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Episode 19: Flip 4 Before and After

August 8, 2019

Thanks for tuning in to episode 19 of From the Nest Podcast!

Welcome to the Drummond Flip House! We have successfully (and profitably) flipped our first house in Toledo, Ohio. Today I am going to take you through all of the fabulous before and after shots and talk through some of the changes we made as we got deeper into the project.

Check out this post and this post, where I introduce you to the flip house, highlight all of the before photos and talk through our original plans for this sweet home.

Welcome to the Drummond flip house!

Exterior Before

The flip house before we completed any renovations

Exterior After

Here is what we updated on the exterior of the home:

  • New roof and gutters
  • Cleaned out flower beds, pulled ivy off of bricks & trimmed holly bushes
  • Painted garage, porch, air vent, shutters & address numbers
  • Brand new door

Here is what we DIDN’T do:

  • Add new landscaping – we listed the house when it was still quite cold and we weren’t able to plant anything. I know there were differing opinions on keeping the holly bushes, but I felt like they could be reshaped over a few years and they would look great. Also, they are a great place to find greenery to decorate at Christmas! Landscaping can also be tricky when you didn’t see what was planted over the Spring and Summer (we bought in the fall). I was told that there were some beautiful plants that bloom in the spring/summer and I didn’t want to pull it all out if there were great plants already there.
  • The driveway – This one was tough because it REALLY needed to be sealed or re-poured! I didn’t realize that this could not be complete until warmer months, the earliest quote I got was for May.
The flip house after the new roof, landscaping and paint happened.

Front Room Before

This front room had so much smoke damage. The carpet was dirty and the wallpaper needed to come down.

Before photo with old carpet and pink wallpaper
Before front room with pink wallpaper and dating window treatments

Front Room After

When we originally walked through the house, we thought there was hardwood under the carpet! There was hardwood in the dining room and in all of the closets, so naturally we thought it went through the rest of the house – WRONG!

It wasn’t ideal but we ended up choosing a great vinyl plank flooring option from Home Depot. We spent weeks removing all of the wallpaper, fixing all of the cracks in the walls and priming for the paint. Because the previous owner was a smoker, the walls were yellow and had to have an oil based primer over everything to prevent the yellow stain from bleeding through the paint. We kept the windows and the doors, however I removed the grid from the french doors to give the space a more modern feel.

After with new flooring, fresh paint and a larger walkway into the kitchen
After front room with fresh paint and updated front door.

Dining Room Before

The new dining room was originally the kitchen.

Before, the small nook was where the stove was placed in the kitchen.

Basically, we flipped the kitchen and dining rooms. We opened up the wall from the living room to the dining room and opened up the wall from the dining into the new kitchen.

In the new dining area, we added shiplap to the back wall for visual interest and a pendant light for the table. This house is smaller and I felt this dining nook was the perfect size for the family that would live here.

Breakfast nook with shiplap wall

Kitchen Before

Before the kitchen was tiny and located in the center of the house. We moved the kitchen into the dining room.

Before the kitchen was tiny in the center of the house.

The dining room would become the main portion of the kitchen

Before the dining room was a large space in the back of the house.
Before the dining room was closed off and dark with the green wallpaper

Kitchen After

After, the tiny kitchen was converted into a functional breakfast nook.

The plans for the kitchen/dining space were completely changed from what we originally decided when we bought this house. Check out this blog post that details the three design options we considered and how we came up with the winning design.

After, the tiny kitchen was converted into a functional breakfast nook.

In the new kitchen, we had to move plumbing and add lots of new electrical for the appliances, outlets and recessed lighting.

  • New stainless steel appliances
  • Quartz countertops
  • Soft close cabinets with hidden trash can
  • Modern lighting
  • New flooring
Large, renovated kitchen

After, we swapped the dining room for the kitchen to create more function for the modern family.

You can see both doorways have been opened up to give the home a more “open concept” feel while still having clear, designated spaces. We also kept the pantry (Chris loves a good pantry!) but just cut the size in half so that the opening into the living room could be larger.

Open concept kitchen and dining room

Laundry Room Before

Before the laundry room was dirty and had lots of space with no purpose.

Before the laundry room was dirty and had lots of space with no purpose.

Laundry Room After

After, the laundry room is clean, functional and pleasing to the eye.

I wanted to add an element of surprise in this laundry room and get people excited about doing laundry (if thats even possible)! It is also the main walkway into the backyard, so I wanted it to be pretty!

  • We enclosed the water heater inside a closet and added louvered doors to keep it to code (airflow is required). Now you don’t have to stare at an ugly water tank doing laundry!
  • We created a closet to hide laundry baskets and and store other items
  • New energy efficient back door
  • Installed new washer/dryer
  • New floor
  • “Mud room” bench & hooks
  • Adding bench and hooks to the left for mudroom storage
  • Wallpaper installation for the element of surprise
Laundry room with trendy wallpaper

First Floor Bathroom Before

Before, the vintage blue bathroom had lots of charm but needed to be cleaned and painted

Before, the vintage blue bathroom had lots of charm but needed to be cleaned and painted

First Floor Bathroom After

Not much was needed in this bathroom to make it a showstopper again.

  • Scrub clean
  • Paint
  • New sink (old one could not be salvaged)
  • New shower head and faucet handles
1950's blue tile bathroom restored

First Floor Bedroom Before

The first floor bedroom was filthy from smoke. The blue wallpaper and dirty carpet had to go.

Before. the first floor bedroom was filthy from smoke and the blue wallpaper and dirty carpet had to go.

First Floor Bedroom After

This bedroom is now clean with fresh paint and new vinyl plank wood floors and a new ceiling fan.

After, the bedroom is clean with fresh paint and new vinyl plank wood floors and a new ceiling fan.

Second Floor Before

Before, upstairs bathroom was dated and did not have a functional layout.

Before, upstairs bathroom was dated and did not have a functional layout.

Upstairs Bathroom After

The bathroom has an improved layout with a walk in shower and stylish features.

  • Removed current tub and install walk in shower at the back of the bathroom
  • Custom glass shower door
  • Moved toilet (new) closer to shower
  • Installed larger vanity
  • Tile floor
  • Recessed lighting, sconces and fan
  • Paint
Updated bathroom with walk in shower

Upstairs Bedroom #1 Before

Before, the walls were cracked and dirty, the carpet was old and the ceiling fan was dated.

Before, the walls were cracked and dirty, the carpet was old and the ceiling fan was dated.

Upstairs Bedroom #1 After

The walls are now smooth and painted a neutral color. The carpet is new and a modern ceiling fan was installed.

  • Added air vent for new HVAC system
  • Repaired cracks
  • Painted
  • New carpet
  • New fan
After, the walls are smooth and painted a neutral color, the carpet is new and a modern ceiling fan was installed.

Upstairs Bedroom #2 Before

Before, the second bedroom was dated and dingy

Upstairs Bedroom #2 After

After, the bedroom is fresh with new paint, carpet and a new ceiling fan.

After, the bedroom is fresh with new paint, carpet and a new ceiling fan.

Backyard Before

The backyard was completely overgrown with weeds and trees.

Before, the backyard was overgrown.

Backyard After

We removed 6 trees and pulled out the overgrown weeds. My backyard funds dried up after that and I was not able to add a fence and deck.

Clean backyard at flip 4

Systems Repaired/Replaced

This is the not so glamorous stuff but is SO IMPORTANT!

  • New roof & gutters
  • Replaced full HVAC – moved from the crawl space to under the stairs so that it is easily accessible. Brand new AC unit was installed outside
  • Updated plumbing
  • Updated electric (including an additional panel with spots still available)
  • Added airflow into the crawl to ensure it stays dry with little moisture

This house was so much fun to work on and I hope the new homeowners love it as much as we did! On to the next project!


Show Notes

Tips of the Week…

Chris: When waterproofing your home, take care of your gutters! Keep them clean and consider adding extenders to your downspouts to guide the water away from your home. We used this adapter at the flip house and purchased it from Home Depot.

Lindsey: Be aware of your paint cans when you are taking them out of your car! If they are in the back trunk, they can shift and fall out if they are leaning on the back hatch. I recommend putting them at the foot of the seats to avoid a can falling onto the driveway.


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