I know I still owe you an “after” tour of the second story of our 8th flip (and pics of our 9th flip, jeez!), but I need to skip ahead a bit and give you a tour of our 10th flip so that you’ll have a frame of reference when I ask your advice on a few more pressing matters. :) So will you forgive me if my posts jump around a bit these days?
We put a contract on this house the first day it hit the market and closed on it in early August, and we’re really excited about all of the potential that it has! When we’re finished with it, the house will have 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2 living areas, as well as a separate dining room and laundry room in around 2,500 square feet.
Here’s how the house looked the first day we saw it – pretty nondescript, with lots of brown and peachy-tan.
To give you a sense of the general floor plan of the house, I created for you the world’s worst, not-to-scale and not-very-accurate, rendering. Enjoy. :)
And here’s what all of that looks like in real life – the front door opens into a small entryway, which is shown below from the hallway. However, that hallway is going away – as I’ll explain in more detail later, that coat closet and the little hallway connecting the entryway to the bedrooms is turning into the master shower. (That brilliant idea was my mom’s, I can take no credit. Hangs head in shame.)
The doorway that you see on the left-hand side of the photo above leads into the formal living and dining rooms. We have big plans for this space – the formal dining room (shown at the end with the wallpaper mural) will be framed in to become a fourth bedroom, and the formal living room (with the bay window) will turn into the dining room. Exciting stuff, people!! (Or maybe just to me?)
Here’s the view of the formal rooms looking back to the entryway. Can you imagine a pretty chandelier centered on the bay window?
There is a long wall separating the formal rooms from the existing family room, shown below in all of its paneled glory. Do you see the doorway with the bifold doors? Well, that doorway is becoming a huge opening the between the “new” dining room and the “new” living room. Does that make sense? The two spaces are going to flow together beautifully.
The “new” living room has a gas fireplace with cool linear brick – which is about the only thing that’s staying. The paneling, beams, built-ins, fan, flooring, and even that exterior door are all going! (I’ll explain what’s happening to the exterior door later.)
That little doorway on the right leads to the kitchen, but that wall is being opened up dramatically so that the living room and kitchen have an open vibe.
The peninsula with the gas cooktop lines up with the doorway in the photo above.
And below you can see the opposite wall that backs up to the living room.
You can really see how the kitchen was laid out in the photo below:
Here’s the view looking through the whole space – at the far end you can see the breakfast nook, and beyond that a powder room, and beyond that the door to the garage conversion. However, nothing about this space is staying the same!
The entire kitchen is being shifted down to incorporate the powder room and breakfast nook (both of those things are going), and part of the “old” kitchen towards the front of the house is becoming a third bathroom that will connect to the fourth bedroom (which is the former dining room) – make sense? You guys helped me out with the floor plan here.
Here’s a better shot of the old powder room.
Next to the powder room is a door that leads to the garage conversion, a.k.a. the game room.
In it’s current state it is very unsightly, but we have big plans to turn this sucker into an open and inviting family room.
This is the view looking back into the house. Oh, something fun (sarcasm) to note about this room – there isn’t central HVAC, the laundry is located in here, and so is a water heater. And the remnants of an old, built-in drinking fountain. So yeah, we’ve got to fix all that.
There are, however, lots of great windows.
Want to take a look at the bedrooms? Let’s head back to the “new” living room, which connects to the bedroom wing through that doorway next to the built-ins below.
Oh looky, there’s the hallway. On the left-hand side are a full bathroom and then the master bedroom. Straight ahead is a guest bathroom, and to the right are two bedrooms.
The bathroom on the left is going to become the master bathroom, so we’ll wall off the access from the hallway (and there’s already an existing door from the bedroom). Currently, the bathroom is very pink.
The master bedroom is at the front of the house, and has a single, large closet – however, I’m a little worried that storage is going to be an issue in this house. We’ll have to see what we can do about that.
Here’s that closet, complete with tinfoil-wrapped shelving (???).
Here you can see how the master bathroom currently has access to TWO bathrooms – let’s hear it for having options. The door on the right leads to what will become the ensuite for the master, and the door on the left that leads to the guest bathroom will be walled off. The door in the center leads back out to the hallway.
Here is the tiny guest bathroom. We will be reworking it to have a tub/shower combo instead of the funky corner shower.
This is the view of the guest bathroom from the master bedroom (but remember, that access is being closed off).
A funky little seat in the funky little shower.
The second bedroom…
The closet and door to the hallway in the second bedroom…
The third bedroom…
And the closet and door to the hallway in the third bedroom…
Okay, now we’ve seen the inside of the house, let’s head out to the backyard!! This funky little area has three doors from the interior – a bit excessive, in my opinion. The door on the left leads out from the game room, the door straight ahead is from the kitchen, and an unseen door on the right leads out from the living room. We have big plans for this space – it’s becoming the laundry room and pantry! It will be accessed from the kitchen door, and the other two doors will go away. The laundry room will have access to the exterior, and can also function as a sort of mud room. I’m really excited about how this change will improve the function of the house (and get the laundry out of the family room). And my awesome mother was the brains behind this change, too. :)
That funky courtyard area leads to a great patio with a brick wall that separates the patio from the driveway. The door that you see below is from the family room.
Thank goodness this house has a detached garage, since the original garage was converted to living space.
Here is the rest of the backyard – we’re still on the fence about the shed. It’s actually in good shape and I think it could look pretty cute if it was painted…
Here’s a little side by side comparison of the home’s floor plan, before and after the renovation. Overall, I think we’re making some good improvements.
And now you’ve seen it all!! What do you think about this one so far?