Earlier this year, a reader named Marci told us what it was like to have her cute yellow bungalow in North Carolina remodeled by Hilary Farr and her design team on “Love It or List It.”
Even though they were happy with the changes she made, Realtor David Visentin convinced them to sell it and move on.
They just put it on the market, so let’s take a look!
A House from “Love It or List It” For Sale
The Exterior Before and After LIOLI:
The Living Room Before:
Living Room Now:
The house was built in 1940.
Marci in the Dining Room Before Its Makeover:
Dining Room Today:
New Bonus Room with 13′ Vaulted Ceilings:
The house went from 1,270 to 1,609 square feet.
New Dedicated Laundry and Cat Space:
Bedroom with New Built-in Storage:
The Kitchen Before:
The New Gray and White Kitchen:
David wanted to convince them to list it…and it worked!
The kitchen seen in the closing credits of their episode:
The listing says:
“See the ABSOLUTELY AMAZING KITCHEN that features abundant designer cabinetry, solid surface counters, stainless appliance package (w 2 Fridges!).”
Want it? The house is on the market in Durham, North Carolina, for $385,000.
For more information, check the listing. Thanks to Marci for sharing it with us!
Read her behind-the-scenes story of what it was like to be on “Love It or List It.”
Thanks so much for the post! It is always interesting to see “real life” follow up to a makeover show. I remember the episode and thought that Hilary did a great job, but that ultimately there was just not house for the couple. Anyone remember what David estimated the house to be worth post renovation? Just wondering if his figure is close to the asking price.
Ooh, good question — wish I could remember!
I had the same thought about the price. David usually increases the house more than the cost of the renovations. The reality is that most renovations do not get a full price return on investment. In my area, square footage and the general shape of the house is the starting point. Having a designer kitchen will not raise the price much over a clean kitchen that is older but still functions very well and is reasonably attractive.
Carrie S G says
Did anyone see the original episode? Was there a reason why they needed 2 fridges? It seems like a lot of fridge space for 2 adults in a smaller home… Otherwise I really like the kitchen and the new space on the addition. Best of luck to the sellers!
I found a transcript online.
David’s orignal assessment: $225,000
Reno budget: $130,000
David’s final assessment: $375,000
The square footage was increased because Hillary put on an addition. I don’t know how much she increased it by – I didn’t read the whole thing. They said one fridge was for beer, the other for food.
Thanks for looking that up for me, Jeanne! You win the Reader of the Day Award. 🙂
sharon / tpt says
i mean, wow and wow with the double fridges? the kitchen is major. for real. and the living room is so simple, serene, clean. kinda feeling like moving, lol!!
I also have to question the need for two large fridges. The average couple or small family doesn’t need a second fridge for beer or whatever. LOL
On the other hand, two stoves or a nice double oven would be nice to have and more practical, in my opinion.
dee dee says
Thank you so much for the great before and afters! I know in my my area (Midwest) most of my friends have two refrigerators… one normally in the basement or garage. I just love the glass barn doors!
Alie B says
I would like to have known more about the actual experience this couple had with Love it or List it. The addition seems to provide a lot of extra space, so I’m not sure why the home is still not big enough for 2 people. Also, although the new kitchen is lovely, I didn’t see a whole lot wrong with the old one. Is David not the listing agent? I assumed he was always the realtor when the homeowners decide to list. Cute home. The front porch facelift really ups the curb appeal.
David may be a real Realtor, but he’s only playing the role of an agent on the show. Local agents find the houses for them to tour, etc. The show aired back in March, but they wanted to finish some more projects around the house before putting it on the market, so he was long gone by then! 🙂
Alie B says
OK, thanks for the clarification. Interesting….David has always made it seem like he was working alone. In fact, I recall him saying to Hilary “You have a whole team, and I’m doing my job all on my own!” 🙂
I have a feeling they needed or wanted space for a den or study that they don’t have now. But they could have turned the addition or the dining room into that. They had a kitchen big enough to eat in, so why save all that space, dining room and addition, for essentially nothing? Personally, I think they are nuts. Unless they are planning on quintuplets any time soon.
She runs a couple of businesses out of her home including a yoga studio and that’s why they needed more space.
Ha — no problem. I answer to both! 🙂
I would guess the two refrigerators are for Jewish Kosher food handling/storage traditions.