“Love It or List It” Designs a Whole New Kind of Home Office
On “Like it or list it”, Hilary farr and David Visentin Be aware that a lot of people work from home these days, so it’s no surprise that they have more than a few ideas on how to set up a home office.
In the season 18 episode “A Tale of Two Davids”, Visentin and Farr meet David and Married, parents of two children who quickly run out of space. With limited bathroom space, an underused basement, and very little work space, this family is on the verge of a move.
However, Maria still has hope for this house, so the couple give Farr $ 95,000 to fix it. Meanwhile, Visentin is looking for a new home that will give this family of four a little more leeway.
Find out how Farr is making this little house more spacious, and learn some great take-home lessons that you might be able to use as well.
Painting can create the illusion of more space
There are a lot of problem areas in Maria and David’s house, but the living room is not one of them. It is spacious and comfortable, the perfect place to relax with the family. Still, Farr is making some cosmetic changes, like changing the carpet and adding seats. Plus, she makes a big change: painting the walls.
When Maria and David finally see the finished living room, they say the space looks a lot bigger. Farr assures them that there is no additional square footage.
“It’s a complete illusion, of course,” she said. “A lot of it is just painting all over so that everything looks refreshed and everything is the same color on the walls. “
A white ceiling can make a room bigger
David and Maria tell Farr that they need a space for the guests, a desk for David, and more space for the kids to play. Although the house has extra square footage in the basement, this space is dark and drab.
Farr knows this basement would be more usable if only she could improve on one surprising feature: the ceiling.
She changes the lights to make the ceiling less cluttered, then paints the ceiling white.
“Everything is painted white and gives the impression that there is more height in the room,” says Farr. “It’s completely an optical illusion, but it feels good, it looks good.”
To complete the look, Farr adds a sofa that folds out into a bed (perfect for guests) and desks for the kids to play and do their homework.
A glass door can bring tons of light
As the new ceiling instantly brightens up this room, Farr finds another way to lighten up the basement. It replaces the rear door with a new glass door, letting in twice as much light. Plus, the new door adds a bit of modern flair.
“This gate has solved so many things,” says Farr. ” That makes all the difference. “
New tiles can make a small bathroom bigger
Before the renovations started, Maria and David complained that the secondary bathroom, which their children shared, was too small. Right away, Farr knows she can’t make the space bigger, so she decides to just update the finishes.
Farr gives the space a new tile with a long, thin shape, helping to make the space longer. She also installs a white vanity to make the space lighter. When Farr is done the bathroom isn’t any bigger, but it works fine. Plus, it’s sleeker and more modern, which kids will appreciate as they get older.
Enjoy a high ceiling and create a ‘loftice’
While Farr is able to make many improvements to this house, she struggles to find David a dedicated workspace. He’s not interested in working from the basement spare bedroom, and he doesn’t like Farr’s next idea of using the old laundry closet.
Fortunately, Farr finds a creative solution: build a small loft in the master bedroom. It features a modern black ladder and metal railings that give the space an industrial feel.
Of course, Maria and David love this loft office, which Maria calls a “loftice”. It is a great solution that makes the house unique and does not take up extra space.
“I’m going to work; it’s my commute to work,” David said as he worked his way up the ranks. “From bed to work, no traffic!
Do they like it or do they list it?
Before the renovations, Visentin says David and Maria’s house is worth $ 280,000. After investing $ 95,000 in a renovation, the house is valued at $ 400,000. That’s an increase of $ 120,000!
While Maria and David are in awe of Farr’s makeover, they decide to put their house up for sale and buy a bigger place with their profits. We’re sure a new buyer will love their loft ride as much as David did!