Preparing an Open HouseThe Roth family is ready to sell their place, but they don't feel they can do it on their own. They turn to the Designed to Sell team of experts to help them turn a big profit on this small house.
Real estate expert Donna Freeman begins her assessment with the exterior, nothing that it is cozy but needs a little work. Inside, she finds that the living and family rooms are cluttered, and the sole bathroom--which is a bold black and white--is in bad shape. There's also a room that appears to have no specific purpose.
Next up is designer Lisa LaPorta, who lays out a plan to get everything spruced up before the open house. She intends to focus on the family room, catchall room and bathroom. Here's how:
Step 1: Scrub a dub dub. Wipe dingy areas clean to make them sparkle at the open house.
Step 2: Bing-bang-boom! Demolish features that make spaces look small to buyers.
Step 3: Heave ho. Clear away the clutter that's blocking the way to offers.
Helping LaPorta seek out the value are carpenters Steve Hanneman, Brooks Utley and Adam Hughes.
Before: No Defining SpaceFamily Room
Before: This family room was undefined, unfinished and full of clutter--including a dog kennel! Plus, the light fixture was way out of date, and the carpet was stained in spots.
After: Clean and UpdatedAfter: Contemporary furniture pieces and accessories, bright window treatments, fresh paint and new lighting and carpet have turned this space from rags to real-estate riches!
Before: Stuffed Small SpaceBathroom
Before: The bathroom was simply awful, according to Freeman. There was mold on the wall, the shower curtain was shabby, and the black tub was peeling.
After: Fresh New SpaceAfter: Now, the new toilet and vanity give it a clean stylish look, and the freshly painted walls and white trim (which was black!) turn it from a liability to asset.
And what about that catchall room?
LaPorta decided to cover the hardwood floors with carpet because they were in bad need of repair. She gave it definition by setting it up as a home office to maximize the square footage.
bathroom upgrades $557
building materials $150
paint and supplies $60
Products from the Coaster Company:
coffee and side tables for family room, 7309
desk and chair for office, 5930
Products from Lowe's:
Berber carpet and installation for family room and office, Saddle style, 141779
three Portfolio lamps, 60121 (two for family room and one for the office)
4" chrome faucet for bathroom, Peerless, P99673-L
toilet Jacuzzi's Perfecta, BN31-959
shower-curtain rod, 27463
Portfolio bathroom light fixture, 251754
paint for office, Olympic's Sprig of Ivy, D68-3
bathroom paint, Olympic's Secret Passage, D58-2
Products from The Home Depot:
family room chandelier, Progress brand's Heirloom model, P4008-88
Pegasus sink, vanity and mirror set for bathroom, HDV22 Euro Style Bath
paint for family room, Ralph Lauren's Tangier Island, NA05
Products from Ross:
twill drapery panels and cushion covers for family room, Cinnamon, 406408607458
Product from Jo Ann Fabrics:
shower-curtain fabric, 1849801
Product from HomeGoods:
polished-chrome toilet-paper holder, 133029