Okay the photo above might be reachin' for the stars but the concept of the look is what has been in my mind's eye since I saw the Coffee Shop and the potential of the apartments. As a visual designer by trade I tend to visualize things at million dollar level and the same was true with the apartments. When I first drove through Marion my heart was crushed at how much potential it had but the dismal sight of what it had become. Initially I hated it and immediately wrote off the thought of finding anything there that was my little piece of zen that I am seeking. When I saw your place and we talked about your goals and the dream of revitalizing this small town one building at a time I fell in love. Maybe that is the transition my life is taking, revitalizing what used to be and what could have been.
The apartment is cute, clean and probably safe and obviously affordable. BUT it can be so much more. My design mind began thinking of the bones of the building, the potential to be the first really cool building in the revitalizing of the town and what I would do if it were mine. Investing a lot of effort, a little time and of course a bit of money is something to consider for this project. Without further blah blah, here is a little visual of the style that I have in mind. It is very inexpensive to decorate in the modern industrial style because it is supposed to look rustic, the materials are easy to find, inexpensive yet lend a very upscale yet cool feel. The apartments will lease for at least 50% more than your current valuation and even more important they will attract the right tenants that you want in your building. You also have a very good income potential using Airbnb for furnished units on a monthly, weekly or nightly basis. Hotels in Marion are 33% higher than surrounding areas, I assume because of families visiting MCI. Furnishing these units similarly to the photos I have used will be super inexpensive, IKEA, yard sales, goodwill and a keen eye for simple, classy and budget friendly. Something to consider at least.
This image is still my favorite and the concept I would use when hunting materials for the first apartment revamp if given the green light.
The photos below are all a bit over the top on décor and budget BUT I wanted you to get a feel for the textures and materials I have in mind. Original hardwoods refinished properly, exposed brick, clean neutral paint colors, funky industrial lighting, hand cut counters and wall shelves, removing the cabinets to open the room and create visual pop with industrial metal hardware and hand cut wood shelving, clean white subway tile or even maybe a glass, metal mosaic backsplash. The materials are so cheap, reclaimed wood is going to be easy to find and free or dirt cheap, tiles we shop and compare and find on sale, hardware for shelving is minimal, paint minimal, you will need decent appliances but not over the top. Just good. Check scratch and dent sales at Lowes weekly.
Make My Dreams Come True. Tell me there is potential for this to happen.....