Saying Bye to a Bachelor Pad

An office gets transformed into second bedroom to appeal to more buyers.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis recently married couple needs some help selling one of their homes.
Homeowners Jim and Dierdre Naughton have recently married and purchased their first home together in Northern Virginia. But, before they can get settled into their new marital dwelling, they need to sell Jim’s bachelor pad. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, Jim’s suburban condo is an easy commute to Washington D.C. The two-bedroom, two-bath home offers a spacious 1,100 square feet layout spread over three levels.

Real estate expert Terry Haas arrives to tell the homeowners what needs to be done to get their place sold. She likes how the multi-level condo gives the illusion of a single-family house and she also gives big kudos to the second-floor balcony. Haas likes the color of the office, but advises that making it a second bedroom will appeal more to homebuyers. Boring and more boring is how Haas describes the master suite. The carpet and big closet in the bedroom are great, however, there is nothing else to lure a potential buyer. In the master bathroom, the white-on-white color scheme looks dingy and dull.

Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Haas’s assessment and has a $2,000 design plan that will turn all that is boring into big bucks.

Step 1: Repurpose the office into a spacious guest room.
Step 2: Add some life to the master bedroom with color, texture and light.

Step 3: Take the master bathroom from dated and dingy to cool and contemporary.

Contractor Simon Ley and carpenter Lynn Kegan are the master craftsmen who will get the job done.