Room Transformations From HGTV's Love It or List It, Too
Designer Jillian Harris turns shabby, dated houses into beautiful, functional homes as she tries to convince homeowners to love it, not list it, on Love It or List It, Too . Check out the before-and-afters of her best renovations.
By: Jennifer Brake
Cramping Their Style
KITCHEN, BEFORE: This kitchen/dining room combo wasn't ideal for the homeowners, who liked to cook and entertain. The kitchen had minimal counter space and guests had to take turns eating to have a seat at the table.
Ready for a Party
KITCHEN, AFTER: Tearing down an unnecessary wall added about 200 square feet to the room, allowing eight to 10 people to comfortably get together for a meal. The color palette of warm-toned woods and light shades of green turned this uninviting space into an entertaining hot spot.
An Unusable Office
BASEMENT, BEFORE: This large basement was being used as a home office and storage area, which made for a lot of wasted space downstairs and clutter.
BEDROOM, AFTER: Designer Jillian Harris had the closet torn out and installed a decorative headboard to turn the unorganized basement into a relaxing master suite complete with calming accent lights and a new hardwood floor.
Bad Blast From the Past
KITCHEN, BEFORE: This kitchen was fairly spacious, but the wood cabinets and dark green countertops hadn't been updated in 30 years.
KITCHEN, AFTER: Sleek white cabinets, modern light fixtures and functional furniture brought this kitchen into the 21st century. The layout was also altered to improve the flow of the space and include an island.
BEDROOM, BEFORE: The homeowners were using this room as a master bedroom, but there was hardly enough space to maneuver around the bed.
HOME OFFICE, AFTER: The space that was once a small bedroom made a perfect home office nook. Some much-needed storage cabinets and a stairway to the home's lower level were also built into the area.
LIVING ROOM, BEFORE: Stark white walls, outdated furniture and toys everywhere made this living room more like a child's playroom than an adult living space.
LIVING ROOM, AFTER: Designer Jillian Harris painted the walls a warm neutral color and gave the old brick fireplace an upgrade with light-colored tiles. A coffee table storage ottoman keeps the kids' toys stowed away and everything looking neat.
Haphazard Laundry Room
LAUNDRY ROOM, BEFORE: This laundry room was an unorganized, catchall area that wasn't functional for the homeowners.
Simple and Clean
LAUNDRY ROOM, AFTER: By clearing out the clutter and introducing a simple gray and black color scheme, the laundry room was made into a beautiful and practical workspace.
Taupe and Copper Nightmare
KITCHEN, BEFORE: This confined kitchen was sporting old-school light fixtures and a tiled copper backsplash behind a tiny amount of counter space. The cabinets' L shape isolated the room from the rest of the house, making it difficult for the homeowners to keep an eye on their young daughter.
KITCHEN, AFTER: Designer Jillian Harris knocked out a wall and reconfigured the cabinets and appliances to create an open floor plan that extended into the living room. A stainless steel hood and black dining room table give the room a polished look.
Garage in Shambles
GARAGE, BEFORE: The space in this garage wasn't being utilized to its full potential because it had become the house's main storage area.
GARAGE, AFTER: The walls were painted a warm, neutral color and custom-built furniture was brought in to transform the garage into a useable, relaxing space. Closets were installed to hide the garage door and to provide organized storage areas.
Ragged and Run-Down
BEDROOM, BEFORE: Peeling wallpaper and mismatched furniture made this bedroom an eyesore.
A Place to Relax
BEDROOM, AFTER: A light color scheme and tall window treatments make the room look and feel spacious. The bed is equipped with a hydraulic system to provide hidden storage space to keep things organized and out of sight.
GARAGE, BEFORE: The homeowners referred to their barely standing garage as "wet storage" because of its leaky roof. With clutter everywhere in disheveled piles, it was only taking up valuable space in their backyard.
Detached Home Office
GARAGE, AFTER: The garage was converted into a spacious home office complete with two glass French doors, a skylight and the garage door hidden behind a storage cabinet in case the homeowners ever needed to convert the space back into a garage.
Laundry Drop Spot
STORAGE CLOSET, BEFORE: This closet created more wasted space than storage space and the family's laundry was left to sit on the floor.
STORAGE CLOSET, AFTER: The closet was removed and custom-built lockers were installed to keep the kids' sports gear organized.
LIVING ROOM, BEFORE: While there was ample space in this lower-level living room, the plain colors and old furniture made it look dull and dingy.
Comfortable Living Room
LIVING ROOM, AFTER: A pastel-blue paint color, plush couch and white crown molding made the living room an ideal place to sit and relax after a walk around the garden that's a step outside the newly installed glass door.
Dark and Crowded
KITCHEN, BEFORE: The bench seating in this kitchen made it difficult for more than four people to eat at once without being trapped in by the brick fireplace that sits in the middle of the room.
KITCHEN, AFTER: Designer Jillian Harris reconfigured the cabinets to the opposite wall so the homeowners could keep the fireplace but also have space for a large island. French doors open up to the patio and let in natural light to make the kitchen feel more open.