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David Frauenheim, Owner Be Smart Homes, LLC
David Frauenheim, Owner

We are not your typical home stager and organizer.    We know that money is tight especially during life transitions, like selling and buying a new home.    We specialize in occupied / lived in homes.   We pride ourselves on having our clients love there home again.   May it be getting top dollar for their homes because we empower them the knowledge that most buyers don't have or refreshing a home that just needs a bit of attention to be great again.  You don't need a complete remodel to make your home desirable we have a design idea for every budget.

Be Smart Homes specializes in presentation, de-cluttering, organization and landscaping recommendations.  At every available opportunity, we use the client's existing furnishings to transform an occupied home.  You shouldn't have to go broke to make money selling your home or enjoying it for another 10 years.    Ultimately our goal is to create a with the most 'wow factor' and the least amount of investment.

Key Projects

2J Northway: Everything 2J Northway: Everything 2J Northway is a neighbor of ours. In 2019 after the loss of its owner, the family contracted Be Smart Homes to refresh and prep the house to go on the market. Our task was to refresh this 80-year-old home, to highlight the architectural beauty while downplaying the 80 years of life.
9J Research 9J Research: 2020 New Owner 9J Research: Post Purchase Update This was a new home for its homeowner but it needed a little love. The seller really should have called us, but they didn't. Good for the new owner as she was able to pick out new paint colors, bathroom textures, and fixtures, and get a new first floor.
Greendale: New Kitchen Make Over Greendale: New Kitchen 12 Greendale: Kitchen Greenbelt is famous for its historic 1937 homes. Equally important to the community are the many single-family ranches built in the historic area in the '50s and '60s. This ranch on Greendale had seen some interesting and ugly renovation in its 1/2 century of life but this new young owners looking were looking to create a wonderful home and breath new life into their new home and community. They ask me to help give some real CPR to what was supposed to be a kitchen. The results are stunning.

Project Photos

2 Northway 2K Northway Built-in 1937 this wonderful home was and is part historic Greenbelt, MD. Part of the New Deal these homes were built to be part first planned community. We updated this international style home by both modernizing the home as the planners intended and acknowledging the historic nature of the building. Notice the color blocking of the exterior paint scheme as it is the same as the original 1930's architect and planned. The only one painted this way in the community
14D Ridge Kitchen 14D Ridge: Kitchen This early 20th-century Greenbelt row house just got some a young 21st-century family as its new owners. We took their tiny kitchen and dining area and turned it into an open living space that feels contemporary while nodding to its 20th-century international style roots.
Woodland Way: Kitchen Reno Woodland Way: Kitchen Reno The mid-century home built by a local legend and historical figure was beginning to show its age especially in the kitchen. The goal was to create a bright and inviting kitchen that was modern but would still fit with the mid-century house and natural surrounding that define the historical town of Greenbelt
25 Ridge: Art Deco Bathroom 25 Ridge: Art Deco Bathroom Not just another 1937 GHI bathroom. This one looks back to the Arc Deco period that was so popular in the 1930s and celebrates the glamour and style while still staying modern and fresh.
17K Ridge: Bathroom 17K Ridge: Bathroom I was brought in by the contractor to plan out a remodel of an existing full bath and laundry on the first floor. The contractor wanted a simple "don't change" anything design. The homeowners deserved more.
12 Greendale: Kitchen 12 Greendale: Kitchen Greenbelt is famous for its historic 1937 homes. Equally important to the community are the many single-family ranches built in the historic area in the '50s and '60s. This ranch on Greendale had seen some interesting and ugly renovation in its 1/2 century of life but this new young owners looking were looking to create a wonderful home and breath new life into their new home and community. They ask me to help give some real CPR to what was supposed to be a kitchen. The results are stunning.
11304 Kenton Place: Kitchen 11304 Kenton Place: Kitchen This wonderful example of mid-century style this jewel box of an Eichler inspired home from the 50's had a kitchen stuck in a bad 80's update. Now it has a perfectly befitting contemporary mid-century inspired kitchen. We used enamel white cabinetry from a big-box store to add needed storage while creating the "floating" upper cabinets indicative of 50's contemporary homes. Then top it off with the teal glass tiles that bridge the 'kitschy' 50's with today's take on mid-century style.
1C: A Kitchen 1C: A Kitchen This is the perfect kitchen for the perfect owner of this 900 sqft. townhome. This 10'x5' kitchen is the perfect size for 1 with 24" appliances and open shelving and white cabinets to keep this modern farmhouse kitchen bright and inviting.
11F Ridge: Kitchen & Powder Room 11F Ridge: Kitchen & Powder Room The homeowner purchased this house in the middle of 2020 with everything gone on. This was a lovely location here in Greenbelt but the house needed some love and attention (in other words design). Working closely with the homeowner the house got new flooring, new paint job, reworked master bedroom and a new kitchen and powder room.
41 Lakeside: Master Bath 41 Lakeside: Primary Bath After 20 years in their custom-built home, it was time to update. The one-room everyone waits on is their own Master Bathroom. This is because we all think no one important is going to see it. Well, you see it every day. My client, after raising their family in this home realized it was time to give themselves a wonderful treat and update their bath into a retreat. With Calcutta gold porcelain tiles, mushroom brown vanity and shower pan, and punched with a blush ceiling. Which creates a wonderful warm glow to everything.
33A Ridge: Bathroom 33A Ridge: Bathroom A remodel of this 5x7 standard 1937 Greenbelt Homes bathroom. The homeowner what something classic and really wanted some type of border. We selected this beautiful classic white and grey marble mosaic with 1/2" grey marble semi-rounded pencil trim.
2J Northway Pre-Sales Prep 2J Northway: Pre Sales Prep 2J Northway is a neighbor of ours. After the loss of its owner, the family contracted Be Smart Homes to refresh and prep the house to go on the market. Our task was to refresh this 80-year-old home, to highlight the architectural beauty while downplaying the 80 years of life.
10A Hillside: Pre-Sales Prep 10A Hillside: Pre-Sales Prep So the homeowner of this GHI home in Greenbelt, MD had already moved months earlier but left many odds and ends. Our mission was to create a light, bright and sharp palette for buyers to see how wonderful this 3 bedroom home could be. With a limited budget, we picked and choose the most important and affordable improvements that would make the biggest impact.
4H Laural: Pre-Sales Prep 4H Laural: Pre-Sales Prep 4H Laural first contracted Be Smart Homes to design a new bathroom for their GHI framed home. We were glad too. As soon as we finished the design and ready to contract with our contractor, life moved on. In this case to Florida. So now instead of updating, we were going to get the home ready for the market. The homeowners opted for our "Honey Do" report which put a lot of the choice and work on their shoulders. With guidance and a bit of help from us, they sold their house in a week after going on the market.
2B Northway 2B Northway:Pre Sales Prep So it looks like I am slowly going to be making over my entire court. This is the 5th house out of 10 that I have transformed. This wonderful house was owned by a neighbor that after 30 years in the home and at 94 years old finally moved into a retirement community. It was sad to see her move but I was glad to know that she would have new friends and people around to keep her company. That left the house to be managed by her grandson, who turned to Be Smart Homes to help turn a house stuck in the 80's to one today's buyers would want. He was thrilled with the results, and I think you will too.
9J Research 9J Research: Post Purchase Update This was a new home for its home owner but it needed a little love. The seller really should have called us, but they didn't. Good for the new owner as she was able to pick out new paint colors, bathroom textures and fixtures, and get a new first floor.
16th Ave 16th Ave: Full House Design This 1958 mid-century ranch was a mess when our clients purchased the property in 2005. We worked with the owners a few times over the 9 years they owned this property. First, we came in a cleaned out the funky, dirty, and old feeling this house had. Addressing the yard, pool, patio, flooring, wall colors, and outdated kitchen. The last time we worked on this house was so the owners could move and rent this house. There was a bidding war!
10A Hillside: Addition Remodel 10A Hillside Addition Remodel After working on this house for the last owner, the new owner loved what we did and asked us to design out their enclosed garage and add a 1/2 bath.

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