Thanks for tuning in to episode 19 of From the Nest Podcast!
Post Mortem on Drummond Flip House:
We did it! 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.
Here is what we updated on the exterior of the home:
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 repoured! I didn’t realize that this could not be complete until warmer months, the earliest quote I got was for May.
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.
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.
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.
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
New soft close cabinets with hidden trash can
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.
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
“Mud room” bench & hooks
Adding bench and hooks to the left for mudroom storage
Wallpaper installation for the element of surprise
First Floor Bathroom:
Not much was needed in here:
New sink (old one could not be salvaged)
New shower head and faucet handles
First Floor Bedroom:
Repair cracks and hole in ceiling
Second Floor Bathroom:
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
Recessed lighting, sconces and fan
Added air vent for new HVAC system
Sooo basically none of my plans came to fruition in the backyard since I ran out of money! After removing 6 trees, I didn’t have the funds to landscape, add a fence or add a deck but it is a clean slate for the new homeowners!
This is the not so glamorous stuff but is SO IMPORTANT!
New HVAC - moved from the crawl space to under the stairs so that it is easily accessible. Brand new AC unit was installed outside
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!
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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