April 15th, 2021

Small House Save

Unsellable Houses Season 2, Episode 3

Small houses can be particularly difficult to sell, especially when they’re dated and in a higher-priced market. That’s exactly what we encountered this week!

Our client, Marty, was eager to sell, but with less than 1,000 square feet of space and a price of $440,000, the listing wasn’t moving. That’s where we jumped in!

We identified the house as a great space for young buyers and first time homeowners. It wasn’t big, but it had a lot to offer with a great yard space, a detached garage, and a converted attached garage with tons of potential. 

We went after a trendy boho look with a dash of southwestern edge, and added a fourth wall in the attached garage to create a bonus room for entertaining—that’s a big win for a small house!

Here’s some more details behind the design…

Colors, Patterns, & Texture Inspos

We knew we wanted to lean into boho design with a flare of southwestern in this home. We started with a neutral base (shoutout to our beloved Spare White paint!), then played with a fun mix of warm and cool colors and textures. The result was a super cool home filled with tons of personality!

Key Updates

  • Convert the attached garage into a bonus room, adding extra square footage to the house!
  • Getting creative with floor tiles in the bathroom to make the wall tiles feel modern.
  • Reconfigure kitchen to maximize space and efficiency.
  • Boho staging throughout!

Favorite DIY Project: Abstract Wall 

With younger buyers in mind, we chose to stage the second bedroom as an office. Paint is one of the simplest, most cost effective ways to add new life to a tired space. 

Here, we decided to add artsy energy with colorful circles and blobs on the walls. The project was super easy and added tons of interest to the house. It was so fun!

Follow us on Pinterest for more of our project inspos!

JL Remodeling’s Take

JL Remodeling is our hero when it comes to renovations! Here’s what they thought about the process…

This is a home where we really needed to maximize square footage and stay budget conscious. Enclosing the garage added space and value to the home. Leaving the exterior un-touched helped achieve this without exceeding the budget.

In the kitchen, we moved the refrigerator and added a pantry cabinet to an un-utilized wall and moved the range out of the corner. Without expanding the footprint of the room we added functionality and maximized the space. 

 Keeping the wall tile and existing tub in the bathroom saved thousands. Cast iron tubs are difficult and costly to remove and replace. Refinishing a tub saves on money and resources and the end product is fantastic!

We were able to access the tub and shower fixtures from the back by cutting through the wall so that they could be updated. Patching and repairing that drywall was much easier and more cost effective than replacing a tile surround.

In all of these spaces, Lyndsay and Leslie added the style and wow factor that really pulled it all together! Another Unsellable success!

Featured Finds

You can find several of the items featured in this episode on our online store and in our Snohomish Storefront location! Check these out: 

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Key Materials 

You can see all of our great Amazon finds right here

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

Love,

Lyndsay