Cashing In a Corner Lot

A corner lot with two front doors gets redefined and spruced up for a sale.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis corner-lot house has two doors, each with house numbers clearly displayed. When the real estate expert came to visit, she wasn’t sure which door to go to.
Homeowner Greg Meeropol has been bitten by the Brazilian bug, so he’s moving to South America. But, before he can say goodbye to Washington D.C., he needs to sell his house. Greg has lived in this unique, corner-lot house for over eight years. Located in a city neighborhood with a rich past, the historic 2,000-square-foot home use to be retail store.

Real estate expert Shirley Mattam-Male provides her professional opinion of the home’s assets and drawbacks. Her first impression is confusion – this corner-lot house has two doors, so she’s not sure which one to use. Whichever one is the front door, it needs to be better defined. In the master bedroom, Mattam-Male finds the bright blue walls a bit overwhelming and the white carpet old and dingy. The color in the bathroom is also daunting – the deep red walls make the room look small. Mattam-Male also makes note of the dreary, distressed countertop and vanity.

Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Mattam-Male’s evaluation and has a $2,000 plan that will right all the wrongs.

Step 1: Clearly define the front door, and make the side yard more livable.

Step 2: Tone down the personality-packed, bright-blue bedroom and give it a neutral, calming décor.

Step 3: In the bathroom, paint over the lipstick-red walls with a neutral color to make the room feel bigger and brighter.

Contractors John Allen and Matt Steele know how to execute each step to make sure this homeowner gets top dollar for his home.

The wall by the side door is red (see top, right photo), which draws attention to the side door and away from the front door. To make matters worse, the entry to the front door isn’t very welcoming. The gate is plain and uninviting, the porch is cluttered with logs, and the ugly air-conditioning unit is clearly visible.