Growing FamilyHomeowners Heather and Damien Holmberg have lived in their home for barely a year and already it is too small. With a 1-year-old baby and another on the way, they're going to need more room. They’re thinking ahead and looking for more space before it's too late.
Real estate expert Bethany Souza pays a visit to give these homeowners her honest evaluation of the home. Walking up to the home, she asks if anybody lives here. The tall grass and overgrown landscaping make the home look abandoned, she thinks. However, she is pleasantly surprised when she walks in the door to see a nice living and dining room. Her opinion turns sour again once she enters the kitchen. She refers to the space as dank, dingy and dizzy. She is confused by the sunroom. It seems to be part of the house, but the patio furniture and exterior window on an interior wall make the space feel like a back porch.
Designer Monica Pedersen agrees with Souza's opinions and has a $2,000 plan that will make this home a must-have for potential buyers.
Step 1: Axe the awful awning over the front entryway, and spruce up the neglected landscaping.
Step 2: Brighten up and declutter the dark, overcrowded kitchen.
Step 3: Clearly define the sunroom and make it flow with the rest of the house.
Carpenters Robert North and Chad Lopez are ready to lend their expertise and talent to make sure the job gets done.
Before: Rundown EntranceFrom the outside, it looks as if the homeowners have been away for a long time. The grass is too tall, there are weeds everywhere, and the shrubs are overgrown. Landscaping is not the only problem. The awning over the door is rusted, and the concrete steps are stained and dirty.
After: Updated LandscapeThe real estate expert called this front yard the blemish of the block because of its uninviting and neglected appearance. Now, it is a lot more appealing with its curved line of greenery. The crusty, old awning and storm door are removed and the home's original wooden door is painting a welcoming red. Concrete stain makes the steps and walkway look brand new. The straight-lined flower bed is reconfigured with a curved line that will draw buyers to the front door. The shrubs are whittled down for a more manicured look that shows off the home's beautiful, architectural stonework.
flooring and supplies $711
paint and hardware $206
lights and accessories $282
window treatments $191
window removal $67
Front porch makeover products
stair rail paint: Menards - glossy black Bonus spray paint
landscaping and mulch: The Home Depot
mailbox: Lowe's - black horizontal city mailbox 99209
front door paint: J.C. Licht Benjamin Moore - Red 096-22
address numbers: Lowe's - classic polished nickel 91154, 87020 and 85590
concrete stain: Sherwin-Williams - H&C Water Stain Deep Sandstone 163-1738
Wwelcome mat: Lowe's - 18x30 black wrought-iron rubber half circle mat
Before: Odd SunroomThe real estate expert wasn't sure if this was a porch or an inside room. At one time it must have been a porch or patio because there is an exterior window between this room and the kitchen. But now, it serves no purpose and just looks rather odd. The patio-style furniture and wind chimes also give the space a porch-like feel.
After: Cozy Sitting RoomBefore, the indoor sunroom with its patio furniture and odd window would have had potential buyers scratching their heads. Now, new furniture, carpet and window treatments clearly define this space as a cozy sitting room. The odd exterior window is covered in drywall and the whole is room painted a warm, buyer-friendly neutral color.
What was once a dark kitchen (not shown) filled with a dizzy mix of patterns and clutter is now a bright, calm space. The walls and ceiling are toned down with a bright, but neutral color. New floor tile in a more neutral pattern also helps make the space seem bigger. The cabinets are painted and modernized with new hardware. The exterior window that sat between the kitchen and sunroom is removed, and the recess is converted into a handy spice rack.
Sunroom makeover products
carpet tiles: Lowe's - Seasons Antico 239806
pillow: Stein Mart - Decprt Tapestry 16162455 and 16009474
stool fabric: Calico Corners - ticking striped fabric - Hylan Cardinal 3575679
window treatments: Lowe's - Bamboo 31x72 Rio natural Roman shade 44502
wall paint: J.C. Licht Benjamin Moore - 1522 Inner Balance
plate accessory: T.J. Maxx - 271949
pillow: T.J. Maxx- 416835
sofa, coffee table and stools: Fort Pitt Furniture Liquidators
Before: Too Many PatternsThe kitchen is a good size, but it is hard too tell because it is littered with too many busy patterns, dark colors and clutter. The mosaic wall tile adds some interesting character to the room, but the wall color above it is too dark and makes the room feel confining.
After: Calm and Sunny SpaceWhat was once a dark kitchen filled with a dizzy mix of patterns and clutter is now a bright, calm space. The walls and ceiling are toned down with a bright, but neutral color. New floor tile in a more neutral pattern also helps make the space seem bigger. The cabinets are painted and modernized with new hardware. The exterior window that sat between the kitchen and sunroom is removed, and the recess is converted into a handy spice rack.
Kitchen makeover products
vinyl tile: Menards - Classic Décor Vinyl Tile 16x16 7253303
clock: Target - 065094350
light fixture: Lowe's - three-light curved track bar w/frame 90240
cabinet hardware: The Home Depot - satin-nickel knob 10 pack/ 022788814112
paint: J.C. Licht Benjamin Moore - OC-95 Navajo White
wall paint: J.C. Licht Benjamin Moore - 955 Berber White
cabinet paint: J.C. Licht Benjamin Moore - 967 Cloud White
window treatments: Lowe's - bamboo 30x72 matchstick blinds
cookbook holder: Target - cast iron Home Blue 200000587