Thursday, December 1, 2011

{sarah's house 4: season wrap up}


So, Sarah's House season 4 has already come and gone! This last week included bits of the home's exterior and the final weigh-in from 3 real estate agents. Truth be told, Sarah had a lot more flexibility to change things up with regards to the building process than I think any average home-owner working with a builder would have been allowed. And I very highly doubt that many owners would be able to fork out over $100,000 in upgrades! However, I really appreciated the ideas she shared with us, and we can definitely take things from it that we could implement in our own homes - new build or not. To me it's kind of like couture runway fashions, if you take them with a grain of salt, they can translate into our own wardrobes in a more practical and affordable way!


The total costs came down to $886,720 - and I learned through Jen at Rambling Renovators that the home was actually listed at $1,050, 000 - no word on how much it sold for but it is SOLD and I'm sure Sarah did much more than break even! And apparently furnishings, custom mirrors and custom drapery were not included in the sale which was surprising to me. Oh how I'd LOVE to see what the new homeowners do with this place! What do you think? Was this home worth more than $1 million? Would you buy it and what would you change if you did? I would panel the lower half of those dining room walls faster than you could say turquoise!

All in all, I enjoyed this season, and I'm happy to learn that Sarah 101 is currently filming so we know we'll get our Sarah & Tommy fix again shortly :) By far I'd say the kitchen was my favorite space in this home, however a few of the other rooms didn't entirely do it for me. I'll never forget the very first season of Sarah's House - I'd move into that place without changing a darn thing. Since we've already looked through all the rooms on season 4, shall we take a trip down memory lane and take a peek at my personal favorite Sarah's House?










I've thoroughly enjoyed following every season of Sarah's House but this one above will still remain my ultimate fav! And I already can't wait to see what they've got cooking for Sarah 101 season 2 :) We are spoiled, aren't we??




22 comments:

HMB said...

Oh ow I wish we got her show here in Australia!!!

Designwali said...

totally agree with your perspective...i didn't really like most of the house...but do remember loving some of her old stuff!

My Crafty Home-Life said...

I always wondered if any of the "custom" stuff was included? That is a bit shocking! My favorite home was her family vacation island home...season 4 has not hit the states yet!

Kellie Collis said...

What a fabulous home! Love the neutrals and the pops of lovely colors! Enjoy the wonderful day, Kellie xx

Chic Coles said...

The pops of color make this house.

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

I so agree... that first house was perfection. Difficult to top that one.

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

I completely agree that the house in season 1 was absolute perfection. I like certain rooms in this series; the formal living room, the kitchen and the master bedroom. The main floor layout has great flow. Overall, I felt that this home didn't represent Sarah's signature style, and I found myself questioning a lot of decisions that she made, which I normally don't do. However, I still admire and adore Sarah and Tommy, and look forward to their next series.
Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

Designing B. said...

The pics above from her previous episode are lovely. I have to agree, although this season's episodes were interesting, I am still inlove with some of the homes from the previous seasons.

Tammy@InStitches said...

It is lovely. I met her in September and she talked about how her house was her laboratory where she can experiment with new stuff.

Michelle ~ Make Life Pretty said...

This season's house was very nice, and I liked some parts of it, but I can see why this one was your favorite!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Can't say this house was my favourite - loved her past houses though! But the boys room in this house was definitely a hit for me. Can't wait to see what she cooks up next!

Amanda said...

Agreed. I love the home from season 1! By far the best! I wasn't that crazy about some of the choices this season....*ahem* that dining room!

lifeloveluxe said...

Looooooove - if I listed everything I loved, I'd probably go into Writing a Novel territory, but that office nook with a bay window is brilliant. Her cost-effective decor is inspirational, too. You don't have to break the bank to achieve good taste!

www.lifeloveandluxury.com

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Nancy, I thoroughly enjoyed this post and agree with you on every point. Maybe she's running out of ideas, maybe she's starting new trends. Her kitchen rocked and that's about it for me. I can't help but like her the best in Room Service ....... oh those were the days.

lisaroyhandbags said...

Even though they put in some great finishes, I think once you take away all the decor and beautiful furniture, you're simply left with a shell and no one will make it look as good. As for the price, I'd never pay that for a builder home in a crowded subdivision.

Andrea Johnson said...

Totally agree, I loved the first season! It is by far my favourite. I liked certain things about this season like the entryway, master bath and kitchen. The rest wasn't my thing. Great post!

Andrea
xo

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Totally agree with you - Season 1 was my favourite Sarah's House by far. If this one is like the others, the new owners probably had the option to buy the house with the furnishings (at a higher price of course). If it were me, I would always opt to buy the furnishings because it would sure be hard to top Sarah's look with my own ratty stuff!

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Kathysue said...

Nancy, Thank you so much for the update and the walk down memory lane. boy, is she a talented lady with impeccable taste!! Merry Christmas♥
xo Kathysue

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

My favourite rooms are the living room (of course, it's purple!), kitchen, and ensuite. Overall, I didn't enjoy this series as much as Sarah's previous series. It really annoyed me that they made the suburbs out to be this horrible, evil place where trolls live. And Tommy has become too much of a yes-man - he needs his own show where he can really shine.

Where the Fish Live said...

what site can you watch the newer seasons in the USA?

thanks

avid fan of sarah's house

~dina

KoenigFan said...

Hi All -
I am a sick Sarah fan. Thank you for posting this. I too have favorite homes that Sarah did. I think this house was cheated as in the US, we didn't get to see all the episodes. When the real estate folks were in the basement, they kept referencing the walk out. The never showed it from the outside (they never showed the backyard) so you don't get the visual impact that is described.
I liked the entire house except for the living room and the master bedroom. Too old lady-ish for my taste. Lavender is a tough color to make hip. You need to make it pop with other colors which was not done here. I like the living room furnishings, just not the anchoring color.
The dining room I actually liked except for the blue velvet bench. BUT Sarah always talks about rooms leading into other rooms so it was a bit of a surprise to see it next to the family room. They make two completely different statements.
The master bedroom was just blah. Big and blah. I am so used to Sarah using a wow wallpaper on one wall or something that really makes a room pop.
I think Sarah Richardson is the best thing on television ans I look forward to what she does next. It sickens me that HGTV does not embrace her. She is way more talented than the network's "stars" but whatever.

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