Outdoor LivingHomeowners Susan Galvin and Lynda Peters enjoy amazing views of Chicago from their high-rise condo, but they miss not having outdoor living space. So, they’ve decided to sell their 1,300-square-foot home in the sky to buy something a bit closer to the ground. Built in 1970, the two-bedroom, two-bath condo is in a large building that offers lot of amenities, including an indoor pool, tennis courts and a grocery store.
Real estate expert Bethany Souza pays a visit to assess the home’s marketability. From the outside, she considers the place ideal for city living and the location –– across from the park and lake –– is perfect. Souza quickly changes her positive attitude when she walks into the home’s foyer. It is so dark, she says it feels like a catacomb. Souza thinks the mismatched furniture and the broken blinds in the spare bedroom are bringing down what could be a fantastic room. The living room has a great view, but it can’t easily be seen because the windows are blocked by furniture. Souza points out that in a large building such as this, there are always going to be other units for sale, so this condo needs to set itself apart from the competition.
Designer Monica Pedersen agrees with Souza's comments and has a $2,000 design plan that will make this high-rise tower above the rest.
Step 1: Brighten the foyer with a neutral wall color and new lighting.
Step 2: Add some much-needed sophistication to the spare bedroom, and highlight the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Step 3: In the living room, build custom cabinetry to house the large TV, and rearrange the furniture to show off the awesome view.
Carpenters Robert North and Chad Lopez have all the right tools and talent to get the job done.
Before: Bad Color ChoiceThe foyer provides a home's first and last impression. The real estate expert said this foyer was nothing but depression. The dark color and lack of lighting made her feel as if the walls were closing in on her. Small, narrow spaces such as this should be painted light colors to make them feel larger.
After: Light and OpenBefore, this dark hallway was more like a cave than a welcoming entryway. Now, the catacomb feeling is gone and potential buyers will get a wonderful first impression. The neutral walls and new track lighting make the space brighter and cheerier. New artwork and a runner on the floor add the perfect elegant touches.
built-in cabinet $390
window treatments $308
door supplies $14
Foyer makeover products:
wall art (framed fabric): LoomCraft Textiles - Eileen Rosemary 280956
frame for fabric: JoAnn Fabrics - 18x34 silver collage frame 7649387
plant: The Home Depot - hardy fern 651840111007
track lighting: Ikea - Cesium Ceiling Spt 80083529
wall art: HomeGoods - 333271
decorative plate: HomeGoods – 332349
Before: Obstructed ViewsThe spectacular view is what is going to sell this home. But it is obstructed with large furniture, and a large television on the opposite wall overpowers the entire space.
The spare bedroom (not shown) also has a spectacular view, but it can’t be seen because the window blinds are broken. Thus, when potential buyers walk into the room, they are only going to see mismatched furniture and a dated bedspread.
After: Free to RoamBefore, this room’s floor-to-ceiling windows were blocked by oversize furniture. Now, potential buyers can easily get to the windows to take in the beautiful view. The stylish built-in cabinet and shelves give the room a lot of storage and set it apart from other units that are on the market.
The spare bedroom (not shown) used to be the gathering spot for excess furniture. Now it is filled with coordinating furniture, a custom-made headboard and accessories that are all highlighted by a warm new paint color. Elegant draperies highlight the city view and let in lots of natural light.
Bedroom makeover products:
wall accessories: HomeGoods - 330204
satin coverlet: SteinMart - 15090749
throw pillows: HomeGoods – 044163 and 141830
fabric for window treatments: Loomcraft Textiles - Putting on the Ritz Cha 279511
egg knob, metal pole and conduit for curtain rod: The Home Depot
lamp base and side table: Fort Pitt Furniture Liquidators
lamp shade: Target – faux-white dupioni shade 074080133
headboard: T.J. Maxx - decorative fireplace screen 169033
paint: Benjamin Moore - 1074 Alpaca
black and white pillows: Wal-Mart - 080141842511
Living room makeover products:
fabric for throw pillows: Loomcraft Textiles - Annette Lapis 279500
art plant: Target - lavender art Plant accessory 078102827
orchid art: Target - modern orchid floral 065020110
lamp shade and base: Target - white hardback shade 074080179 and 074000338
wall paint: Benjamin Moore - 235 Oak Ridge
shelving: Ikea - Lack wall shelf 50011015
floor lamps: Wal-Mart - 005027689317
console table: Hobby Lobby
doors for built-in: Ikea - 18x24 Nexus door 24551407
glass inserts for built-in: Torstenson Glass Company
paint for built-in: Lowe’s - interior/exterior Gls Bse Paint 222138