Trading City Life for the Farm

A couple gets help selling their city home so they can move to the country.

Attic Before

Homeowners Jill Patton and husband John Bean are ready for a change in lifestyle. They are selling their home in suburban Washington, D.C., and moving to the country to live on a farm. The home's location should make it an easy sale; the neighborhood offers suburban living in the heart of the city. The 2,500-square-foot house would be perfect for a couple or small family. There is a large addition off the kitchen, a spacious master suite and a finished attic.

Real estate expert Shirley Mattam-Male pays a visit to give the homeowners her candid advice. She finds the outside beautiful and very inviting. Once inside, the addition off the kitchen has her confused. She feels it would make more sense as a breakfast room then a sitting room. In the master bedroom, she loves the hardwood floors, but hates the cheap blinds. She also thinks that the room needs a fresh coat of paint and some sprucing up. Mattam-Male climbs the stairs to the attic and finds the extra square footage absolute bliss, it brings a lot of value to the house. But the floors are in bad shape, and the unfinished trim work looks shabby.

Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Mattam-Male's assessment and lays out a plan to make the interior of this home as wonderful as the exterior.

Step 1: Refinish the attic floors, and add some wall color in an effort to convert the space into an additional bedroom.

Step 2: Repurpose the addition off the kitchen into a breakfast room.

Step 3: Add some romance to the master bedroom with new paint, window treatments and bedding.

Contractors John Allen and Matt Steele know the design plan and are ready to get the job done.

The large skylights bring in lots of natural light, so it's too bad the trim and molding around them is not finished. The light fixture on the ceiling is in sorry shape — a bare bulb is the room's sole source of artificial light. The brightness of the space emphasizes the drabness of the wall color. A fresh coat of paint is sorely needed. The master bedroom (not shown), looks rather worn out and poorly maintained. The closet doors are off their rails, a chest of drawers is blocking the artwork on the wall, and the window treatments look ragged.

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