Spoiler Alert: We’re Building a House

You may have noticed that it’s been a little quiet around here lately.

But.  You guys.

Things are happening.

Before I get into the nitty gritty of what’s going on, here’s the quick back story – as you know, Jason and I have been flipping houses for 6 years now, and we’ve done 10 in all (not counting our own house and our two rentals).  We’ve learned a lot about construction, entrepreneurship, and real estate in general.  We’ve ridden the highs and lows of the real estate market, started a family, and moved into our 30’s.

We’ve always said that we’d like to build a house when the time is right, and maybe ultimately move from being flippers to builders.  That prospect has always seemed like kind of a phantom dream, one that you can catch a clear glimpse of from time to time but that just doesn’t seem quite real or attainable.  Maybe it’s one of those things that you talk about but never actually do.

But with the real estate market in Dallas picking up, it’s become harder and harder to find houses to flip – other investors are snapping up houses left and right, and homebuyers themselves are feeling comfortable buying fixer-uppers.  We are lucky to have found the houses that we did.

Back in February, Jason received an email from a wholesaler about an investment opportunity in another part of Dallas.  The house wasn’t quite what we’re used to working with – it was more expensive, more square footage, in a different neighborhood, and on a much larger lot.  Because of all that it wasn’t in our comfort zone, but after I ran some quick comps we decided to hop in the car to go scope it out.  Flips are hard to come by, so it was certainly worth our time to see if this house could be a contender for a renovation.

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Once we checked out the house, it was clear that the house was a disaster.  Not in the sense that it was completely falling down, but it had a terrible layout, bizarre construction, and had been neglected for a time.  We knew that we could sink hundreds of thousands into this house and it could still be terrible.  So, flipping it was out.

Then, Jason had a thought – could the lot alone be worth the asking price?

The idea terrified me.  The asking price was much more money than we normally spend – to be honest, it was more than we normally sell our finished flips for.

But, the neighborhood was killer, and the lot alone was worth the asking price.  Jason and I went back and forth – he is an entrepreneur to the bone and I’m very conservative, so we had some spirited discussions to say the least.

In the end, I knew Jason was right – we should buy the lot and build a house.  Get started on that dream of ours.  Jumping into home-building would be a scary prospect no matter when we did it, and this was a great opportunity.

So, we put in an offer below asking price and it was accepted.  We left for a ski trip that morning and scrambled to find a way to get the earnest money to the wholesaler (that was interesting), but it all worked out.

(Update: we are building this house as a spec house and plan to sell it when it’s completed – one day we hope to build our dream home, but not quite yet!)

We’ve owned the lot for exactly two months now.  I’ve been waiting for the “perfect time” to tell you what we’ve been up to but there hasn’t been one, and I’ve gotten tired of waiting.  :)  We have a lot of “behind the scenes” work to show for those two months, but we’ve yet to break ground.  To say we’re chomping at the bit would be an understatement!

at the city

So, that’s where we are right now.  I can’t wait to take you guys along on this wild ride!

Before + After – Our 9th Flip’s Exterior, Entry + Dining Room

Ready for the first batch of “afters” from our 9th flip?

I wish I could remember every little detail of this renovation so that I could give you guys a thorough play-by-play of everything that happened.  Unfortunately, most of the nitty gritty details have already fallen out of my head.  I hope these little recaps will suffice!

First up is the exterior.

Our 9th Flip - Before

The front of the house looks 80% the same, but the 20% that changed looks pretty good!

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

The biggest change was swapping out all of the old windows for new bronze windows.  It pained me to lose the leaded glass windows in the dining room and in the stairwell (to the right of the front door), but they just wouldn’t have looked right next to the new windows.

Here are the dining room windows as they were being delivered and then installed:

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

We also tiled the front porch with a slate tile, and ripped out the overgrown holly bush and replaced it with a few knockout roses.

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

Losing that bush made the front porch feel so much more open.  Oh, and I forgot!  We also added a new mahogany front door that looks pretty snazzy.

Here’s a better view of the slate tile as it was being installed:

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

Here’s the front porch all grouted and pretty:

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

The photo above shows the grout just after it was applied, and it dried a lot lighter, which you can see below.

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

The pic above is from closing day – it was a mad dash to get a few trades through for last minute fixes before all the paperwork was signed!

The backyard got a little love, too.  The brick wall around the patio was cute, but it was falling apart.

Our 9th Flip - Before

So, we knocked it down.  :)

Before + After - Our 9th Flip's Exterior, Entry + Dining Room

The patio was also cracked – we didn’t think we could spruce up the whole house and leave the patio looking a little less than fabulous, so we ripped it up.  :)

The concrete guys leveled everything out…

Before + After - Our 9th Flip's Exterior, Entry + Dining Room

…and put rebar in place to keep the new patio strong and crack-free.

Before + After - Our 9th Flip's Exterior, Entry + Dining Room

Seeing the new patio in place, I’m so glad we got rid of the old one!

Before + After - Our 9th Flip's Exterior, Entry + Dining Room

Inside the house, the changes and improvements continued.  The entryway was already a great size, but it was a bit on the dark side.

Our 9th Flip - Before

We painted everything a bright white which instantly brightened up the joint, as did the new Moravian star fixture which I’m a little obsessed with.

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

(We didn’t get professional photos of this house because it sold before we could list it – I wish we had!)

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

All of the tile got jackhammered up…

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

…so that we could replace it with hardwoods.  Doesn’t that just look crazy?

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

Along with the tile, the green stairs got the boot.

Our 9th Flip - Before

We added hardwood treads and risers…

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

…and the stairs instantly look a thousand times better!

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

The view from the dining room to the entryway improved, too.

Our 9th Flip - Before

The walls in the dining room were painted a light gray at the request of the new owners, and you’ve seen my favorite chandelier about a million times by now.  :)

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

While I love the chandelier, I will never love removing the little plastic sleeves off every.single.strand of shells.

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

For awhile, the dining room was the official “cabinet painting area”…

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

…but it looks a lot better now!

Entry, Dining Room, Exterior & Staircase - Our 9th Flip

Ignore that little sneak peek of the kitchen.  ;)

What do you think of the changes so far?

Our 9th Flip – “Before”

You might recall that we bought, renovated and sold our 9th flip during the insane summer of 2014 – I kind of thought that this house would never get blogged about.  Once the 10th flip got going there never seemed to be a great time to fill you in on this little gem.

But that all ends today!  Without further ado, here’s the “before” tour of our 9th flip!

Without a doubt, this house started out with the cutest driveup appeal of any house we’ve done.  I love those Tudor influences.

 Our 9th Flip - Before

The house is over 2,500 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and a great layout.  You enter the home through this large entryway, with a staircase leading upstairs on one side, the living room straight ahead, and the dining room on the other side.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Here’s the view from the dining room into the entryway.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Looking towards the front of the house…

Our 9th Flip - Before

…and into the kitchen from the dining room.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Look at this kitchen!  It’s huge, and already has a great layout.  And, although dated, it still looks pretty darn good.

Our 9th Flip - Before

There’s a giant breakfast area just behind the breakfast bar (there’s lots of breakfast going on here).

Our 9th Flip - Before

Just off the breakfast area is a little vestibule (so fancy) with a closet for brooms, etc. and then a little powder room.

Our 9th Flip - Before

I normally dislike having a bathroom close to a kitchen, but somehow the vestibule gives the bathroom some separation while still letting the bathroom be convenient to the rest of the house.  Or maybe I’m overthinking this.  ;)

Our 9th Flip - Before

Through the vestibule is the laundry room, and then the two-car attached garage.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Let’s head back to the breakfast room and check out the rest of the house.  You can access the sunken living room through either the entryway or the breakfast room (shown below):

Our 9th Flip - Before

Unfortunately I didn’t get pictures until after demolition started, hence the half-rolled up carpet.  This room is pretty dark, but I attribute that mainly to the wood paneling and the covered windows.

Our 9th Flip - Before

I really like the wall of bookshelves.  And I typically don’t go for sunken rooms, but somehow this works for me – maybe because it’s just a single step down to a single room?  Deep thoughts.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Here’s the view back to the breakfast room.

Our 9th Flip - Before

The backyard is  accessed through that open door in the photo above.  The yard is pretty large for this neighborhood, and has a great shade tree.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Back inside.  I somehow missed getting a picture of it, but there’s a little vestibule (this word is growing on me) just off the living room (opposite the breakfast room) that leads to the master bedroom and a guest bedroom.  I like that the bedrooms aren’t accessed directly off the living room – again, vestibules are fabulous for giving a “feeling” of privacy!

Where was I?

Oh yes.  The master bedroom.

It’s a big space that overlooks the backyard, and has a large, attached bathroom.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Hey hey, there’s the bathroom through those double doors.

Our 9th Flip - Before

See what I mean?  The vanity alone is huge!

Our 9th Flip - Before

There’s a second closet at one end of the bathroom…

Our 9th Flip - Before

…and at the other end there’s a door that leads to the toilet…

Our 9th Flip - Before

…and a 70s version of the current “tub in the shower” trend.

Our 9th Flip - Before

If you head back to the vestibule (admit it, it’s growing on you, too), there’s a big guest suite with the biggest closet I’ve ever seen.  This house has INSANE storage.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Here’s the little guest bath.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Back to the entryway.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Are you dying to head up these green stairs?

Our 9th Flip - Before

Ask and you shall receive.

It’s a hallway.  ;)

Our 9th Flip - Before

There’s a big bedroom at one end of the hallway…

Our 9th Flip - Before

…with a psychedelic jack ‘n jill bathroom…

Our 9th Flip - Before

Our 9th Flip - Before

…and a matching bedroom on the other side.

Our 9th Flip - Before

Head back downstairs and our tour is complete!

Our 9th Flip - Before

What do you guys think?  Did you think I was going to leave you in the dark about the 9th flip for all of eternity?

Before + After – Our 2nd Rental

It was so fun giving you guys the tour of our first rental!  I’m glad you enjoyed seeing some less dramatic and more affordable renovations – sometimes all you need is just a little prettying up, right?

Well, there’s more where that came from – today we’ve got our second rental all ready for you to check out.

This rental came up for sale a week after I had our second baby, and I selflessly volunteered to scope out the condo while Jason watched the kiddos at home.  ;)  (Can you tell I was dying to get out of the house by myself for a few minutes?)

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

The condo is a second-story unit in a small condominium complex that is close to the university – it has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, a dining room, kitchen and balcony.  The layout is great!  The second I saw it I really loved it. (And anyone that’s from East Dallas will probably recognize these condos!)

The only huge negative is that none of the condos are allowed to have laundry inside the actual unit.  Womp womp.  A washer and dryer shared by 4 units is just at the bottom of the stairs – not ideal, but not horrible.  A huge bonus, on the other hand, is that all utilities are included in the monthly HOA dues – heck yeah!

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

You enter our little unit through this foyer-type area – do you love the receptacle for faux plants?  ;)

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

A large living room is just on the other side of that divider, and it had some seriously hideous and discolored blue carpeting.  I think there were 3 or 4 different types of blue carpet throughout the condo.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

We had everything painted to within an inch of its life, added a solid top to the plant thingy, upped the brightness factor with recessed lighting, and laid down some hardwoods that we stained a rich walnut color.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

Please forgive the yellow-ish cast in all these photos – an architectural photographer I am not!

I know you probably admired the popcorn ceiling in the “before” photos above – but if you look a little closer, it gets even jazzier.

Our Second Rental - During - It's Great to Be Home

Glitter!  Shockingly, this is not our first run-in with bedazzled popcorn.

Yeah, we got rid of that.

Here’s another angle of the living room…

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

…and after.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

The living room opens up in to the dining room, and that doorway you see below leads to the two bedrooms and bathrooms.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

The dining room also got new paint and floors, and a shiny new chandelier.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

The back of the condo has the den and the kitchen – you can head straight to the den from the foyer, and to the kitchen from the dining room.  I think this extra little den is awesome.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

Paint, floors, new ceiling fan…you know the drill.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

There’s a large, covered balcony just off the den…(you can see it in the photo below)…

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

…and a little breakfast bar tops the opening between the kitchen and den.  I love that there’s a spot to grab a quick bite to eat or to hang out with someone while they’re whipping up dinner.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

The kitchen was just fine, but pretty dated.  There was floral wallpaper on the furrdown, curlicue woodwork, a stick-on backsplash, outdated appliances, and cabinets with an orange-y wood finish.

We kept the cabinets, but that’s about it.  We painted the existing cabinetry a soft gray (it looks blue in these photos – again, I apologize for my so-so photography skills!), and added a subway tile backsplash with shiny new granite counters.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

Here’s a better view of the kitchen:

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

And now it’s so much brighter!  The kitchen feels fresh and clean, which was the goal.  The herringbone floors add a little bit of interest and they’re one of my favorite details.  It was a bit of a trick to find double ovens that fit that tiny cabinet, and we had to cut the cabinet a bit in the end but it all worked out.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

If you head back to the living room, you can access both of the bedrooms and baths through this hallway – sorry, I don’t have an “after” photo of the hallway.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

See that trap door in the ceiling?  It looks a bit like an attic pull-down, but it turns out that the HVAC is housed up there.  I noticed this little yellow note when I toured the unit for the first time (don’t worry, that’s not my man-hand):

Our Second Rental - During - It's Great to Be Home

Awesome.

The A/C couldn’t be tested during our home inspection because of this issue, but we weren’t too concerned because we had learned that the HOA (through the management company) is in charge of maintaining all of the HVAC systems.  Yay!

Or so we thought.  In the end, we had a bit of a fight on our hands to get this thing fixed.  They told us that they would fix the issue with the condensation line, but that they would have to remove and replace the entire unit in order to do that because the unit was installed with extremely limited access – and that they wouldn’t cover the cost of removing and replacing the unit.  We would have to pay for that to the tune of thousands of dollars.

Um, no.  That wasn’t going to work.

Luckily, we aren’t the sort of people to take no for an answer, so we made phone calls and persuasive speeches until they finally agreed to pay for it.  Whew!

Anyhoo, back to the tour.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

There are a few doors off the hallway – the first on the right is a large closet, and then there’s a little jog in the hallway that leads to the guest bathroom and bedroom.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

The guest bedroom got the paint/flooring/lighting treatment and turned into a sunny little bedroom.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

The guest bathroom can be accessed from the hallway and the guest bedroom.  Other than being swathed in wallpaper, it was in pretty great shape.  The yellow tile was in perfect condition, and the cabinetry was just fine.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

We painted everything and added new lighting, hardware, granite counters and an undermount sink.  We reused the existing sheet mirror and had all of the yellow tile and the bathtub reglazed.  It turned out awesome!!

We’ve never reglazed tile before (only bathtubs) and I was impressed with how well it turned out.  We considered doing a darker color of glazing on the floor for some contrast (they can tint the glaze to match any paint color) but since the grout would also be glazed we didn’t think we’d like the final look.  In the end, I’m happy we stuck with white for everything and reglazing the tile was the perfect solution for this rental.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

On the left side of the hallway is the master bedroom and bath.  Hello again, blue carpet!

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

This was another easy fix – wood floors, paint and a new fan.  It’s amazing how much of a difference those simple changes make!

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

The master bedroom is a great size and has two walk-in closets, plus a little built-in vanity.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

Howdy, y’all.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

The vanity got the same treatment as the bathrooms – painted cabinets with new hardware, chrome sconces, and a granite counter.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

The master bathroom is attached to the master bedroom (yay!) and it’s a great size.

Our Condo Rental - Before - It's Great to Be Home

Fresh, clean, and ready for a new renter.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

I forgot to tell you the best part about this condo!  The complex has a great pool – we used it all last summer to escape the Texas heat, and we’re already looking forward to taking a few dips this summer.

Our 2nd Rental - After - It's Great to Be Home

So that wraps up the tour of our second rental!  We’ve had really good luck being landlords so far – fingers crossed that luck continues!

Before + After – Our First Rental

You might remember that last summer was an insane whirlwind for us.  We had another baby, finished a flip, bought and sold another one, bought and renovated two rental properties, and started another flip.

the insane summer of 2014

I sometimes question our judgment in undertaking all of these projects at once.  ;)

The rentals kind of got lost in the shuffle and were never blogged about (along with the 9th flip) – so it’s time to change that!  The first rental we purchased was a condo, and the second one was a single-family home.  For some reason I feel like talking about the house today, so let’s start there.

First things first – why we bought a rental instead of a flip.  Well, as you might recall, we occasionally send out mailers in neighborhoods that we like, scouting for anyone interested in selling their house to us.  The owner of this house reached out to us, saying that she liked our note and asking if we would take a look at her house.  Yay!  We loved the location of the house – it’s in a great school district and in a really awesome neighborhood – and the house itself.  So we bought it.

For the most part, the house was in great shape – and while you know we love to flip houses, this house was just begging to become a rental.  Quick cosmetic fixes would also go a long way towards making the house sweet and charming (and rentable), but if we wanted to resell this house we would have to put in some serious money, like for a second story addition or even just scraping the house and starting over.  Houses in this neighborhood are either tiny and affordable or huge and expensive.  This house wanted to stay tiny and affordable.  :)  Also, we’ve been wanting to start buying rentals so that we can have some passive income over the years.

So that’s why we bought a rental.  But now, onto the good stuff – the before and afters!  Most of the changes we made may appear small, but I think they add up.

First up – the front of the house.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

The brick was great, with no signs of foundation damage, and the existing color scheme was cute.  All it needed was a tiny bit of landscaping and some fresh paint on the trim.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

The house has a pretty classic layout inside, almost identical to our 4th flip, with an entry into the formal living and dining rooms.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

With a new chandelier, fresh paint and some recessed lighting, these rooms don’t look markedly different but now they’re bright and clean!

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

A pair of French doors (not pictured above) in the formal living room lead into the den.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

The room was in basically good shape, but there were pet stains on the hardwoods near the fireplace that had bleached the wood and created gaps between the boards.  I was afraid that the floors were toast, but our flooring guy assured me that they could refinish the floor and no one would be the wiser.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

Hallelujah, he was right.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

The kitchen can be accessed through those French doors above, or from the dining room.  Let’s head back to the dining room and check out the view from there.

The kitchen was a total hot mess, but it had the potential to be really cute.  All of those glass-fronted cabinets have a ton of charm!  The black and white checkered floor was adorable, but it was in terrible shape and was missing quite a few of the stick-on tiles.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

We painted everything, swapped out the lighting and hardware, tiled the floor, added new appliances, and upgraded the counters to granite.  I’m so glad we kept the cabinets since they are pretty charming, and the finished product turned out great.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

Here’s the original view from the other direction.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

(Note: I try not to post photos with the owner’s belongings in them, but I didn’t have another “before” shot from this angle.  My apologies to the former owner!)

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

Also, I’m kicking myself for forgetting to take a photo where you can see the gas range and hood – it’s just on the opposite side of the fridge, and you’ll just have to trust me that it’s there.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that the laundry is in the kitchen.  Having the laundry in the kitchen isn’t ideal, but there wasn’t another spot in the house to put a washer and dryer, so in the kitchen they stayed.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

However, if they were going to take up valuable real estate in the kitchen you can bet they were going to be put to work!  We opted to add a countertop above the washer and dryer for extra counter space.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

We crossed our fingers that including fancy new front-loaders in the rent would take the sting out of that arrangement a bit.  Luckily, that gamble worked.

The two bedrooms and bathrooms are all on the other side of the house, accessed through a hallway that flows off the formal living room and the den.  The first bedroom you encounter is the master.

It was dark, and I’m pretty sure the fan would have started slinging blades at us if we’d turned it on.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

With some new paint and hardware and a non-lethal fan, the master bedroom started feeling a lot more welcoming.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

It’s a big plus that the master bedroom has it’s own bathroom – however, that bathroom is TINY!  We expanded an identical bathroom in our 4th flip, but since we weren’t tackling any major renovations on this home that option was out.  So, we made the best of what we had to work with.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

The tile was in good shape, and I thought the wall-hung sink was pretty cute.  However, the medicine cabinet above the sink and the vanity light were heinous.  So, we switched out the light, painted, and added a sheet mirror to bounce around a bunch of light and make the space feel as big as possible.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

Just down the hall from the master bedroom, towards the front of the house, is the guest bathroom and second bedroom.  The bedroom had had a bit of a hard life and desperately needed a little love.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

After receiving the sprucing the bedroom deserved, the focus is finally on those great windows instead of the grimy walls.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

The guest bathroom was already pretty great.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

The retro tile was really cute and in awesome shape, so we really just added new paint.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

The bigger transformation is on the side of the bathroom that houses the vanity.  Those mirrors were incredibly weird and awkward, as was the placement of the lighting.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

We solved those issues with a giant sheet mirror (these things can be lifesavers!) and by consolidating the dueling light fixtures.  Those changes turned out to be just what this bathroom needed.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

The last stop on this tour is the backyard.  It already had a fabulous fence and a two-car garage, so we were happy campers.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

We just repainted the garage, mowed the lawn and called it a day.

Our Second Rental - A Single-Family Home - It's Great to Be Home

How do you think our little rental turned out?  Do any of you own rental properties?

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