The Flip: Status Update

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve filled you guys in on what’s going on at the flip.  Here’s what’s been crossed off the to-do list:

– Demo. Messy and nasty but also awesome and over.  (Read more about demo at the flip here.)

{ The master bathroom was a bit of a disaster during demo. }

– Framing. Remember all the changes we decided to make to the floor plan?  (Read more about those changes here.)  Well they’ve become a reality and everything looks fab.  Particularly the ceiling in the great room – I’ll tell you more about that in another post.

{ The ceiling joists for the great room were HUGE! }

– Rough electrical. All of the recessed lighting has been put in, electrical has been run (through the slab foundation) to the island to power the microwave, dishwasher and disposal, the jetted tub in the master bathroom has been powered, a new electrical panel has been installed . . . I could go on and on!

– Rough plumbing. The biggest plumbing endeavor was moving around the fixtures in the master bathroom.  The concrete was jackhammered out in certain areas, plumbing was laid, and then new rebar and concrete were put in.  Lots of other little things happened, too, but the master bathroom was the biggie.

– HVAC. Since we made some adjustments to the ceiling in the great room, the HVAC needed to be raised, and new flex ducts were added where necessary.

{ Yep, that is the HVAC system hanging from the ceiling above the fireplace in the great room. }

And here’s what’s coming up next:

– Raising the French doors. Remember those glorious French doors at the end of the great room?  Well, they all have to be raised at least 2 inches and reinstalled.

{ These are the French doors that are now part of the great room.  Trust me, it doesn’t look like this anymore! }

That is a lovely expense that we weren’t planning on at the beginning of the project.  The reason for doing all of this is that the French doors are installed on what used to be the covered patio – which means that it slopes.  Now that the patio has been incorporated into the living space, the floor has to be leveled out so that the new flooring can be laid and once that happens the French doors wouldn’t be able to open because they would hit the now-higher floor.  Make sense?

– More concrete. As I discussed above, the former-patio-now-living-space floor has to be leveled out.

– Sheetrock. I’m excited about this one – from past renovations, I remember that the project starts feeling somewhat finished once all the walls and holes have been closed in.  There will be 3 different crews taking on the sheetrock – 1 for actually hanging it, another for taping and bedding, and a third for texture.  Whew!  And I’m hoping that the cold and humidity from all this rain we’ve been having won’t slow down the drying process too long.

– Cabinetry. Eeek!  I cannot WAIT to see the cabinetry installed.  That’s the biggest “imagination to reality” transformation that I’ve been anticipating.  (Read more about the kitchen cabinetry here.)

– Flooring. I’ll be showing you pictures soon of the gorgeous (if I do say so myself) flooring that we’ve picked out!

{ If you’re wondering whether all of that fit into my trusty SUV, it did not.  And we’ve still got lots more to pick up. }

– Paint. That’s a big job and will take awhile.  I’m hoping I get another coupon from Sherwin Williams soon to use to pay for all that paint!

– Tile. I looooove the tile we’ve picked out for the master bathroom.  I can’t wait to show it to you!

– Finish work. Countertops (I showed you the bathroom countertops here), lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and all that good stuff.

– Massive cleaning. It should come as no surprise that construction sites are crazy dirty.  I’m guessing that buyers won’t be impressed by a crazy dirty house.  :)

– Staging. That’s right, I said staging.  We’re thinking of investing in a house full of (affordable) furniture that we can use to snazz up all of our future flips when they go on the market.

If all goes as planned, our flip should be on the market well before Thanksgiving.  It gives me heart palpitations to think of missing that benchmark, so feel free to send me good vibes in the hopes that doesn’t happen!!

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  1. christy says:

    OMG Liz! I am beyond impressed! Are you on site all day every day to make sure that they’re all staying on track?! I can’t believe how much you all have accomplished so far. And you’re so freaking organized – I LOVE it. What a gigantic pain in the arse about those doors! Argh!

    I can’t believe it’s going to be on the market so soon – totally awesome vibes heading your way! You can do it! :)

    We once had a drywall project and I couldn’t believe how the guys who installed it on the walls wouldn’t install it on the ceiling – wth?

  2. Lucinda says:

    Oh Liz, this is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the finished product.
    Did I ever tell you we finally had our patio done as a direct result of your inspiring post! That and a new fence and we have finally been enjoying our patio after living in our house for 13 years!
    Oh knows after touring this flip maybe I can get my husband to re-do our powder room!

    • Liz says:


      Oooh, that’s so exciting! I’m so glad that you’ve gotten so much out of your patio re-do, and I’m beyond flattered that the flip’s patio was your inspiration! Good luck on persuading your husband to tackle the powder room . . . :)

      ~ Liz

  3. Hi Liz.. I love reading your posts and following you throughout this process.. I’m an agent in Dallas as well so it’s fun to watch a local house be turned into something so special. Often my favorite part about working with buyers, is discussing the opportunities for improvements a property has. My next one will be a fixer-upper for sure!!
    Jessica McMurtrey´s last blog post post ..YART

  4. Meredith says:

    Looking good!! Can’t wait to see the tile you selected!

  5. Traci says:

    Check the Sherwin Williams website. There are currently coupons available good for 30% off through Nov 7. Also if you get the Sunday paper the same coupons were in the Redplum coupon booklet. Happy Painting!!!

    • Liz says:


      I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me, thanks so much for the heads up! That will be a huge help for the ol’ budget. :)

      ~ Liz