1929 Craftsman BungalowHomeowners Jack Vice and Amy Bolten are about to be married. They live in an authentic Craftsman bungalow in suburban Maryland. After the wedding the couple wants to leave the suburbs for the city life of Washington, D.C. The historic 2,500-square-foot home was originally purchased from a Sears catalog in 1929. It sits on a large piece of property and offers a lot of countryside for the short commute to the city.
Real estate expert Shirley Mattam-Male pays a visit to check out the home’s assets and liabilities. She loves the porch and thinks the bungalow’s unique history and Craftsman style add a lot of value. The rest of the tour doesn’t go so well. Mattam-Male says the guest bedroom reminds her of a dorm room. The overly-striped décor in the bathroom leaves her feeling nauseous with vertigo. She thinks the sunroom is awful. The sunny space could be used as a cozy breakfast area instead of a combination gym and storage room.
Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Mattam-Male’s assessment and has a $2,000 plan that will bring some original grandeur back to this classic Craftsman home.
Step 1: In the guest room, replace the dorm-room décor with furnishings that are more in keeping with the period of the home.
Step 2: Get rid of the stripes in the bathroom and update the fixtures and hardware.
Step 3: Repaint the sunroom and make it into an inviting solarium/breakfast area.
Contractors John Allen and Matt Steele are primed and plenty prepared to get the job done.
Before: Too Much PatternThis room is a perfect example of how too much pattern in a small space can be overwhelming. The striped wallpaper and shower doors give the room a confining, prison-like effect. This vertigo-inducing room left the real estate expert shocked and speechless. The shower-door frame cuts right through the windowsill, almost touching the glass.
After: Soothing Zen StyleBefore, this bathroom had a nauseating effect on all who entered. Now, potential buyers will be impressed by the soothing Zen-like room. New paint, toilet, vanity and rain-style showerhead add to the spa-like atmosphere. The striped, awkwardly placed shower door was replaced with a clear glass partition that makes the room feel more open and airy.
shower glass wall $500
bathroom appliances $583
light fixtures $84
paint and accessories $639
paint: Benjamin Moore - Soft Fern #2144-40 eggshell
Before: Cluttered SunroomA three-season room is a great selling feature, but not when it is cluttered with exercise equipment, boxes and excess furniture.
The guest bedroom (not shown) looks like it is filled with leftovers from college –– an old futon and a large bean bag chair.
After: Sunny SolariumWhen the Designed to Sell team started out, this room was a jumble of gym equipment, storage boxes and a forgotten bistro table and chairs. Now, this sunny solarium and breakfast room is an extra-added bonus that potential buyers are sure to notice. The window screens were all scrubbed and repainted, the dining chairs were re-covered and the new plants give the space a relaxing, earthy vibe.
Before, the sparsely decorated guestroom (not shown), sported only a flat futon and a bulging bean bag chair. A new paint job, an arts-and-crafts headboard and some period-specific accessories celebrate the home’s Craftsman heritage with grand style.
paint: Benjamin Moore - Hawthorne Yellow - #HC-4 eggshell
plants: Ikea -dracaena, palms and schefflera
ceramic pots: Ikea – Krukan #80079674
lattice cardinal decorator fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics - #6028955
teapot, cups, saucers and tray: Homegoods #429588, #185914 and #612084
toss pillow, chair pads, drapery panels: WalMart #067571607277, #002833240641 and #002659871598
drapery rods: Burlington Coat Factory #168-70014181
silk plant and plant stands: Burlington Coat Factory #908-69425765, #903-71296102 and #903-71296209
Guest bedroom makeover
paint: Benjamin Moore: Golden Tan #2152-40 eggshell and Benwood - Red Mahogany #6390
queen sheet set and bed pillows: WalMart #007665798992 and #002569500445
flush-mount ceiling light: The Home Depot #611728087701
suede comforter set: Bed, Bath and Beyond #84121207855