Design and Invest with William John Raitt. Episode 001

Design and Invest with William John Raitt. Episode 001


Intro music Hey guys, what’s going on. I’m William John Raitt, and this is Design
and Invest. I’m gonna show you what it’s like a day in
my life. Right now it is 5:14, about to leave the house. Have to get some quick joe before I hit the
road. Um, it is now 5:30, and my first job in Walgrove
property in Venice Beach, and just to give you guys a quick bio background of who I am. I’m an Interior Designer, I have four different
companies. An Interior Design Company, a Staging Company,
a Development Company, and an Air bnb Rental Company, actually vacation rentals. Today we’re gonna be focusing mostly on design. So, let’s hit the road in my new little car. Just bought this thing two days ago. It’s super cheeky fun, gets a lot of eyeballs,
and I’m gonna wrap it with my logo, so it gets a lot of attention on the road. Plus it comes in very handy on job sites which
I’m on every single day. Job job job site job site. And it’s tiny. Parking’s always an issue, so I need to be
on the go. So this is me on the road every day. Check out this traffic. It’s the 405 at 5:30 in the morning, almost
5:45. This is as good as it gets, guys. So we are now in Venice Beach. It is 6 o’clock. We’re here at the property a little early,
so we’re gonna go check out a couple homes that are some inspirations to this property
in the 3 plus million dollar range that we’re up against in the inspirations. As you see, there is a ton of construction
going on over here. This is a cleat boom Venice/Mar Vista and
surrounding areas are really going through the roof. If you look right here, this one is probably
a 3 plus million dollar property. Very modern. Here is a slightly older one right here. It’s still probably worth about 3 million
dollars. And here you go, it appears to be side-by-side,
probably the same developer, built at the same time, very nice. So this is what we’re up against, and of course
I have to use these as my inspiration when designing this property, because this is what
people expect in this neighborhood. Okay, so here’s another example of a reason
why you have to design to your neighborhood. This house is beautiful, it’s somewhat of
a Cape Cod style house which here in Venice in beach areas over here, people expect to
see moderns and that kind of property. This one would do amazing in Sherman Oaks,
ya know, as a modern wouldn’t. So you really have to design to the neighborhood
and know what your maximum value is, and this right here is not the max value for this neighborhood. This probably took them a long time to sell,
this was probably not at the price point of modern, and um, ya know, it’s cute but not
the style of this area. Okay, we are now here at the Walgrove property. We just got here. It is 6:15 in the morning. Our meeting is at 6:30. I try to be at least 15-20 minutes early to
every meeting, just so I can prepare, get my notes ready, and just ya know get ready
for the meeting. Little background on this property: this was
a little tiny ugly 50’s home. We tore it down and we’re building a brand
new construction. Ultra modern, 4 bedroom house with all kinds
of cool…movie room, pool, swim up bar. I mean, just really bringing it on all the
finishes, and it’ll sell for probably 3.5 or 4 million dollars once it’s finished. That will be fairly soon. Our meeting today is with a developer client
who is dong this construction. Also happens to be my best client, my brother. We came up together and he’s still my best
client. I do all the design work for him, all the
staging, ground-up, architectural plans, ya know, validations, artist renderings-which
we’ll insert a couple of artist renderings right now as well of how this property will
look when it’s finished. Hey guys, this is Melissa. Melissa started off with the company a few
years ago as my assistant, and has now risen through the ranks. It’s not big ranks, but she’s now the COO-Chief
Operating Officer-of the staging division, and a huge, huge component to the design business. She handles the, uh, she has an art background,
she went to FIDM. So she’s very very in touch with design and
a lot of graphic stuff , too, so it’s really helpful to have a person like her on the team. She’s very go-getting, she’s like myself. I don’t have to give her direction, she knows
what to do and she just runs with it. Hey, Johnny, before the meeting I wanna show
you these proofs. Okay, cool. So, just so you guys know what this is. This is some proofs for the business cards
that I’m printing. These are some new ones for Greeto, WJR Interiors,
and Scribe. I’m just sort of doing some re-branding, kinda
keeping the theme of them somewhat alike, but just different colors. Ya know, they are all different businesses,
so I wanna keep them separate but also somewhat consistent with each other. So she created these. These are pretty cool. Okay, we’re about to go into the meeting right
now. We have some tools of the trade that we have
to wear. This is a new construction job site so hard
hats are required. If Osha shows up or ya know inspectors or
whatever, they’re gonna require us to have those things, so it’s better to just , be
safe than sorry. So we go that, got our hard hat, our tape
measure of course, blue tape to mark any imperfections, things like that…always necessary. Notepad, and we’re ready to go. So we got Arturo here, the cabinet maker. He’s gonna go over all the specs for the kitchen
designs, bathrooms, just to confirm everything’s good before he starts installation. We’ve got all of our designs that we speced
out. So now we just need to really go through to
make sure we don’t hit any hiccups. Already found a couple of mistakes, need to
furrow out a wall a little bit and we’re gonna jump in. Hey guys, we got to get cookin’. I want to go room by room with you and show
all the finishes and the features of this house ’cause they are really bad-ass, but
stay tuned for future episodes, and I’ll walk you through every single space. Here’s a quick snapshot of the design book
so you can see a little bit of the finishes. This is why I got a little tiny car, guys,
so I can get around anything, this car is anywhere. Okay, we just got to the next property. We’re in Anaheim right now, and it is 11:00. The house we’re about to go walk into is a
quick flip for one of my good clients, Tom. I manage a few of his Airbnb properties, and
he said, “Hey, you wanna do some design work for a flip I have going on?” So I’m helping him with the design work as
well as the project management for the job. I come up here to Anaheim once a week to do
the project management, make sure that the designs are going. I also queued up the contractor for him, introduced
him to somebody used. So we’re working on that. Today is inspection day so we gotta be a little
quiet, so the inspectors are coming. We’ll be in and out real quick.I don’t wanna
film the front of it just yet. We want to walk in kind of covert, so as to
not draw attention if the inspector does walk in. A little background on this job: overview,
I’m doing all the interior design, all of the project management, as well as the staging. Also, what I’m doing here today is drawing
up my notes to prepare of the staging which will be, the job will be finished in about
a week, and I’ll come in and stage it. I like complete transparency in my jobs, and
as will you as a viewer appreciate it, because a lot of designers coming up don’t know how
to bill appropriately. They don’t know what to charge, or what to
sort of how to structure their time.Lot more of that to come in future videos, but just
so know in this job, I’m charging my client 4 thousand dollars the design and project
management. Only because I can control that. I know that it’s gonna be a 4-5, maybe 6 week
flip. It’s gonna require about 3 hours a week of
my time, and initially I have to do a little bit more with the design work on spec book,
getting all the finishes picked out. So this is a 4 thousand dollar job, the staging
will be about 3500 dollars on top of that, so that’s a separate company of mine. This is WJR Interiors, which is the design
aspect. The staging is Scribe Staging, which is a
complete separate company built separately and so on. Future videos of the complete job, including
staging, to come in the next couple of videos. It’s really important, for me at least, because
I have issues with time management, I have ADD, so I have to counteract that with planning
every single minute of my day. So literally every minute of every day, appointments
and such are calenderized, uh, calenderized, I don’t even know if that’s a word. Hehe So, next we’re off to Pasadena to walk
a job with, that’s coming to an end, with a private client who’s moving into the house. It’s not a flip, not an investment. It’s just a client who wanted a remodel of
a home she just purchased, and we are heading there. Two hours later. This is Kelvin, he’s gonna be filming me for
a little bit. This is Dave, the contractor. Jesus, what the f*ck. It’s a go-cart. So this is a rehab job. This particular bathroom we’re trying to keep
all the existing tile that’s in this room on the walls, but unfortunately there’s a
couple pieces here that broke that need to be replaced. Tried to pick up some tile, it did not match. So unfortunately we have to come up with Plan
B, that is either ripping out all the tile in the surrounds, and replacing it which is
not, it doesn’t make sense. What I’m gonna propose to the owner, when
she gets here, is ripping out the tile on just this wall for the vanity, which actually
might look better, too. And just putting drywall on that wall if anything. So we’ll see what she says. So here’s the tile that we used downstairs
in her mom’s bathroom, and we’re most likely gonna use something just like this for here,
split it down the middle and that’s that. We’ll check the color to make sure the white
is close enough. It’s actually whiter, yeah, this is good. So this is pretty damn close. Yeah, so this tile’s gonna be on this entire
wall right here, and think it’ll work. Tom, you’re sure this is fine, right?Yes. Okay. Yeah, let’s strip it and install this straight
over. Make it as easy as possible. We beat these out, Tom, and take these off
and save ’em, ’cause I gotta put the mirrors back on this in the center. These light fixtures up here…yeah, move
them over…were adjusted more to the original vanity which was much smaller, so we’re gonna
bust these out and we’re gonna move it over 6 inches center to the wall, yeah. So that’s the plan. It’s a happy surprise, too, not really happy,
but at least her lights are symmetrical and I don’t have to play my little game that I
was going play to sort of offset the balance. So save those pieces of wood. Okay, and I’ll let this guy come back here
tomorrow to get ahead and do this. Quit breaking sh*t. I heard you’re breaking sh*t. No, not me. Look at those scars, look at how bad he got
it there. Pobrecito. Ehh, come on! Ha ha ha ha. Workman’s comp. Ha ha ha. So unfortunately this entire wall, we gotta
come up with a Plan B for that wall, and this entire wall we’ll actually re-tile with just
a white version of this tile 24 x 12, the entire wall, that way it matches as close
as humanly possible, because to redo this entire bathroom’s tile, this is gonna be close
to 5-6 grand for this client, know what I mean?That’s way too much money. This, and 700 dollar solution to do this and
nobody walking in would be like, “Oh my God, why is that white, and this one is marble
white?” It’s gonna look totally fine. Also, if you introduce a completely different
tile, like a grey or something else, you’re competing with too many factors, too many
tiles. We have one, two, three, and a fourth, you’re
introducing just too much. So it’s the best solution, and I’m gonna present
it to the client when she comes right now. She was hoping we could find this and match
it, but I was, too, but ya know what? Plan B, and it’s gonna look really nice. Let me tell you another cool little design
factor here. This was a weird second door into the closets,
sort of pass-through room before. Totally dumb. You have your main entrance here. You don’t need a secondary one to come right
in and see the toilet and it didn’t make any sense. What I did was a really creative solution
here; I created a linen closet out of it. So we used that entire space to build a linen
closet. On the back side of this is her master closet. I’ll show you that right now. Okay, so here is the master closet. This was just a weird, blank, empty room,
with a passage way into the master bath. Didn’t make any sense at all. I had to have my closet guy come in, put in
a whole new solution. I just drew this up, came up perfect. Then over here is where that door was, so
we used it as a dead corner that you would never notice the difference, so you’d never
know that there was a weird door to the bathroom here as well as the linen closet, you’d never
know there was a weird door there, so. Come over here. This room right here used to be a staircase
going downstairs. It’s a very odd staircase. They already have one staircase going to the
upper floor from downstairs, so they didn’t need a second one going straight to the master.It
was really awkward, and so we got rid of the staircase, created this extra bonus space. If you notice this floor, we didn’t want to
try to match this flooring, which we did downstairs. We put in some tiles in here. She’s gonna use this as the gym. Based on her usage, we decided to do these
gym tiles. She’s gonna put her treadmill in here. It’s a perfect little space in her master. Picture a treadmill right here. Ya know, you’re working on your treadmill
and your machine over here, looking outside. Not treadmill, but elliptical. And so, that’s that. John! Yeah? This bedroom, I mean, this bathroom here was
already existing.It’s quite nice. We didn’t even touch it, we didn’t modify
it. One of the reasons also I told her to buy
this house is with the flooring is really nice. Kesha wood, it has good movement to it. This bathroom doesn’t even need to be renovated,
the one downstairs didn’t need to be renovated. Unfortunately her electrical was completely
shot. She needed to completely rewire this house. Good thing she did, too, because it was literally
a fire hazard. I mean, it was really really bad. So, thankfully we took care of her there,
and added the upgrades that are needed but not a full-renovation.She had taken me to
a house before that she was in Escrow on, and wanted my opinion on it, and what I would
do. It didn’t have enough square footage for her,
it was in a better part of Pasadena that she wanted, but unfortunately it needed a lot
of work. We’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars
worth of work.This one, not as much, you know what I mean? And, she can move in quicker. She’s owned this for, I think, three months
now, is the total length that this job has taken to fix and renovate, ya know, to her
liking. The other one, she wouldn’t have moved in
for over a year. Ya know, carrying a mortgage is like a million
and half dollar house as she bought it…so carrying a mortgage on it for a year and a
half until it’s ready to move into would suck for anybody. Ya know, so, fortunately this one worked out
great. She’s super stoked, and I am very happy to
have her as client because it’s carte blanche. Anything I say goes, and that’s the way it’s
best. I mean, those kind of clients are the best. They get the best product because they’re
not dictating all of this stuff. Ya know, every client is different. You gotta work with them and their needs,
if they have some things that they’re dead-set on, you’ll accommodate them. That’s just the reality of this business. This bedroom here is another bedroom that
we modified. It had really awkward ceilings that unnecessarily
joisted in popcorn ceilings. It was just really bad, so we took out the
ceiling completely, rebuilt it, drywalled it to the ceiling joist and added recessed
lights. The closet over here, the closet structure. There was a stand-alone sort of Ikea closet
here before, and it didn’t make any sense, so what we did was we framed it in with the
wing walls, and created a slider here, and the contractor was nice enough to include
some nice shelving for her that he built. So we didn’t have to custom, the closet guy
did this closet because it’s pretty standard. It’s for her son, it’s her son’s bedroom. We use the USB, because her kids are definitely
going to have their phones they’re plugging in their devices, and it plugs right in there. So very convenient, little trick of the trade. This room here was more of an extra room/den
with no real purpose to it. So what we did was we created a sort of a
game room for her husband. He wanted a man cave really bad, so we gave
it to him. His wife was nice enough to buy him a table,
and we put in a really cool light fixture here over the pool table. We’re gonna put some cool furniture in there. On this wall over here, we’re gonna do a walk-up
bar for his. I’m gonna custom build…actually, I already
designed it. What we’re gonna do is we’re gonna build it
right here with floating shelves. Check later, and I’ll show you some pictures
of this, but this is gonna be one of the key features in the bars. This should, uh, come around here and look
at this. This safe was under that staircase that we
tore down, just hiding. It was so crazy that we had to keep it. The height of it is perfect for a bar height. So what we’re gonna do is customer build a
bar around this feature. He’s gonna keep his liquor in it, cool things,
and it’s just a fun feature for his game room. We still have to get into it, we haven’t been
able to get into the safe yet. I have a locksmith coming over at some point. He’s gonna get us into it. Whether we keep it as a working one, and can
re-code it, or just keep it open and he just has a cool little vault for his alcohol. Whatever we can do. Obviously we wanna be able to re-code it so
he can use it, maybe for his Rolex’s, I don’t know. This room over here used to be just a weird
kinda closet/staircase. Over in this corner is where the staircase
was that we tore out, and were able to absorb more space into this room to make it a nice
downstairs room for grandma, and we had some cool features in here for her. We added a full bath which wasn’t here before,
and we did a no-reveal entrance for the shower with grab-bars, so she can get in and out
of it with ease, and not have to worry about, ya know, hurting herself. Come in here, and let’s check out her fancy
toilet. We got her a two thousand toilet, a Toto. So here we go, check it out. This one has a built-in bidet. flushing there is two settings, I have two
of these at my house. I love it. Warm the seat. It closes automatically. It hasn’t yet. Because you’re in motion, it has a motion-sensor. You walk near it, and it opens. Oh. So this is a great washlet. It has two different settings; one and two
you can osculate, like a sprinkler, you can control the osculation. How do you make it flush? The flush is right here. I know that, but I mean for the bidet. You have to sit. It senses your butt. You sit on it, and you push rear. There’s two settings. One for the front, which we don’t need. I could use that. Right on your balls. Wash your balls off. Then the back goes straight where you think
it goes. You got a butthole washer and ballsack mixer. Yes you do. Cool. Then there’s a light flush and a full flush,
and this is the open seat/close seat. So here’s the shower, let me walk you through
here. This didn’t exist. This was to be the water heater closet. We put a tank-less water heater in her house,
so we were able to absorb this space for her walk-in shower. As you see here…there’s a no-reveal perfect
for the, there’s no curb that she has to step over. There’s a grab-bar over here that she can
use while she’s showering. A nice niche that’s out of the way. You always want to keep niches out of sight
because it hides bottles and things that you don’t want to see, you know what I mean? The she has the shower head right here, but
the cool feature I love most about this, the design for her, is nobody wants to get into
a shower, turn it on, and you’re immediately in the shower. So what we did, was we put the valve right
here before she gets in, sets the temperature correct, then she’s able to walk into a nice
warm shower, or whatever settings she wants to take it. Yeah, that’s basically it. Oh no, we have a custom closet we did for
her, too. Let me show you that, so come in here. Here’s the custom closet we did, and we utilized
that space. Again, this space was split. It was a closet before to the man cave, and
a closet to this sort of space that basically was one big closet; it was a really awkward
room. We incorporated this entire space into a walk-in
closet for grandma. There is her vanity which we built-in. Let’s meet the homeowner. Over here. This is Wei’i; she’s a pleasure to work with,
and this is the mom right here. This is her bedroom we’re in. She loved her toilet. Wei’i is a pleasure to work with. I’ve worked with her on her other house as
well as her best friend’s house. We fully renovated that one, and I helped
her do some Airbnb business too over near USC. Helped her get some places leased, and fixed
up, anything she needs I’m here for her. Like I said, pleasure to work with. She really lets me, gives me carte blanche,
and ya know, for good reason because this is what I do and this is why she hired me. Carte blanche, I like that. I’m totally for carte blanche ’cause things
look good when John picked it out. Yeah, we’re very happy. The whole project. People are always frustrated with their contractors,
I’m actually happy. In fact, I don’t know what people are complaining
about, because this is great. Well, trust me there’s a very unhappy people
out there. It is because they expect things that they
don’t know, and they try to do it on their own. There’s different reasons. They’ll bring in one person to do something,
and they’re unhappy with that. To have sort of one person control and one
run raise. You did the right thing by hiring me, and
I recommended Dave, and Dave does great work. This job moved quick. Like I said before, she was about to buy,
she was in Escrow on a house in South Pasadena that was in a beautiful, beautiful area. The house was gorgeous, but it needed a lot
a lot of work. Way more work than this house does. It would have taken her over a year to move
into that house. This one, it’s been, what, 3 months? She’s able to move in, what, this weekend? Yeah. So, she’s moving in this weekend. We’re doing one last walk-through to make
sure we tighten everything up. A couple of last-minute decisions, and she’s
in. This space here had a couple random windows. So what I wanted to do was something dramatic,
and open it wide, like nice and big. I mean, what is this, a sixteen foot slider?Sixteen
feet, and two panels that fold this way. So now you bring your indoor living and your
outdoor living together. Before she also didn’t have the deck, so extending
that deck out there they’re gonna use this space more than anything now. Now this room doesn’t look like a hallway,
you know. You can float your furniture right down the
middle, and still walk on both sides of it. This will be where your TV is right over here. You can float your furniture here, chair in
the corner, TV stand. Then now, this outdoor space is really where
it’s at. This here we built a big beefy deck, with
cascading staircase down all three sides of it here, here and here. Uh, two sides. Well, a little bit in the corner. So she wanted a Jacuzzi really bad, so we
worked that in to where it’s gonna flow straight to the deck to the Jacuzzi. It’s also the same espresso-ish color, and
we built this system up here. We’re gonna put some sails up here, which
I need to measure today to make sure that we buy the right sails, to where it’ll keep
this place shaded. One option that we sort of batted around was
to do a retractable awning, but those are, those can get quite pricey, and it was pricey. The sails are a quicker solution, cheaper
solution, but also very cool and hip. You’ll see the Afters. So look at it from that outside, this is the
dormer that we added to the left. We did it in a way so it matches the right
almost perfectly. You’d never notice that it’s there, and it
adds symmetry to the space. Before all that was there was the dormer on
the right, and it just looked off balance. The roof line didn’t look right, everything
just looked a little off balance. Now with it there, it looks beautiful, opens
up light in that top room, the music room. I love it, Think we did a really good job. We just arrived to my client’s house, the
one that she’s currently living in renting. She wants to go over furniture, what items
she should keep from her current collection and take over to her new house. Let’s see what she has and give her some suggestions. I also brought some catalogs with me so I
can leave with her make some suggestions. Really I want to see what she’s vibing on,
so I’m going to have her ear tag the catalog. I’m not gonna overwhelm her with too many
stuff. That’s definitely something that’s very important
to designers out there; they give too many selections to clients that really have no
idea. they are just confused and end up making a
poor decision, or a not decision. I’ll change it 20 times. Just give them a couple different catalogs
or just one company that’s one of your go-to’s when you do personal shopping like this, and
I have wholesale accounts with these so it’s easy for me to put the orders in and ship
it over straight, or they’re also local L.A., so they can go pick it up. Let’s see how it goes, let’s see what she
has. Okay. Is all the furniture here yours?All the furniture
here is mine, and out here and then I have more in the garage. Okay, so let’s check it out. This one can stage with for like a huge space,
but it doesn’t really work with your house. Okay. These ones…um. They go into the man cave? Yeah. One on one side, one on the other, or both
on side by side. Yeah, bring ’em and put them there for now,
and maybe you might shuffle one upstairs or somewhere. Okay. Bring them for now? Yeah, definitely bring them. We can make it work. Okay. See now keeping these red chairs you’re dictating
your space elsewhere in the backyard to red. Before we make any purchases. Okay okay. So show it to your husband, show it your daughter,
show it to your son, see what they’re digging on. Okay. And they’ll like it, but don’t just pick only
from here because it’s in front of you-go to these websites. Websites, okay. Alright, are we good? Ready to rock. Congratulations, you’re about to move in. Okay, so we’re just leaving Wei’i’s house
right now that she’s renting. I gave her some catalogs for some furniture
so she can pick out some cool stuff, and once she dials it in a little bit more I’ll help
her assemble the order and go in that direction. As far as compensation for that particular
design job, I helped her with all of the design aspects, with the floor plan options, the
picking of the tile, all the spec materials, and to help manage that project, but I knew
that the contractor she hired I worked with him tons of times; I referred him. He’s a great contractor and I would use him
every time. He’s a little on the pricier side, but I love
him to death, and he is no BS. Like he gets the job done and you never have
to worry about him. If there’s a mistake or something happens,
he rarely hits you with extras unless they’re just something that really just, oh sh*t,
ya know. So he’s the perfect contractor for the client
like Wei’i. What I charge for my fee for that job is 4
thousand dollars, and I did some project management, not full-blown like I was there every day. That job is not necessary with a contractor
like that. I give him all the information and the details
and he runs with it. You gotta tell him one time, check-in to confirm
one every couple of weeks. This job took just under three months to complete
from beginning to end. So it’s a good return on that one. Normally for jobs that are going to take months
and months, past three months or what have you, I charge by the hour. I take retainers for those jobs in advance,
and then chip away at those hours to report to them what hours I worked and what have
you. My typical rate is about 75, dollars an hour
for that time. I charge about 25 dollars on average for a
drive time. So if it takes me an hour to get there it’s
25 bucks, half hour $12.50, and $75 per hour for the time I’m needed. I can’t work like that in all jobs. I can’t do that for small jobs. I gotta charge flat rates for small jobs. It just doesn’t make much sense to do those
ones at all if that’s the case. This particular one I knew that it was going
to go smoothly, so four thousand was a sufficient amount. Plus, she’s a total sweetheart. I do other business with her, too, and every
time she needs anything she calls me. She’s a great client who was recommended people
left and right. She’s got a neighbor right now that she wants
me to go and give a price quote on for a room addition. I’m not a contractor myself, so I do design
and project management. So for jobs like that what I do is I give
them my design and project management fee, recommend contractors. They sign deals with the contractors directly,
and I manage the entire process. I’ll take out all the materials, etc. etc. But I still make sure to keep track of all
of my hours every day that I work on the job. So at the end of the job, I can add up all
the time that I spent on this job divided by the four thousand I’m making on this job,
and then figure out what I made hourly on that. This one’s gonna work out just fine, so I
don’t really need to do the numbers. My bookkeeper and my business coach may make
me do it just as an exercise just to make sure that I get that process and sort of refine
it as much as possible. It’s always a work in progress guys. I’ve been doing this for years, but you’re
always learning new stuff. I hope I’m helping you guys learn some new
stuff and please comment, record, video, send ’em back to me @ me, I will reply to you and
respond. Hey guys, it is 4 p.m. We just got to the Kyle property, and this
is in Sunland, California. This is a really interesting story with this
one. This is one of my developer clients bought
this house, and they were just gonna do a quick ground and pound flip on it. I don’t even think they pulled permits. Actually, they did pull permits, but it was
just supposed to be a ground and pound flip, and in and out. It turned into a total disaster for them. They had an oak tree in the middle of the
property, which restricted them from doing any kind of new development on the property
because there’s all kinds of laws to protect oak trees and such. So there’s that. The properties up here are all zigzag, the
property lines through each other’s properties, there’s easements. There’s all kind of crazy stuff. The house was in such bad shape it was basically
a tear-down once they started gutting it and getting into it. Then the back side of the property couldn’t
be rebuilt exactly the same because it laid half on the neighbor’s side. The neighbor was a complete jerk about it
and wasn’t playing ball at all. Then so when they tore it down they wanted
to build a bigger house and more square footage, and then they had all kinds of issues with
the oak tree. They had to go to the oak tree commission
to get it torn down, and had to plant, I don’t know, 50 other oak trees in place of it. Not in place of it, but elsewhere to replace
the one that they cut down. A bit of a travesty. I don’t like cutting trees. I love working with nature as much as humanly
possible. This one, they just couldn’t build anything. They literally couldn’t build anything back
there because you have setbacks, side backs, things restrictions, they literally this oak
tree was in the middle of the property. They couldn’t build anything on it. It was just a parking lot with an oak tree
in the middle of it. So they had to go to the commission and get
the oak tree legally torn down. They did so, this is probably three years
ago that this went down, so I’ve been working on this job for three years now, touching
it on many different levels. Finally the contractors finished the construction
on it. it’s basically 99%. I’m here to do a staging bid on it to give
them a quote on that. I think they’ll be ready to stage next week. I’ll be showing you some Afters of it after
it’s staged, and some right now of a little walk through of the property. As well as some artist renderings I did a
couple of years ago. We changed the color, I think they’re yellow
or something, and some floor plans so you can see the inside. We did all that as well. Yeah, property’s finally finished. Mind you, I have like 30-40 properties like
this that I’m working on at all different levels of construction for different clients. That’s why I’m running around all day every
day job site job site job site. Some are at different stages, some of them
are being finished. We saw Wei’i earlier; her house is just being
finished. The one in Anaheim is just being finished
in about a week. So those ones are at the latter end. This one here is ready to stage and be finished. Let’s walk and check it out. Okay, so, looks like they’re building a big
deck out here. I wasn’t aware of that. That’s cool-it’s gonna look really nice once
it’s staged. Let’s walk the plank and go check out the
inside.Looks lie they’re about two weeks out. The electrical still needs to come and put
the finish on, the counter top guy needs to be the sealant on. The floors are all in place. I see some tile here, which means that the
bathrooms are probably aren’t going to get to maybe more than two weeks. Let’s walk around and check it out. This would be the living room, dining room,
staged right over here adjacent to the kitchen. Nice little deck out there. Here is like a little den area. Actually, no, this is a bedroom. I think originally we had planned on making
this the den, but it’s a bedroom. I see a closet right there. The tile in this bathroom is in, a nice white
subway with black grout and some black trim sugar trim. Grey cabinets shaker style. If I remember correctly, I speced out white
counters for these. It’s a good tile guy. It’s not easy to pull that off with that dark
of grout. So the floors aren’t done yet up here. Again, these are all like two day jobs for
the right guy to come in boom boom. Counter top guy one day job. The cabinets are in so this could move quickly. Of course the developers always want things,
when they’re done they want it right away, so I gotta be ready with my notes and my plan
and guide, so that way the second they’re ready I come in fire in the furniture, and
get this puppy on the market for them. For those of you who are watching at home,
I know it looks a lot further along than, I mean a lot further out than two weeks or
so, but really it’s just putting things together at this point. Then that goes quick. Casing guy comes in and he’s the same guy
that we use for the floors, the second trade will be the counter top guy. Cabinet guy comes and puts the finish and
the pulls on. The plumber comes and installs all the faucets,
then basically the electrician comes in and yeah, does the finish items too, so. It could go really quick, so hopefully two
weeks they’ll be ready to stage this puppy and I’ll be ready for them. I’ll send them the proposal later on tonight,
and the second they’re ready we’ll come fire our furniture in here. Okay, so if you notice in here we have run
into somebody staying here. We have house sitters at these properties
during construction to make sure that they don’t get broken into, they get protected
during the process of construction. It must be pretty rough living in the situation
as it doesn’t have running water yet, anything like that, but at least these guys keep it
safe, they make a little bit of money, everybody’s happy. So basically what I do when I do the staging
diagrams, I just kind of dictate the spaces, no I indicate which spaces get what furniture,
you know, silly little drawings and then follow those up with photos for my team to follow. Really, the photos for the most part, unless
there’s really strange places that need to be measured are usually enough to go on. Then I just gotta give my notes. This is a 4 bedroom. The upstairs bedrooms will be actual bedrooms,
the downstairs bedroom I want to make a bad-ass office because it’s nice and big..it’s downstairs,
it overlooks a nice little view, so it’ll be cool. If you only had 3 bedrooms, I wouldn’t sort
of advise to put an office only because you only have 3 bedrooms, but being that there’s
a 4th bedroom, having that extra space as an office is completely acceptable in my point
of view for this buyer. Some buyers, ya know, if it’s super big family
kind of area where people are gonna ya know, shove their cousins, and aunts and uncles,
and just pack it in there, and just put all beds, but really those kind of properties..I
don’t really stage those properties too often. Those are a lot lower price points. This one, this general area will be the dining
room set, and this area over here will be the living room. The only thing I really want to notate here
is that the TV stand will probably be situated over here. I do like staging with televisions. A lot of stagers don’t use televisions. I choose to do so because I’m a practical
stager. I like coming to a space and feeling how somebody’s
gonna live in there. Some people just put chairs and make it visually
appealing, but then you sit down and think about it, like where the hell am I gonna put
my TV. A lot of people, that will be a negative,
that’ll be in their head, like there’s no place to put a TV. Even though there is a place to put the TV’s,
they see it as you put it. So it’s really, you know want to take out
all the of the questions. You want to answer them all when you stage
a property. You want them to feel like they bring the
toothbrush, and just move on in. Know what I mean? Your clients get a better service that way,
too, so it’s really important to dictate TV walls, or at least give options for those. And dining room sets. Like, look at this space. People are gonna wonder where the hell am
I gonna put my dining room? It’s not an obvious situation, so that’s why
staging is so important. People, they don’t get it, they don’t see
like I do, ya know what I mean. They don’t see like other designers do, they
don’t have any idea where to put stuff. It’s the truth. That’s why staging is very very important. Okay, we are off. The next property we’re going to is my flip,
is in Encino. I need to go pay a couple of people and check
on the progress. I have a lot of trades over there right now
finishing up some items, and I need to make sure that work has been done. So that’s where we’re heading. Alright, it’s 5:45. We just got to my flip right now. This is the Clemons property, as you see right
behind us it’s the huge pink palace right now. Looks like an apartment building. It’s actually a single family residence, it’s
just very tall. After we’re done with it, it’s gonna look
like a modern oasis. It’s gonna be beautiful. So far what we’ve done to the exterior, we’ve
done lots of interior, which I’ll take you inside right now. There will be plenty of other blog posts about
this because this is mine. I’m gonna take you through all the financials
and all the breakdown in later videos. Right now, I’ll just give you a little overview
of what we’re doing to the outside and where we’re at right now. We just changed out all the windows, the black
vinyl windows. The casings were in good shape so we just
painted the casings the color they’re gonna be. The entire stucco in the front is gonna be
white smooth stucco. So that’s coming up next, that’s like the
last thing we’re gonna do is all white smooth stucco. We’ll put a new garage door, sleek modern,
flat paneled garage door. Paint it the really really dark brown almost
black color that you see it on there. And that whole chase right inside of the entryway
is gonna be black as well, up and down. We have an awesome black aluminum door, which
you’ll see in a couple of minutes. That compliments all the other black trim
and such. Underneath that eyebrow above the garage door,
that whole strip right there, horizontally where the garage is, it’s all gonna be that
same dark chocolate color as well. These planters are all gonna be that black
color as well. So it’s gonna be a stark contrast between
the light white stucco and then the black accents and trims and such. It’s gonna show really well when we’re done. We’re gonna put the address number somewhere
on the staircase wall right there. We have 4 bedrooms here, 3 bath and a pool,
Jacuzzi. Really cool house. Not for everybody, though, ’cause there are
stairs, but it has amazing views of the Valley, which are back there. Much more to come later, okay. Enjoy. Okay, it’s 6:45 now, this is the last stop
of the day. This is the Victory 1 property. I was on my way home, so I thought I’d stop
by. Reason why it’s called Victory 1 is because
this client has like 5 or 6 on this street. So they had to title them Victory 1, 2, 3. Looks like they’re about ready to stucco it. So they’re not quite ready for me to get involved. I did all the design work, artist renderings,
I’ll do the staging to help with the leasing of this. Usually with apartments like this, they lease
out the units first before they go to sell it. So if they’re going to sell this building
or keep, I don’t know what their strategy is for this developer. If they do decide to sell it, usually the
buyer would rather them have all the units rented out at market rate, and then turned
over to them as a part of the contingencies of the sale. Not sure exactly what’s going on here, but
it looks like they are at least a couple of months out. Okay. Alright. It is now 7 o’clock, back at home. It’s been a long day. Usually I’m back home by like 5-6 o’clock,
today’s been an especially long day. I’m glad that joined me, and I was able to
show what I do everyday. I mean, this is just a taste. I have over 30-40 properties at any given
time at all different stages that I’m working on. We stage, ya know, 10 sometimes 15 properties
a month. So we have that business that we have a lot
of activity. Also, future posts will show a lot more of
that. Now it’s time to get some dinner, go inside
and play with my son. Tomorrow’s another day. Thanks for watching. What’s up buddy?Come here, baby, come here. Muah.


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