Moving to the TropicsHomeowners Alex and Melanie are leaving cold and blustery Chicago for the sunny Caribbean. He got a job offer in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. But, before they go, the couple needs to sell their century-old town home. They’ve done a lot of renovation since they bought the place two years ago. Now, they have to hurry up and get it finished in a very short time. Luckily, they have the Designed to Sell team to give them a hand.
Real estate expert Bethany Souza is the first to arrive to advise which areas of the house need the most work. Her first impression of the home is really good –– she likes the bright and open living room. However, her opinion quickly changes when she sees the tiny second bathroom. She strongly advises finishing this renovation, otherwise the homeowners will be losing a lot of money. The master suite reminds Souza of a college dorm room because it is so small and barren. Souza likes the size of the kitchen, but the mismatched stuff lying all over the floor has her referring to the space as a dumping ground.
Designer Monica Pederson agrees with Souza’s assessment and has a $2,000 design plan that will maximize storage, space and style.
Step 1: Add more cabinets in the kitchen then create an opening into the dining room.
Step 2: Make the master bedroom appear more spacious by adding storage and emphasizing the ceiling height.
Step 3: Finish remodeling the bathroom and maximize storage.
Carpenters Robert North and Chad Lopez know all the tricks of the trade to get the job done quickly.
Before: Junk-Room KitchenThe kitchen has a lot of square footage; it is just not being properly used. The corner of the room is piled high with construction material and all sorts of miscellaneous junk.
After: Neat and TidyBefore, the kitchen’s dumping ground would have scared off potential buyers. Now, having a wall opening into the dining room makes the kitchen seem bigger and brighter. New countertops, storage and a breakfast bar make it a practical space. Contrasting wall color in the kitchen and dining room add drama and new accessories give it style.
breakfast bar and storage $687
platform bed and bedding $314
art and accessories $260
paint and building supplies $381
bathroom shelves and vanity $175
window treatments $88
light fixtures $87
stools: Jo-Ann Fabrics - 8337917
bowl: Marshalls - 002986711
shelf brackets: Ikea - Slinga 70092505
cabinet: Lowe's - Hudson 132495
kitchen wall paint: Benjamin Moore J.C. Licht - HC-86 Kingsport Gray
dining room wall paint: Benjamin Moore J.C. Licht - 198 Cornsilk
window treatments: Lowe's Fruitwood Matchstick Bamboo shade 164100
light fixture: Salvation Army Thrift Store
polyurethane for countertop: Menards - 5558308
sculptures: Target - 065041519
fabric rod for dining room closet: Target - 068050278
cookbook holder: Target - 200000875
Before: Empty BedroomThe real estate expert said this room reminded her of a college dorm room because of the mattress on the floor, lack of furniture and bare-bulb light fixture.
The bathroom (not shown) looks as if the contractor left without completing the job. The room is so small; a few clever tricks will need to be employed to make it look bigger.
After: Understated Elegance