Happy New Year! December was absolutely nutty with all of the holiday festivities, my kiddos being home for Christmas break and the laundry list of rental property projects! BUT - Thomas is back in school tomorrow and I am putting a lot of focus on the Drummond flip house these next few weeks.
Although it was a crazy month, we did get some tasks accomplished at the flip house. There were a few mild days (40+ degrees) and we took full advantage by painting as much as we could on the exterior. We finished the trim around the top of the house and it already looks so much better now that the chipped paint is gone! Because the windows in the home are newer and matched the current trim color, I kept it the same by having Home Depot color match a piece of the chipped paint. With the new roof and gutters, the paint is really making this house pop when you walk past!
I mean, how much better does this house look already? We were able to complete the garage door and got about halfway through painting the porch. Once another 40 degree day comes up we will finish the porch, shutters and the vent above the garage (vent and shutters will be black to match the garage).
This week I (“I” meaning my handyman) will be installing a new front door along with a back door and a new fireproofed door into the garage. The new front door is Craftsman style and has three square windows at the top to let light into the front entrance of the home. I plan on painting it the same dark green as the trim around the screens on the porch. Final projects for the front are a new light, address numbers and ideally adding a new driveway (budget permitting!).
I have also been thinking about plans for the front flower beds. I pulled down the ivy taking over the house and started trimming the holly bush but there is still a lot to be done. This is where I would absolutely LOVE my readers input. One of my goals when flipping houses is to make easy-to-care-for gardens that are beautiful and invite bees and butterflies to visit. I want to incorporate native shrubs and flowers and need some help picking out the plants that will work best in this area! I would like to save the holly bush even though it is a little bare on one side, I think it could fill out if properly cared for. The rest of the bed will probably be pulled out and new plants added.
So please, tell me - what are your favorite Toledo native plants that I should include at the Drummond Flip House?! Post your suggestions in the comments below. Thank you in advance for your help with my project!
And for your fun viewing pleasure - I found this old photo from 1955 of the house right after it was built. How cute is that little bug in the garage?!