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Before and after shots of a Gentilly Terrace renovation

The Craftsman bungalow asks $349K

A white house with a lavender door, shaded by a big tree
Fresh white paint gives the brick cottage a modern look.

It’s Friday—hooray! If your weekend agenda includes a minor life re-set (e.g., a closet cleanup, social media detox, spa day), then let this Gentilly Terrace glow-up be your inspiration. Few things are more satisfying than a good makeover, so feast your eyes on this before-and-after.

A white brick cottage with a yellow door and neat gardens.
The landing area retains its original finish, which provides a bit of contrast.

The Craftsman cottage is one of two projects by Vivian Kain. The interior designer has been “buying, redesigning, and renovating houses” since being laid off from Delgado Community College due to educational budget cuts. Dated light fixtures and cabinetry, peeling siding, and an uninspired color palette were just a few issues facing this cottage when Kain laid eyes on it.

1980s wood cabinets and a white tile floor in a dreary looking kitchen
The old kitchen was dark and dated.

She updated the exterior by removing mildewed awnings, adding landscaping, and painting the exterior a cheery yellow and white. New windows also freshened up the home’s facade. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom interior also needed improvements, particularly its kitchen.

The kitchen is almost unrecognizable now, thanks to new stainless-steel appliances, new white cabinets, and granite countertops. Kain’s light, stylish touch continues to the bathroom, where you’ll find a glass enclosure shower, new fixtures, and tile floors. Elsewhere, hardwood floors are present. The home covers 1,503 square feet, and it includes a fenced backyard with a deck and detached garage.

A Gentilly resident as well as the listing agent for this property, Kain says the neighborhood was established as a National Register Historic District in 1999. “It includes the largest concentration of Craftsman and California bungalow styles of architecture in New Orleans,” she said in an emailed statement.

The price tag is $349,000.

Via: Vivian Kain of Revolution Realty

An empty room with white walls, wood floors, big windows and a ceiling fan.
Natural light floods the living area.
A sleek kitchen with white cabinets, wooden floors, and granite counters.
Everything in the kitchen, from the cabinets to the floor, is new.

An empty white room with three windows and wood floors
A new HVAC system keeps things cool, as does the ceiling fan.
A bathroom with white tile, a toilet, and a granite sink
The glass enclosure shower is a stylish and efficiently use of space


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