bright bold tiles; they’ll be outdated in a matter of months. Your selections shouldn’t be too trendy because you’re going to be looking at them for a long time. Things like hardware, plumbing fixtures, paint colors, wallpaper, flooring, bathroom tile, etc. If you’re into orange this month, buy an accent pillow. That is easier to throw away in two months versus having to repaint your room.
Flipping houses is a venture that appeals to a lot of people. Any advice for people who are thinking about trying it?
The most important thing I could recommend is that you do your own research and you know every aspect there is to know about the neighborhood you’re looking to purchase. Even with an agent representing me, I will research on my own. If a house down the street sold for $200,000 more than the property I want to buy, I know it was because it had updated systems and a pool or it is on a better part of the street away from a high-traffic area. Whatever the reasons might be, there are a lot of variables involved that an agent may not be inclined to fill you in on.
Do people go into the business thinking it will be easy? Is it?
When I went into flipping originally, I knew it was hard but I’m a very detail-oriented person. I found a profession where I can utilize my OCD nature. What most people don’t realize is that flipping houses and the design/remodeling business in general is 15 percent design, 85 percent paperwork.
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