Updating Your Sanibel Condo

We hate to say it, but there are a number of condos on Sanibel Island that could use some serious updating. We’re not talking about the condition of the unit itself, some have been meticulously maintained and look great for their age! 

We’re talking about bringing the interior design into the new decade… if not a complete remodel, at least a renovation.

The Open Layout

For several years now, the open concept floorpan has been a desirable feature of home buyers across the nation. With condos, this can be tricky. There’s only so much square-footage to “open” within a condo, and certain layouts just don’t allow. 

But here are a few examples of how to open your kitchen, dining and living areas into one space. Some people even decide to enclose their screened lanais, increasing the interior living space of the condo. 

Classy Kitchens

Updating the kitchen appliances and countertops is fairly easy in terms of not having to remodel the entire space. A fresh coat of paint, modern backsplash, and new light fixtures can do wonders for a kitchen refresh. 

Modern Bathrooms

Bathrooms are easily out-dated. Removing the tub, chipping up old tile, and replacing heavy objects like toilets can be a lot of work, but it’s all worth it in the end. You’ll notice most modern bathrooms use bright white paint, flooring, and fixtures. Glass shower enclosures help to make the space feel larger too. 

Bedroom Updates

Let’s get rid of the carpet altogether. If you prefer the feel of carpet, you could always have a throw rug, which is much easier to clean and replace than carpet. If your bedrooms are tight on space, try a few built-in shelves within the closet or above the dresser for increased storage. Pull out beds are great for guest rooms, where you can also incorporate a computer desk or work station. Light-colored paint and new blinds can help bedrooms feel larger as well. 


Obviously not all of these projects are easy for the average DIY-er. But we know a few 5-star contractors in Southwest Florida that would do amazing work. We can even recommend a few interior designers who can help you envision a new space before any work is started. Shoot us an email if you need ideas or recommendations! 

Susan McCallion About Susan McCallion

Meet "Your Favorite Redhead." Susan was exposed to real estate while young with her parent's 8 Re/MAX offices in Connecticut! In 2008, Susan and Jim became permanent Sanibel residents, starting McCallion & McCallion to bring a fresh approach to real estate.