When John and Michelle Mulligan were considering the purchase of a second home, the decision to pick Virginia Beach was an easy one. The Mulligans met and married here, and with their lives and careers in Richmond, wanted an easy beach getaway that was dear to their hearts and could be used frequently.
In May 2013, they found a home at the North End and while the design and layout were a bit dated, they decided to enjoy it for the summer and better understand what renovations would become a priority. As the fall rolled around, they started researching builders and a friend pointed out the VB Homes sign on a neighboring house under construction. Michelle called a few places but after reaching out to VB Homes and meeting with Chris Ettel and his team, she and her husband were impressed with the company’s client-focused and easygoing approach.
With a long list of desired changes, the Mulligans quickly realized they needed to pare down the list. The first order of business was renovating the exterior and so the VB Homes team helped Michelle and John choose new windows and a shake style Hardie plank siding to replace the weathered brown wood originally in place.
Next was tackling the middle floor of the three-story home. The second floor contained the main living space with the kitchen, dining room, and two den/living room areas. Here, the kitchen was originally closed off from the rest of the living space and opening it up was a must for the Mulligans. An entire wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed to create an open flow; now, you can see from one end of the house to the other and the Mulligans can better keep up with their kids. The floors were refinished by removing original vinyl in the kitchen, replacing it with wood flooring and blending the wood flooring in the living room to match. With the renovation complete, both the Mulligans name the kitchen as their favorite spot in the house – John loves to cook and the space is more livable, usable and better suited for entertaining.
The remainder of the house – mostly bedrooms and bathrooms – received a facelift with new flooring and doors, fresh paint and soothing blue and green décor mirroring the coastal views just outside. VB Homes was able to take the house from one stuck in the 1980’s to a modern beach getaway.