Jason and I have always looked forward to the day when one of our flips goes back on the market – you know, when the people that we sold the flip to decide to move on to another home. After putting so much time and money into the properties (not to mention blood, sweat and tears!), we’ve always thought it would it would be fun to see what changes the owners have made, how the renovations look after a few years, and to just reminisce.
Well, that time has come! The very first house that we flipped back in the summer of 2009 was just put up for sale over the weekend. This house holds a special place in our hearts since it’s where all of our flipping dreams began and our new career really took off. I quit my job as a lawyer just two weeks after we bought this flip, so we were “all in” so to speak. And luckily for us, it all turned out!
But enough chit chat – want to take a look at it??
The large, top photo is from the current listing, so that’s how the house looks today – the bottom left photo is the house in all of its “before” glory (i.e., how it looked before we worked some magic), and the bottom right photo is how the house looked after we renovated the heck out of it. Also, you can click on any of the photos to see a larger version.
And isn’t it amazing what an impact hardwood floors and widening doorways can have?
Ditto in the family room below – new paint and floors and BAM!, a lovely room is born. Gosh, I forgot until I took a close look at the “before” photo that the room used to have paneling! We actually kept the paneling in our last two flips and just painted it (you can see how those rooms turned out here and here) so if I could go back and do this first flip again replacing the paneling with drywall is an expense I probably would have skipped. Live and learn, right?
And I’m still amazed at how opening up the wall between the kitchen and den makes a dated home instantly fit for the way families live today.
Even though this kitchen was only the second kitchen we’d ever renovated (ours was the first) and probably I wouldn’t choose all of the same finishes again, I’m still really proud of how it turned out. The cabinetry, in particular, still makes me really happy!
And I’m sure you’ve noticed by now how utterly crappy my photos of this flip are. :) At least now I’ve learned to have our listing photos professionally done!
A few more detail shots below from the current listing . . .
And now the office. Wow, that space was sooooo sad when we bought the flip. Frighteningly sad. I remember we had to level out the floor (because it was previously a covered patio), replace the sliders with French doors, drywall over the brick and add hardwoods. That’s a lot to do to just a regular room (as opposed to a kitchen or bath where you expect to make a lot of changes) but it was worth it!
The listing photo of the jack ‘n jill bath is about a jillion times better than mine. I love it. Oh, and notice how the mirror is different? There’s a whole story behind that I never told you guys – basically, we had an open house and some nefarious person unlocked a window while they were cruising through the house and then came back to steal things. Yuck, right? They stole mirrors and the crazy expensive downdraft range from the kitchen, so we got to pay for two crazy expensive downdraft ranges. So fun! We learned from that experience really quickly and now we always (a) check all the door and window locks after open houses and showings, and (b) add alarm systems to the houses. An expensive lesson!
The master bedroom looks even bigger than I remembered! I’m happy that the hardwood floors still look awesome.
Their photos of the master bath put mine to serious shame. And I’m impressed they were able to get the shower in the shot as well – I couldn’t do that for the life of me! Anyway, I’m still really pleased with all of the improvements we made to this bathroom – it was blinding before we got hold of it.
A marble bonanza!
Okay, here’s where things get really crazy. My jaw dropped when I saw this photo below – can you figure out why?
Yes, it looks awesome. But do you remember how we spent the entire summer slaving away on that backyard? I sure do. I think I lost 5 pounds I sweated so much in the Texas heat, watering the new sod 3 times a day, mulching, planting the plants, etc. And how we spent a bunch of money to tear up the old, cracked pool deck (it couldn’t be salvaged) so that the new owners could have some grass?
Sigh. But I can’t deny that the new pool decking and hardscape looks great.
My jaw dropped again when I saw this shot of the back of the house:
Do you notice something missing??? They must have had to take down the pergola when they poured the new pool decking. Weep. I loved that thing
So these homeowners obviously preferred a hardscape over grass in the backyard, even though they have kids. I’m taking notes for the next time we tackle a house with a pool – obviously a combination of hardscape and grass would be the ideal scenario, but if you could pick just one what would you choose?
For more chit chat about our first flip, click here.