Home Improvement

Flip 1: Before and After Renovation Tour

August 8, 2019

Welcome to our first home! I recently realized that I never created a good before and after post of our first flip. We have so many wonderful memories in this home, most prominent is being pregnant for the first time and bringing home Thomas from the hospital and celebrating so many of his firsts at this house.

This is also the house where we really started DIYing, making mistakes and learning what we liked in our home.

Exterior Before

We could see the potential of this sweet home behind the overgrown ivy. I loved the front porch and picket fence around the yard.

Exterior of our first flip house before it was updated.

Exterior After

First, we pulled off all of the ivy. It is terrible for brick if it is not managed properly and was a place for little critters to hang out, yuck. We also did a complete landscape overhaul and painted the weather picket fence a clean white. Our grass was not looking so hot in these photos since it was the end of a hot summer and we decided to move on a whim.

Front exterior of our first flip house after it was renovated to sell.

The front porch at our first flip house. We painted the door, created a sitting area and fresh flowers were added to give this porch loads of charm.

Front porch at our first flip house once it was updated with a freshly painted door, a sitting area was created and fresh flowers were added to give this porch loads of charm.

Living Room Before

This living room was drab and boring. We wanted to warm it up and make it feel like a cozy cottage.

Living room before it was updated at our first flip house

Living Room After

We painted the walls a warm yellow (Clam Chowder to be exact), added a ceiling fan and painted the fireplace white.

Living room at our first flip house after renovations.

Kitchen Before

We honestly didn’t do anything to the kitchen except clean it up and declutter the counters for resale.

Kitchen before updates at our first flip house.

Kitchen After

Kitchen at our first flip house when we listed it to sell.

Master Bedroom Before

The master bedroom had odd, wavy walls that needed to be replaced.

Master bedroom before it was renovated at our first flip house

Master Bedroom After

We replaced the wavy walls with drywall and painted the room a cool blue.

Master bedroom at flip 1

Nursery Before

The nursery was dark and also had odd walls with wood trim holding it in place.

The second bedroom of our flip house before we renovated the space.

Nursery After

We replaced the walls with drywall and painted them a sandy cream color.

The second bedroom renovated into our childs nursery with new drywall and an inviting new paint color.

Basement Before

The basement was dingy and uninviting when we first bought the house but we were grateful for the extra living space.

The basement at our first flip house before we renovated the space.

Basement After

We replaced the carpeting, painted every square inch of the space and created designated areas so that each room worked for us. In the picture below you can see the little family room we created and the personal office for Chris to use.

Basement after renovations at flip 1.

Basement Bedroom Before

Like the rest of the basement, this bedroom was dingy and uninviting.

The basement bedroom was unusable space when we bought this flip house.

Basement Bedroom After

New carpet and paint really can do wonders! This was a great little guest room for us while we lived in the home.

Renovated guest bedroom in the basement

Back Porch Before

This back porch needed a lot of work. There was major drainage issues when it rained and the low roofline made it really dark.

Before the back porch was renovated, it collected rainwater and it all drained towards the house. The low ceiling made this space dark and uninviting.

Back Porch After

This was the biggest reno we did at this house. We essentially added an outdoor living room to the house. Our new back porch was an extended living space for the family. A new overhang was added with tons of head space and a ceiling fan made this back porch super spacious. The new cedar deck and flagstone patio made for the perfect entertaining space.

New back porch that became an outdoor living room

Back Patio Before

The side yard of our first flip house was useless. We needed to clear away the brush to create a usable space.

The side yard of our first flip house was useless. We needed to clear away the brush to create a usable space.

Back Patio After

We tore out the weeds and created a beautiful flagstone patio for outdoor eating. Chris created the rose garden for me on my first Mothers Day. We also built a picket fence separating the side yard from the backyard to keep the dogs in a confined area.

Flagstone patio & rose trellis

Garage Before

You couldn’t even see the garage when we first moved into the house! While I do love greenery, the already old garage was getting destroyed by the ivy creeping into every crevice.

The garage was covered in ivy when we moved into our first flip house.

Garage After

There is nothing special about this garage, but it is clean and maintained without the ivy and was a TON of work to get it to this point.

We removed the ivy from the garage wall to prevent further deterioration of the brick structure.

Thank you for taking a tour of our first home, it’s so fun to walk down memory lane!

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