HGTV.com
Click to Print

http://www.hgtv.com/real-estate/upgrading-to-a-larger-space/page-4.html

Upgrading to a Larger Space

A single mom gets help bolstering her small home's bottom line.

Liz Newman is ready for a change of scenery, so she's packing up and putting her house on the market. Her 3-year-old son, Ben, is nearly ready to start school, and she wants to graduate to a new school district. Plus, they have outgrown their current space since her mom moved in some time back. She enlists the Designed to Sell team of experts to help her garner more green for her upgrade.

Real estate expert Shannon Freeman starts things off when she arrives to evaluate the Newman home. She doesn't even make it in the front door before commenting on the curb appeal, or in this case, lack thereof. She notes a huge area of dead grass, missing bricks on the worn patio and a picket fence that resembles a pen for livestock. Inside, she finds a lot of square footage hidden by clutter and awkward furniture arrangements. There are good bones and potential here, but it's a classic case of clutter crisis.

Designer Lisa LaPorta seconds that opinion and takes it a step further by laying out a three-step plan for setting the open-house stage. Her focus will be on front yard, living/dining room and office.

Step 1: Grow a sale. Boost your home's curb appeal to bolster the bottom line.

Step 2: Boost the best. Eliminate clutter so your home's best features can shine.

Step 3: Scale back! Use minimum furniture pieces for maximum effect and maximum dollars.

Carpenters Steve Hanneman and Brooks Utley are on board for this project and start by demolishing the fence and removing the brick patio.

Before Living Room

The living room boasted lots of square footage, but the awkward furniture arrangement didn't show it off. Books, DVDs, shoes, toys and plastic kiddie furniture were littered about. What's more, the French doors and fireplace, spectacular selling features, were blocked by all that stuff.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

After Living Room

Before, this living room was a plastic playground, but now it's all grown up and sure to appeal to buyers of any age. The new furniture arrangement draws much-needed attention to the fireplace, and the bright red curtains accent that great view. Fresh paint and window treatments complete the new look with warmth and style.

Cost breakdown:

landscaping $976
furniture $414
window treatments $199
lighting $204
paint and supplies $70
accessories $137

Total: $2,000

Products from The Coaster Company of America:

six Skirted Parsons dining-room chairs, 190042
office desk set, 5930

Products from Lowe's:

Levolor drapery rods for living and dining rooms, black with scroll, 180627
office light fixture, Portfolio 4 Lite in Bronze, 139562
Berkshire anodized aluminum mailbox, 55151
house address numbers, 212613, 212647 and 212692
address plaque, 212599
soil, 49499
turf builder, 115065
paint for interior paneling, front door and windowboxes, Valspar's American Traditions Smokey Olive, 6001-2B

Products from Target:

drapery panels for living and dining rooms, Fieldcrest Classic in Burgundy Linen, 068032107

Products from Green Thumb Nursery:

white roses, hydrangea, Phormium Flax, ivy, sage, lantana, liriope, cyclamen, coleus, barberry

Products from The Home Depot:

#60 mortar cement for bricks
edging for exterior, 653488121301
Hampton Bay exterior lantern, 046335848429, model 759000
Behr's Pebble Path wall paint, 330F-4

Before Dining Area

The dining room sort of got lost in the corner of the large living/dining area. The dining chairs didn't match and also served double duty as placeholders for more clutter.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

After Dining Area

The new furniture in the living room creates a divider that sets the dining room apart from the rest of the large room. The dining table is turned lengthwise to take better advantage of the allotted space, and plush new chairs and a contemporary chandelier add elegance and style.

Cost breakdown:

landscaping $976
furniture $414
window treatments $199
lighting $204
paint and supplies $70
accessories $137

Total: $2,000

Products from The Coaster Company of America:

six Skirted Parsons dining-room chairs, 190042
office desk set, 5930

Products from Lowe's:

Levolor drapery rods for living and dining rooms, black with scroll, 180627
office light fixture, Portfolio 4 Lite in Bronze, 139562
Berkshire anodized aluminum mailbox, 55151
house address numbers, 212613, 212647 and 212692
address plaque, 212599
soil, 49499
turf builder, 115065
paint for interior paneling, front door and windowboxes, Valspar's American Traditions Smokey Olive, 6001-2B

Products from Target:

drapery panels for living and dining rooms, Fieldcrest Classic in Burgundy Linen, 068032107

Products from Green Thumb Nursery:

white roses, hydrangea, Phormium Flax, ivy, sage, lantana, liriope, cyclamen, coleus, barberry

Products from The Home Depot:

#60 mortar cement for bricks
edging for exterior, 653488121301
Hampton Bay exterior lantern, 046335848429, model 759000
Behr's Pebble Path wall paint, 330F-4

Advertisement will not be printed