Playroom Extravaganza!

The call came in. A mom, not desperate, simply READY and SUPER MOTIVATED. With two young, active, energetic, creative children she knew that the cluttered basement full of unused furniture, old paint cans, tools, and lots of gear had potential. Somewhere through the chaos, she envisioned a playroom. A retreat for her kids. A space of their own. A spot where they could go to swing, bounce, play pretend and dare I say, get out of her hair for a few minutes:))

So the motivation was there, but standing in the cluttered basement it felt way too overwhelming. The vision was blurry. How could this all come together? Was it worth the effort?

Check out the BEFORE shots:

Here’s where we came in. Standing in the chilly basement in the middle of December, we looked around, quickly figured out their lifestyle, asked questions of what needed to stay and what could go. We then asked one key question:

How does this space need to function?

 The answer was this: They wanted a playroom that could grow with their young kids, a family room for movie nights, a place for playdates and entertaining, and as a laundry room, gear room, and storage room.  No problem. There was plenty of space for everything if we designed it properly.

So right then and there we came up with the plan. It made sense to section off areas for gear and tools. Define the laundry area a little better. Install half walls to partition off the water heater and electrical stuff. Get rid of shelving that was acting as a resting place for dump bound things, create smaller spaces within the room for a reading nook, dress-up area, include a multi-purpose table area for tea parties and art, include items for large motor development and furniture for movie night. The overall aesthetic needed to be playful and bright, yet not too age-specific so it wouldn’t be outdated in a year or two.

Once we brainstormed the ideas, this motivated mom was ready. Typically this is when we start organizing, even subbing out junk guys, calling a contractor and painter. But in this scenario that motivation was the driving force of making things happen quickly. The motivation carried over to her oh so handy husband who was able to build walls, make countless runs to Good Will and the dump. They cleaned and organized, decluttered and downsized. Check out their progress:

Next, we picked out paint colors and she painted on nights and weekends. We suggested where to install walls and doors and her husband got to it. We decided on the perfect carpet tiles and scheduled the measuring consult and install. We encouraged a simple addition of faux shiplap on the divider walls for a little texture and interest and boom…done! As they worked, we worked. The homeowners were mindful of wanting to upcycle and re-purpose items they already owned. We found several items at ReSource, Good Will, and Boho Baby, a new kids’ consignment shop in Williston. We worked within a budget and helped coordinate the carpet install. Then once all the pieces were ready, we installed the art and shelving, laundry table, dress-up area, play kitchen, reading nook, and even a kid-sized clothesline. We suggested using chalkboard paint on one of the walls and the homeowner nailed it! This was definitely a group effort. Such a fun project. The reaction from the kids….”Pure bliss…they love it!”

The AFTER pictures answer the question. YES, it was worth it!!!

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The original print version of this article was headlined “Getting a Moov On”

Let us take it from here.

That’s a wrap. The moving trucks arrived at 10:00 am and the house was unpacked and ready for the homeowners by 4:00 pm. But maybe I should be a little more specific.

Our clients closed on their new home yesterday, we met them after the closing for a walk-through of their space to get an overview of their needs. After spending about an hour walking from room to room, we were able to not only get a sense of their needs but also a peek into their style and overall design plan. We then shopped for requested items and met the movers the next day at 10am.

As the movers unloaded, we began to unpack. We asked the homeowner if she knew where she wanted her dishes, pots and pans, cutlery etc. At this point, after juggling a job, managing a family, and dealing with the last minute stresses of actually signing the paperwork to close on the house, she was ecstatic to be able to look at us and say: you decide. We happily agreed to her request. We unpacked and created a sensible kitchen layout including a warm decor to make the clients feel like they were truly settled. We then hung curtains in the dining room and filled playroom shelves with kids’ crafts and family photos. We made suggestions for furniture layout and discussed the options for changing a few paint colors.  And then, unpacked a little more.

If you’ve ever moved, you realize the emotional, financial and overall intensity of the process. When 60+ bins are unpacked for you, your process just got a whole lot more manageable.

Chittenden County, Vermont is such an amazing place to call home. If you are relocating to Vermont or simply moving to a new home in the area. Please consider looking at moving in a new way. It’s time to call Moov Consultants. Box free in a day…it’s our goal.

Nestled between the mountains: a vacation home in the Mad River Valley

It may be the dog days of summer, but there’s still a lot of moovement here in the Green Mountain state. Today we ventured to Waitsfield, which is a quintessential Vermont town in the Mad River Valley—an area known for world-class outdoor recreation, eclectic energy, and all the farm-to-table cuisine (and beer!) that our state is known for. While this is an area with a lively year-round population, Waitsfield is also a prized location for vacation homes—which is what brought Moov to the Valley today.

After searching for years, our new clients, have finally found their home away from home in the woods of Vermont, and they’ve partnered with Moov to help make it feel that way. Their new mountain house is nestled into a wooded lot with postcard-worthy mountain views. This space will become their haven—a place to escape the fast-paced, city living that is their current everyday life. It will be a place to relax and enjoy their friends, family, and of course, the great outdoors.

While the family looks forward to many long weekends and vacations spent here, Moov is looking forward to creating a welcoming and cozy space for them. From top to bottom, room to room, no detail will be overlooked:

  • We’ll start big with refinishing the floors, painting the walls, and contracting out repairs.
  • We’ll select furniture, lighting, and artwork.
  • We’ll bring in elements of nature, to reflect the beauty that surrounds them, while implementing all the unique features of the home as focal points. The use of hardwood, hand-hewn beams, stone and metal will help guide the decisions used for the interior decorating.
  • We’ll even make the beds with fine linens for their arrival.
  • And last but not least, we’ll make sure they are stocked with the makings for the perfect gin and tonic to savor the last sips of summer. That’s how we say, welcome home!

This is the exact kind of project that we love to do here at Moov—taking the stress out of moving and helping folks truly feel at home.

The Mad River Valley of Vermont