Flip Updates

Hi!  How’s the new year treating you guys?  We’re off to a good start – we had a great Christmas break (I can’t lie, Christmas morning is 10x more adorable with babies and toddlers), and we’re thisclose to finishing this flip.  Can I get an amen?

I’m not even sure where I should start with updating you.  To say the flip is meeting my expectations would be an understatement – I’m absolutely in LOVE with how it’s turning out.  Definitely my favorite flip ever (do I say that every time?).  I love the layout of the house (lots of space, a big family room, oodles of bathrooms), the backyard (it’s bigger than my backyard which is an instant plus, it has a shed for storage and an amazing workroom attached to the garage which I would totally use as a kid’s fort), and the patio (it runs the length of the side of the house and would be a great entertaining space, plus I can totally imagine my kiddos riding tricycles and coloring with chalk out there).  So, basically, I want to move in.

But what really does it for me are the finishes in this house.  I know they might not be to everyone’s taste, but they make my heart sing and I’m SO happy that you guys encouraged me to go for this design.  I love the finishes more than I love Mexican food, and that’s saying a lot.  A whole lot.  So thank you.

Enough rambling.  You came here to see photos, am I right?

Well, I don’t have any gorgeous “after” photos for you (primarily because we ain’t done yet!), but here are some in-progress shots that will hopefully get you excited for the real photos to come.

Progress Photos - 10th Flip - It's Great to Be Home

Progress Photos - 10th Flip - It's Great to Be Home

Progress Photos - 10th Flip - It's Great to Be Home

Progress Photos - 10th Flip - It's Great to Be Home

Progress Photos - 10th Flip - It's Great to Be Home

Progress Photos - 10th Flip - It's Great to Be Home

Progress Photos - 10th Flip - It's Great to Be Home

Progress Photos - 10th Flip - It's Great to Be Home

I also have a random question for you.  Daniel over at Manhatten Nest includes a diary of sorts at the end of each post about his new flip, giving a brief description of what’s going on each day of the project.  (BTW, are you guys following along?  Such a fun project to watch from the sidelines.)  Is that something you guys would be interested in reading from me?  Either in post-form, or in the sidebar?  Just something I’m pondering.  Thanks!

Stained Cabinets

The kitchen cabinets have been shrouded in plastic for weeks now, ever since the backsplash and counter tops were installed and the cabinets were stained.  They were unveiled yesterday since the painting is almost completed, and it was a bit of a thrill to see them again in all of their glory.

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I couldn’t get a good shot of the pantry or peninsula-end of the kitchen because of the lighting, so I don’t have any pics of those areas for you.  But isn’t it coming along nicely?

Chugging Right Along

Hey guys!!  Did you all have a great Thanksgiving?  We did – beautiful weather and lots of family time, plus our littlest one turned six months old (how did that happen already?).

I haven’t been the best about photographing the flip over the past few weeks, but here’s what’s been going on:

- The laundry room addition is finally bricked in and IT LOOKS AMAZING.

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Thanks for the push to add brick instead of sticking with the siding – it makes the addition completely seamless, AND it gets rid of that weirdo alcove between the laundry room and the fireplace (you can see it in the “before” photo below).

Changes to the Exterior

- The landscaping got a fresh new look . . .

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. . . and the exterior brick has been primed and painted.

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(The photo above only shows the coat of primer, and the exterior doors still need to be painted.)

- I TRACKED DOWN THAT DANG VANITY and it got installed, along with the rest of its friends.  I drove through Hill Country a few weeks ago to a bachelorette party and was able to convince the friend I was traveling with to stop at the Ikea in Round Rock – I had been stalking their inventory online and they had ONE vanity.  I made it mine.

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- We have tile!

So the tile looks all happy and perfect in the back den, but you would not believe the amount of prep the tile guys had to put in to get the concrete ready for tile.

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After scraping off layers of linoleum, they had to sand every last speck of glue off the concrete.  See that photo below?  I took that from the back patio, looking into the den.  Yeah.  That’s a lot of dust.  I felt so sorry for the tile guys that day!

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After the dust settled, there were piles of it everywhere.

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They taped off the den from the rest of the house to keep the dust out, but you can see in the photo below that the pesky dust still got everywhere – on the left you can see the layers of dust on the kitchen floor (the grout lines had been vacuumed), and on the right the tile has been wiped down.  Crazy!

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The bathrooms all got their own little dose of tile – I particularly love the penny tile in the new bathroom we added off the office/4th bedroom.  We used it in our 9th flip and I just had to use it again!

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- All the bathrooms and the kitchen got gorgeous carrera marble counters.

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- The wood floors were installed.  Much of the house has original wood floors, so new wood was only added in the living room and entryway.

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The painters are hard at work right now on the interior – I’m hoping they’ll be finished by the end of the week, and then we can start installing all of the lighting and plumbing fixtures – my favorite part!

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