Peeps! We started demo on our 8th flip today! Color me excited.
I know I’m probably jinxing us, but I feel like this one is going to fly by really fast. The plumber and electrician came by today to bid the job, and if all goes well they’ll be in there doing their thing in the next week or so. Hopefully?!?!?!
But let’s see what we’re starting out with, shall we?
This is a two-story home, our first ever, which I’m super excited about. I don’t know why I find that so exciting, but I do. Maybe after remodeling 8 one-story ranches (7 flips + our house) I just need a bit of a change! :) Anyhoo, here’s our two-story beauty:
As part of the negotiations we got a new roof before closing, which made us very happy and didn’t cost the homeowner a dime since her insurance covered it. A win for everyone!
The house has a bit of an English tudor thing going on, mixed with lots of ranchiness – I think we’re going to downplay the tudor-style (even though I love me some tudors) by painting all the trimwork the same color. Hopefully it will make the house look more cohesive and less choppy.
Did you spy the ivy on the house? Let’s zoom in a bit. My eagle-eyed mother wondered whether it was trimmed in the shape of a dog . . . and why yes, I do believe it is. There are no words.
While it may appear that the house has a two-car garage, in this case appearances are deceiving. The garage stall on the right-hand side has been converted to living space (which we think would be great as an office or playroom). We briefly considered converting the space back into a garage, but for some reason the furnace was moved at some point and placed at the front of the former garage – moving that sucker would cost a pretty penny, and we’d lose living space. So it stays as is!
When you open the front door, you see the staircase that leads to the 3 upstairs bedrooms, and the formal living room on the right.
The formal living room is a great size and has a fireplace and a pretty bay window. We hoped for hardwoods under the snazzy blue carpet, but no such luck.
You can see the doorway below that leads to the den, etc.
Here’s that bay window I was bragging on – it lets in so much light! Oh, and it really highlights the popcorn ceilings…don’t worry, those aren’t staying. The dining room is through the bookcases on the left.
And looking back from the dining room, you can see the entryway, staircase and formal living room.
The dining room is functional, but petite. It does have tons of windows, which I really love. And I’m thinking of maybe painting a dark color above the wainscoting? I don’t know, I’m feeling like breaking the trend of sticking to one paint color throughout – one paint family, yes, but maybe branching out a bit?
This little doorway leads into the kitchen.
Here’s that little doorway again. Please excuse the stuff lying around, a few of these photos were taken during the inspection.
While it absolutely pains me, we are not going to be completely re-imagining this kitchen. I know, what’s going on?!?!?!?! But truth be told, the cabinets are really, really great and it would be silly to get rid of them. And I tried every conceivable switcheroo with the layout but with the space we have to work with there just isn’t a better layout (if only fridges weren’t so darn deep!!).
So while I can dream of a more functional layout where the water heater isn’t in the kitchen, everything is staying where it is. And do you know what? I bet it will turn out just great. Or, at least I hope it will.
Oh, but these upper cabinets over the peninsula are getting the boot. That just ain’t gonna fly. We’re also going to lower the bar so that it’s a continuous counter top with the lower counter.
Right off the kitchen is the double den, which has yet another fireplace! How fancy are we? And you can see how removing the upper cabinets above the peninsula will open up the kitchen (although we will still have a vent hood to contend with).
Have you ever seen so much brown in your life? Probably not. Oh, we’re keeping the brick floors. Aren’t they cool? And I think their deep chocolate color will tie in well with the hardwood floors we’ll be adding everywhere else.
Here’s a view of the back den, which is a converted patio with a vaulted ceiling. The windows out onto the backyard are amazing and I’m in love with them. If this were my own home and budget weren’t an issue, I’d also add a bank of windows on the left-hand wall (that’s perpendicular to the window wall) to take in an even bigger view of the backyard.
If you head back into the front den, there’s a little doorway that leads to a hallway – there are 3 closets, a powder room and an office/playroom (the converted garage space) off the hallway.
Here’s the little powder room. I think the old-fashioned sink is kind of charming, so we’re keeping it.
And here’s the converted garage space – that door on the left leads to the remaining garage stall.
Pardon the stuff, these photos were also taken during the inspection. You can see on the right-hand side a big opening to the laundry area – there’s also a door from the hallway that leads to this space that we’ll be closing off (there’s better access from the office).
Another view. Just soak in all that blue carpet.
So the laundry space is a little weird since it’s under the stairs, but it’s going to be a vast improvement over what was originally there. You see, the washing machine is currently in one closet and the dryer is in another closet, on opposite sides of the hallway. A little weird, no?
Now we’re heading back to the front door and up the stairs to the second story!
At the top of the stairs you can either go left to two bedrooms, straight into the guest bathroom, or right to the master bedroom.
Let’s head left. This is the front bedroom, located over the garage. It’s super quirky with all the angles, but I think it would make a really sweet kid’s room.
Here’s the second bedroom, on the opposite side of the hall (it looks out over the backyard). It’s long and narrow but has plenty of space for a kiddo or guest.
Those two bedrooms share this bathroom – it has all the necessary elements but isn’t going to impress anyone in its current state.
We’ll be centering the sink on that recessed wall, which will make vanity shopping so much easier!
At the other end of the hallway is a short flight of stairs to the master bedroom. That’s a linen closet through that short doorway on the right.
Oh, I wish this picture came out better – you can just see a hint of the gold glitter that’s embedded in the popcorn ceiling. It’s epic. But there are 4 lovely windows overlooking the backyard, so I can’t complain about that!
The master bedroom, on the other hand, ain’t so lovely. It’s tiny, has awkward angles and the world’s tiniest window (above the tub, on the left).
We’re changing the swing of the door so that it swings out into the bedroom instead of into the bathroom – we need some more space in there!
Lovely, right? Don’t worry, the whole thing will be gutted! And the toilet will no longer the first thing you see when you walk in. :)
Now we’re heading to the backyard. It is, hands down, my favorite part of the entire house. Compared to most of the yards in the area it is huge. I love it so, so much.
I think the view of the back of the house is really pretty, too. And there are great trees!
Here’s a little patio area right off the back door.
And a shed! Think of the fun things you could do/store in a shed!
What do you guys think?!?!