Home Improvement Real Estate

Episode 19: Recap of Our First Flip House

August 8, 2019

The Drummond Flip house is COMPLETE and sold to its new owners! I am so proud that we successfully (and profitably flipped our first home in Toledo, Ohio). Today I am sharing all of the before and after images from our flip house. We had grand plans when we first bought this house, but with all flip houses, we ran into a few obstacles. You can hear all about our challenges below!

Drummond Flip House located in Toledo Ohio

To learn more about the Drummond Flip house process, check out our post where I share our renovation plans!

Drummond Flip House Tour

Welcome to our first flip house in Toledo, Ohio!

Flip House Exterior Before

The flip house before we completed any renovations

The exterior of this home has so much charm but it needed a little love. The roof was old and weathered, paint was chipping and the plants were completely overgrown.

Exterior After

The Toledo flip house after the new roof, landscaping and paint happened.

Curb appeal is SO important in real estate and I really wanted to make our flip house stand out. We installed a new roof and gutters, cleaned out all of the flower beds, installed a welcoming (and more efficient) new door and gave it all a fresh new coat of paint. The two big projects that I originally planned were replacing the driveway and adding more landscaping. I did not factor in the weather and so I really just cleaned up the beds by pulling weeds, trimming the holly bush and adding mulch. I contacted multiple pavers and they were not repaving driveways for another month or so. We gave the new owners a clean exterior and a blank slate for the flower beds.

Front Room Before

Before photo with old carpet and pink wallpaper

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

Before front room with pink wallpaper and dating window treatments

Front Room After

After with new flooring, fresh paint and a larger walkway into the kitchen

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! We also opened up the walkways into the kitchen and dining room to create a more open concept feel in the space.

After front room with fresh paint and updated front door.

It wasn’t ideal, but we ended up choosing a great laminate 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 french doors, however I removed the grid from the french doors to give the space a more modern feel.

Dining Room Before

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

When we bought this house, the kitchen was in the center of the home. We ended up swapping the kitchen and dining room to improve the layout.

Dining Room After

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.

Kitchen Before

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

The original kitchen was SUPER tiny with no workspace or modern amenities like a dishwasher. We decided to open the wall from the kitchen to the dining room and swap the rooms.

Before the dining room was a large space in the back of the house.
Original kitchen looking into the dining room
Before the dining room was closed off and dark with the green wallpaper
Original dining room looking to the front of the house

Kitchen After

This new layout makes so much more sense! The dining room nook is the perfect size for the new owner of this house and the kitchen is huge. The new kitchen has the coveted triangle layout for maximum efficiency. It has plenty of storage, stainless steel appliances and stylish details that keep with the style of this older home. It took some time to finally figure out the best kitchen layout, but I think we nailed it.

Large, renovated kitchen

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 original pantry (Chris loves a good pantry!) but 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.

The original laundry room was uninspiring and dirty – it is also the only way outside to the backyard. I knew I wanted to make this space beautiful and really wow potential buyers.

Laundry Room After

Laundry room with trendy wallpaper

The new laundry room is clean, crisp and most important – it is functional! Originally, the water heater was open in the laundry room so we enclosed it in a closet and installed louvre’d doors for air ventilation. Across from the washer and dryer I added a mudroom feature with a bench and hooks. For a fun element of surprise, I added this whimsical Hygge and West wallpaper. Finally, I added a closet to store laundry baskets and hang clothes.

First Floor Bathroom Before

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

The vintage blue bathroom on the first floor had so much charm but was really dirty and covered in smoke.

First Floor Bathroom After

1950's blue tile bathroom restored

Not much was needed in this bathroom to make it a showstopper again. I repaired any cracks in the wall and painted them a crisp white to compliment the blue tiles. We bought a new sink because the other one no longer functioned and scrubbed the tiles clean! I am a true believer that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I love that I was able to restore an original piece of this home.

First Floor Bedroom Before

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

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

First Floor Bedroom After

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

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

Second Bathroom Before

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

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

Upstairs Bathroom After

Updated bathroom with walk in shower

The new bathroom layout now makes sense and functions in the space. I used period appropriate tiles with the hexagon white tile on the floor and subway tile in the shower to blend seamlessly with the rest of the home. The bathroom is timeless while also offering homebuyers all of the modern amenities preferred today.

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

After, the walls are smooth and painted a neutral color, the carpet is new and a modern ceiling fan was installed.

The walls are now smooth and painted a neutral color. The carpet is new and a modern ceiling fan was installed. New homeowners can easily picture themselves in this clean and neutral bedroom.

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

Before, the backyard was overgrown.

The backyard was completely overgrown with weeds and trees.

Backyard After

Clean backyard at our Toledo flip house

We removed 6 trees and pulled out the overgrown weeds. I would have loved to have boult a deck on the back of the house and install a new fence but we couldn’t make it work with our budget.

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

I loved restoring this home to its original beauty while making it functional for modern families today. Thank you for taking the tour of our first Toledo flip house!

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