Let’s call this flip done, y’all!
I remember driving up to this house back in November when it had been on the market for mere hours.
I wasn’t sure back then how it could look after we tried our hands at fixing it up, but I had high hopes!
Here’s how it looks now, after lots of fluffing and puffing:
After a little consideration, the entire house was painted a medium shade of gray (Stamped Concrete from Sherwin Williams) with bright white trim – we painted the downspouts to match the brick, just like we did last time, and I think it makes them less noticeable. Here’s a tip – transition your paint from the trim color to the brick color right where the downspout connects to the gutter – some painters (like ours) want the transition to be lower, at the first bend in the downspout, but that winds up looking strange.
The front door was replaced and painted a watery aqua (Waterscape by Sherwin Williams) that I just love! I think it looks fresh and friendly.
The flower beds in the front got some love, too – yours truly wrestled quite a few plants indeed.
And I’m now obsessed with hydrangeas! I couldn’t resist planting them in the front and back yards.
In addition to painting and general sprucing, we also did a little construction on the front exterior – in particular, replacing the windows throughout the whole house and switching out the dated iron posts for simple, painted cedar posts.
You can see how paint and new windows transformed the side of the house as well (which is seen from the street since this house is on a corner).
The snazzy new fence doesn’t hurt, either. And do you also notice how the roof line changed between the garage and the main body of the house? That flat roof just had to go.
Onto the backyard. Here’s how it looks now. You’ll notice the yard looks a little patchy due to the new sod that we added, but it will grow in soon and look seamless.
And here’s where we started:
Yikes! The new roof line, windows, French doors and siding made a world of difference. Not to mention actually adding a door to that door-less hole in the garage.
And my new favorite hydrangeas make for a pretty view from inside the house.
The backyard itself had tons of potential but took a lot of work to get it looking presentable. Fill dirt, new sod, a new fence, grinding a tree stump… With each flip I swear off planting sod, but each time we have to do it! Oh well.
The backyard is really gigantic (or at least for our part of town it is) and I am ridiculously obsessed with the new horizontal cedar fence. I want every yard in America to have this fence, I love it that much. I think it deserves its own post, so stay tuned for that.
Wrapping it up with a few pretties…
And there you have it! The transformation of the exterior of the flip was a pretty big one this time – how do you think it turned out?
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