Kitchen BeforeHomeowners Nicolette and Jim Lawrence have been too busy raising their two kids to invest a lot of time in their home. But, now that they’re ready to pack up the family and move to Arizona, it’s time to fix the place up. Their cozy cottage-style home has a lot to offer –– pretty backyard, large galley-style kitchen and an open floor plan.
Real estate expert Shannon Freeman is on the scene to give the homeowners her honest evaluation of the home. She starts on a positive note, commenting on how cute the exterior of the house looks. However, Freeman’s comments turn negative upon entering the kitchen. The old appliances and dingy cabinets make her feel like she just jumped off a space capsule and landed in another decade.
Another big problem –– the washing machine and home office are crammed into the kitchen. Having too many functions in one room will confuse buyers. In the master bedroom, Freeman points out that there are no window treatments, mismatched furniture and a dreary-looking bed. The master bathroom also leaves a lot to be desired. The mold and mildew in the shower is enough to turn off any potential buyer.
Designer Lisa LaPorta agrees with Freeman’s assessment and has $2,000 to address all of her comments and concerns.
Step 1: Eliminate the excess functions in the kitchen, add a dining area, and update most everything else.
Step 2: Make the master bedroom feel more like a master bedroom by dressing up the bed and clearing away the mismatched furniture.
Step 3: In the bathroom, get rid of the nasty stuff growing in the shower, tone down the walls with a neutral paint color, and hide the personal items.
Contractors Brooks Utley and Steve Hanneman are ready to lend their expertise and talent to make sure the job gets done.
The old sink is grungy and dirty. The real estate expert thought it looked like a science experiment gone bad. The washing machine is next to the sink, and a computer desk is where the dining table should be. There are too many non-kitchen activities going on in this kitchen; potential buyers need to see the room used for its intended purpose.
Kitchen AfterThe washing machine was moved into the garage, and new open-faced cabinets are put in its place. The computer desk is annexed to another room, and the area is transformed into a small breakfast nook. A new oven, flooring, backsplash and countertop are much-needed additions that are sure to appeal to a wide range of buyers. The new French door highlights the backyard and lets in more natural light.
master bedroom $200
master bath $112
paint and supplies $74
Bedroom BeforeThe mismatched furniture, lack of window treatments and half-made bed don’t make this room feel like a sophisticated master bedroom.
Potential buyers always look in the shower; the one in the master bathroom (not shown) is grungy and dirty. The room’s color is also a turnoff — it is too blue, and the faux stained glass in the window is tacky.
Bedroom AfterNew crown molding and baseboard add architectural interest, while new draperies make the room feel bigger. To save money on bedding, the walls get painted a soft yellow to match the homeowners' comforter. A new bedskirt, shams and coordinating furniture complete the look.
Before, the master bathroom (not shown) would have given buyers the blues. Now, it is bright and cheery. New paint lightens up the room, and minimal personal items and accessories make it feel larger. Putting a skirt on the sink gives the room an attractive new color scheme. The tile and shower doors were scrubbed clean to make the room really sparkle.