Small Town LivingHomeowners Kyle and Shaw Stafford are tired of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. They are moving to Austin, Texas –– a much smaller city with a slower pace of life and where the cost of housing is a lot less. With all the profit they make from selling their California three-bedroom, one-and-half-bath ranch, the couple will be able to buy themselves a much bigger house in which to raise their family.
To make sure these homeowners get top dollar for their home, real estate expert Shannon Freeman stops by to provide her honest assessment. She loves the home’s charming exterior and nice landscaping. In the living room, she notes that the homeowners broke the cardinal rule of real estate –– they are hiding the assets instead of highlighting them. The gorgeous stone fireplace, for example, is blocked by furniture. Freeman doesn’t have any kind words to say about the kitchen. It is so monochromatic, it makes her feel like she’s in an old, 1950s black-and-white TV show. In the bathroom, Freeman thinks there are too many conflicting design elements, and the tub is full of crud and soap scum.
Designer Lisa LaPorta agrees with Freeman’s statements and has a $2,000 plan that will get these homeowners the profit they seek.
Step 1: Rearrange the living room to highlight the fireplace.
Step 2: Add some cohesive color to the kitchen, and revamp the cabinets.
Step 3: Overhaul the bathroom and get rid of the inconsistent design elements.
Talented carpenters Deus Scott and Steve Hanneman are ready, willing and able to get the job done.
Before: Mix of StylesThis kitchen a mix of conflicting colors and styles. The earthy, terra-cotta-colored floor tile has an Old World feel to it, while the dark-gray countertops are very contemporary, and the lighter gray cabinets are just dull and dated.
After: Cohesive ColorsConflicting colors and styles made this kitchen a mess of colors. Now, all the elements in the room blend perfectly. Warm, golden walls and cabinets bridge the colors of the floor and countertops together. A new light fixture, window treatments and cabinet hardware all add a cohesive flair that is sure to sell.
vanity and tub $711
building supplies $345
lighting and accessories $157
curtains and rods $35
Before: Varying TilesLike the kitchen, the real estate expert thought the bathroom was full of conflicting design elements. There are various sizes and styles of tile covering the floor, countertop and bathtub surround. The doorless linen closet and dirty bathtub also left a lot to be desired.
The best features in the living room (not shown) are the beautiful stone fireplace and the view of the backyard. But both are hidden by bulky furniture and clutter.
After: Elegant Powder RoomThis bathroom used to feel at odds, unfinished and unclean. A complete overhaul has changed all that. New travertine tile on the floor and tub surround give the space a luxurious vibe. A custom-made platform was built to house the new bathtub. A furniture-style vanity with drop-in sink and granite countertop provides even more style and elegance.
Before, the living room (not shown), was narrow and awkward. Now, the room feels much larger, and it didn’t cost a penny. By rearranging the furniture and losing the big TV cabinet, potential buyers will immediately notice the beautiful fireplace and backyard view.