Unsellable Houses

Nest Egg Reno

Season 2, Episode 5

We couldn’t get enough of the coastal vibes on this episode!

This week, we dove into an Arlington home that really needed to get full price but wasn’t attracting any offers. When we walked in, we immediately knew we needed to open up the main living area and help buyers see the options in the house.

A rambler with 1,500 square feet has the potential to attract a few different types of buyers, including first time homeowners and retirees, so we wanted to design a space that appealed well to both demographics. 

The answer: coastal. Take a look! 

Colors, Patterns, & Texture Inspos

We leaned into cool colors to create a chill, relaxing space. Gray walls created a neutral foundation for the home, then blues and greens added a classic seaside feel. We decorated with accents of distressed wood and hand stamped stoneware to complete the look!

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Favorite DIY Project: Fireplace Surround

The fireplace is a natural opportunity to create a gorgeous focal point within a house. Here, we took some beachy Floor & Decor tile and mixed it with some distressed shiplap to create a coastal style fireplace surround. We completed the look with a weathered and stained mantle repurposed from an old post. 

The result was cozy and stunning!

Matt’s Take

This was a super special episode since Matt, one of our amazing Lamb Real Estate agents, was our general contractor on all the renovations! 

Here’s his perspective on this remodel: 

By removing the short pony walls and adjoining pillars that defined the dining area, Lyndsay and Leslie really showed the value and opportunity inherent in homes that have included these structurally insignificant and aesthetically questionable features. 

When this house was designed, the modern open floor plan was not the rage. The architect even felt compelled to add this feature to define the eating space. Yet what it did was not just define the eating space but actually enclose and limit its use, while at the same time creating a bit of an eye sore! Which is the ultimate fail when comparing “form vs function” because both suffered!

When Lyndsay and Leslie removed this feature with relatively little impact on the budget, they created a flexible dining area that could serve a family of four, or the entire crew on Thanksgiving…while also creating an easy flow from front living area to back. What a win!

Aww! Thanks, Matt!

Featured Finds

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See ya back on HGTV next Tuesday at 9PM ET/PT!