A Growing Family Gets Help

To get a cute 1950s ranch-style home ready for sale, the Designed to Sell team has to tone down the color and remove the clutter.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis couple needs to sell their ranch house to find a home that better accommodates their growing family.
Homeowners Jean and David Connelly have a beautiful baby girl named Lauren. They are hoping one day she’ll have some siblings. To get ready for their growing family, the couple has decided to sell their 1950s ranch home and move to a bigger place. Located in the booming suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, the home should be an easy sale with its hardwood floors, formal dining room and extra bedroom.

Real estate expert Terry Haas is on hand to provide her professional opinion. She gets a good first impression from the neighborhood and the home’s attractive ranch-style exterior. Inside, she likes the architectural details in the dining room, but the very blue walls, ugly accordion door and cheap-looking blinds overshadow all that is good. The spare bedroom is full of clutter. Haas advises to clean up the space and make it a guest room and not a storage room. Haas thinks the bathroom looks half-finished. The blue floor and wall tile looks great, but the sink and vanity are atrocious.

Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Haas’s comments and has a $2,000 design plan that will have these homeowners in a bigger, more family-friendly house very soon.

Step 1: In the dining room, tone down the walls, replace the door and upgrade the window treatments.
Step 2: Declutter the guest room and make it an inviting sanctuary.

Step 3: Finish remodeling the bathroom by updating the sink and vanity.

Contractors John Allen and Matt Steele are the talented duo who will get the job done.