Revived Ranch Home

A ho-hum home gets some-needed pizzazz from the Design to Sell team in order to get it market-ready.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis family needs a little help as they try to sell their large ranch home.
Homeowners Maureen and Darren want to pack up their three kids and leave their northern Virginia home to move back to Chicago. But before these Bears fan and their little cubs can head west, they need to sell their 1950s-style ranch home. Just 20 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., the spacious home should attract a lot of buyers with its five-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot layout.

Real estate expert Terry Haas provides her constructive criticism, designed to help these homeowners earn top dollar for their home. She finds the home's exterior warm and inviting and loves the red front doors. She likes the size of the kitchen, but finds the wood cabinets combined with the wood floors a bit too "woody." In the guest bathroom, Haas negatively comments on the outdated mirrors, Broadway-style lights and the mix of finishes on the hardware and faucets. Over in the master bedroom, she is appalled by the scuff marks on the wall and thinks the furniture is outdated, boring and drab.

Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Haas' critique and has a $2,000 design plan that will have these homeowners laughing all the way too the bank.

Step 1: Update the kitchen and add some color.

Step 2: Coordinate the bathroom with new hardware, faucets and lighting.

Step 3: Paint the master bedroom walls, and give the room a polished and sophisticated look.

Contractor Simon Ley and carpenter Lynn Kegan are at the helm and ready to get to work.