Busy Los AngelesHomeowners Meg Peck and David Keslick are anxious to leave hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and move to the laid-back lifestyle of Austin, Texas. But, before they go, they need to sell their 1,200-square-foot home. In the three years the couple has lived in the house, they have done lots of work to the home, including a kitchen remodel.
Real estate expert Shannon Freeman arrives to give her unvarnished opinion. Before she even gets through the door, she has a problem with the lackluster landscaping and loud traffic noise. She says she’ll need to be overly impressed with the inside to make up for the outside. But she isn't. Freeman thinks the living room is overcrowded with too much furniture and the guest bedroom is not very welcoming. But, it is the unfinished utility room that really appalls her. The messy, unorganized space is an eyesore, and it makes the adjacent kitchen look bad.
Designer Lisa LaPorta agrees with Freeman's assessment and has a $2,000 plan that will have these homeowners packing up and moving out in no time.
Step 1: Perform some hardscaping to make this house the most attractive one on the street.
Step 2: Add some drama and sophistication to the guest bedroom.
Step 3: Reconfigure the utility and laundry room for better function and more pleasing aesthetics.
Carpenters Deus Scott and Steve Hanneman have the muscle, knowledge and talent to get the job done.
Before: Nothing SpecialThis house looks just like all the rest on the block — there is nothing memorable or appealing about it. Because it is on a busy street, this home's exterior needs to stand out or potential buyers will drive right by it.
After: Quaint and CharmingBefore, this house looked like every other one in the neighborhood. Now, it is a usable front yard with eye-catching charm. The fence provides privacy from the busy street, while the custom-built arbor welcomes potential buyers. New sod, planter boxes and flower beds add inviting curb appeal and give the illusion of a larger front yard.
paint and supplies $139
laundry room $430
guest room $320
Before: Dull and BoringThe guest bedroom is dull and lifeless, which means guest aren't going to want stay very long. The room's mismatched furniture, lack of window treatments and barren walls aren't going to attract potential buyers either.
The combination utility and laundry room (not shown), is unfinished and unappealing. The hot-water heater is an eyesore, and it takes up a lot of space. Open shelves are full of clutter, making the whole area look messy and unkempt.
After: Pop of PersonalityBefore, this guest room was boring and uninviting, but now it pops with personality. The black-and-white décor adds a little drama, but it is still neutral enough to appeal to homebuyers. Framed photographs and a chandelier also help give the space a sophisticated wow factor.
The real estate expert thought the utility and laundry room (not shown) were horrible. The Designed to Sell team reconfigures the space to add more storage and less clutter. To make more room, the bulky hot-water heater is replaced with a tankless model. A closet is built around the washer and dryer, concealing them behind louvered doors. New shelves in the laundry closet and by the new back door entryway complete the project.