Bringing Back the Craftsman Charm
A historic, 1929 Sears-catalog bungalow gets some period-era charm to help it sell quickly.
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Real estate expert Shirley Mattam-Male pays a visit to check out the home’s assets and liabilities. She loves the porch and thinks the bungalow’s unique history and Craftsman style add a lot of value. The rest of the tour doesn’t go so well. Mattam-Male says the guest bedroom reminds her of a dorm room. The overly-striped décor in the bathroom leaves her feeling nauseous with vertigo. She thinks the sunroom is awful. The sunny space could be used as a cozy breakfast area instead of a combination gym and storage room.
Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Mattam-Male’s assessment and has a $2,000 plan that will bring some original grandeur back to this classic Craftsman home.
Step 1: In the guest room, replace the dorm-room décor with furnishings that are more in keeping with the period of the home.
Step 2: Get rid of the stripes in the bathroom and update the fixtures and hardware.
Step 3: Repaint the sunroom and make it into an inviting solarium/breakfast area.
Contractors John Allen and Matt Steele are primed and plenty prepared to get the job done.