Leaving the SuburbsHomeowners Steve and Wendee Goles realized how much they miss the city after leaving it to make a life in the suburbs. Now, they want to pack up the kids and move back to the hustle and bustle of Chicago. They love their two-bedroom, one-bath cottage home; they wish they could just pick up the house and move it into the city. But, that’s not possible, so the Designed to Sell team is here to help them get it sold.
Real estate expert Brandie Malay is the first to arrive to assess the home’s selling potential. She thinks the Victorian-cottage-style exterior is adorable. However, upon entering the home she finds herself at a loss for words when she sees all the clutter. In the living room, Malay thinks buyers will have a hard time seeing the home’s charm underneath all the mess. What was once a spare bedroom is now a passageway to the upstairs. It is filled bedroom furniture and even more clutter. Malay strongly advises giving the room clearly-defined purpose. She is impressed by the large square footage in the attic bedroom, but feels the slanted walls and low ceiling are preventing it from being anything other than a kid’s room.
Designer Monica Pedersen agrees with Malay’s negative findings and has a $2,000 plan that will turn them positive selling features.
Step 1: Edit the furniture in the living room and clear out the clutter.
Step 2: Add value to the home by giving the messy passageway a distinct function.
Step 3: Turn the attic bedroom into a master suite instead of a kid’s suite.
Robert North and Chad Lopez are the Designed to Sell team members with the all the right carpentry skills and power tools to get the job done.
Before: Slanted Kid's SpaceThis attic bedroom belongs to the two kids. Which is good, because the slanted ceiling makes it difficult for most adults to stand up straight. The large walk-in closet is right in the middle of the room and it takes up too much valuable space.
After: Tranquil Master SuiteBefore, the layout in the attic was awkward and full of wasted space. Now, it is has more usable living space and more storage. To get the extra space, the closet in the middle of the room is torn down and rebuilt in the back of the room. Then more storage is added with compartments and shelves built along the low sides of the attic wall. By staging the room as a master suite instead of the children’s room, the home will appeal to more homebuyers.
storage and shelves $867
paint and supplies $238
window treatments $78
bedding and accessories $432
globe light: Ace Hardware - 3020740
plantation faux-wood blinds: Lowe's
paint: JC Licht Benjamin Moore - 1445 Piano Concerto
bedding and bedskirt: Homegoods - 065727
pillow shams, decorative pillows and pillow cases: Homegoods – 117139 and 107467
pillow forms: Target
decorative pillows: Marshalls
pantry hardware: Menards - 2239328
picture frames: Wal-Mart
carpet: Carpet Exhibitors North
bench: St. Vincent DePaul
bamboo shade: The Home Depot
tablecloth: Supreme Novelty Fabrics
wooden dots used in border: Hobby Lobby
stools: Ikea - Frosta Birch 24286205
baskets: Ikea - 70028048
wall paint: JC Licht Benjamin Moore - HC-9 Chestertown Buff
chalkboard paint: The Home Depot - 020066118136
swag kit for hanging light: The Home Depot - 091421264164
canopy cover for hanging light fixture: Ace Hardware - 31387
socket for hanging light fixutre: The Home Depot
ribbon for chalkboard: Hobby Lobby
shelves and brackets: Craftwood Lumber & Hardware
round table: Craftwood Lumber & Hardware
Living room makeover
hanging plates: T.J. Maxx -natural wood-colored plates 358896
wndow treatments: Ikea - Lenda 20111974
pillows: Homegoods - botanical print 039531
paint: JC Licht Benjamin Moore - 632 Bridal Bouquet
sofa slipcover: Target - Kingston stripe taupe 067041002
pillows: Marshalls - brown silk
decorative pillow: Workshop - blue square
Before: Catchall Storage AreaThe unusual layout of this room is a challenge for anyone to stage. When this Victoria-era home was originally built, this room was probably a bedroom. Then sometime later the staircase to the attic was built and this room became a passageway. The homeowners use the space as a catch-all storage room for clothes and toys.
Real estate expert Brandie Malay thought the cluttered living room (not shown) would make a bad first impression and homebuyers would miss the home’s vintage charm.
After: Room With PurposeThe main purpose of the design team’s work was to give this room a purpose. Transformed into a library, the space now has an identity and a clear function. Bookshelves line the walls and plenty of seating provides a place to curl up with a good book. A round table in the corner helps with the flow and a painted chalkboard adds a super fun accent.
What was once an crowded living room (not shown) with two oversized sofas and lots of clutter is now an open and welcoming space. One of the sofas was removed and the remaining was dressed in a new slipcover. Soothing, sea-inspired colors and just a few cleverly-placed accessories will make an awesome first impression.