Ann Buist and Trina Hoffland own the Annie B. Group, a business that specializes in a range of real estate, redesign, staging and remodeling services in The Woodlands. They discussed remodeling and redesigning options of special interest to residents in The Woodlands. The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.
How do I know if my home needs to be redesigned?
If your home has not been updated in 10 years or more, it could most likely use some interior updates in the rooms, the kitchen and primary bath as well as important home accents, such as lighting and flooring.
What luxury options are popular for The Woodlands residents?
Popular features of luxury Woodlands homes are his/her private water closets (toilets), steam saunas in the primary bathroom, expansive his and her closets, home gym [or] flex rooms, mud rooms, larger laundry rooms with extra cabinetry, smart home technology, and pools with a chiller or heater.
What are some affordable remodeling ideas for people who don’t want to do a major renovation?
The most affordable remodeling ideas are freshening up the main living areas like the living room, family room, dining room and kitchen with on-trend paint colors, even if’s just on accent walls; updating light fixtures and flooring; adding simple decorative wood panelling, painting or updating the front door; [and] painting cabinets and changing out cabinet hardware with something contemporary. These are all great places to start and usually easy to DIY.
Where should I start the redesign process in my home?
We always suggest our clients start with the home’s major systems [such as] roof; [heating, ventilation and air conditioning]; foundation; and water heater before jumping into the fun stuff. Any rotten siding and wood trim should be addressed as well. If all of their money is spent on interior updates but the roof, HVAC or siding are in disrepair, buyers are usually going to request a price reduction, repairs or replacement despite the updated interior. In some neighborhoods, updated windows are important as well. If the major systems are in good condition, I suggest everyone start in the kitchen followed by the primary bathroom. Replacing or getting rid of any rotten old decks is also important.
Can you give some examples of the best way to give a dull space a facelift?
Adding color, pattern and texture is the easier way to brighten up a dull space. Lighting is important as well. With our soft staging, we bring in wonderful pillows, rugs, throws, floor or table lamps; change out lightbulbs with fluorescent or blue lighting; add plants; and a tired, old room comes to life. Fresh paint is a biggie as well.
How can I adapt my older home to today’s current needs?
Open up the kitchen to the family or living room; take down a wall; remove hanging cabinets and add more seating around the kitchen island; remove carpet in any of the main living areas and primary bedroom; change old, bulky ceiling fans; and add recess lighting in main living areas to create a brighter, cheerier home.
Annie B. Group
26403 Oak Ridge Road, The Woodlands