Kitchen Help!

So, I know I’ve been MIA for awhile – I’ve missed you guys!

I’m popping in today because I have a semi-urgent question to ask you.  Would you mind giving me your two cents and weighing in on a kitchen design?

What I need help with is the kitchen in our 10th flip (I know, I still owe you final pics of the 8th and I haven’t shown you any of the 9th, much less our two rental properties . . . ugh!).  Forgive me while I jump ahead a bit.  :)

We’re moving a ton of things around (deleting a powder room and adding a full bath, adding a laundry room, etc.) and the space we’re left with is a little bit of a head-scratcher.

Here’s a mock-up of the raw space (update – see the end of the post for a whole-home floor plan):


It’s 21 1/2 feet long by 9 feet wide with a door and windows in some awkward places.  For now we’re ignoring the windows and we’ll re-frame as necessary, but I’d rather not move the door.

And here’s my best shot so far at laying out the kitchen:

kitchen floor plan

Do you think this is the best we can do, or do you have some suggestions?  I’d love to hear what you think?

P.S.  There isn’t room for an island.  :(

UPDATE: Here’s a really terrible, not-drawn-to-scale rendering of the home’s “new” floor plan, which I thought might be helpful.  I didn’t put in doorways, etc. because of the time crunch, but if you have a question about them just let me know!

floor plan after with labels

So You Want to Flip Houses…

advice from a house flipper

A common theme to most of the emails I receive is that the sender is in search of some practical advice for getting started in the flipping business.

Some want to dip their toe into the flipping waters part-time, others are ready to jump in completely, and the majority aren’t quite sure how to proceed.  Here’s a recent example of one of those queries:

Interior decorating and house remodeling has been a passion of mine for the
last 5 years or so. I currently am an accountant for a large corporate
company. I have no intentions of quitting my job, currently. I would like
to flip houses (do what I love) and make money doing it. To me, that just
seems like pure heaven. In the last 2 weeks, I have started researching the
flipping business. I want to make sure I have every aspect nailed down
before jumping in. I was hoping that you could offer some advice or point
me in the right direction of how to begin. It’s always nice to speak to
someone with experience and who has been successful. Thanks so much for
your time!  ~ Krista

I love emails like this!  However, it’s pretty time-consuming to respond to each one – even though I would love to I just don’t have the free time these days (this post pretty much sums up why).  So, I thought it would be a great idea to put all of my get-into-flipping tips in one spot – and any new posts will be added here over time.  Sound good?

Here we go!

    Do you have a question about flipping houses that isn’t answered here?  Let me know and I might write a post about it!

So Much to Say


Right now I have SO much to fill you in on that it’s hard to find a good place to start.

I’ll give you the short version first, then I’ll fill you in on all the details later.  Here we go!

- We bought 3 houses in June, and only one of them has a gold, glittery popcorn ceiling.  I know, so disappointing.

houses we bought in June

- Our 8th flip went on the market the day after she got here.  (Sidenote – we headed to the hospital an hour and a half after I wrapped up with the photographer at the flip!)

8th flip master bath - It's Great to Be Home

- My babies love each other. And I promise we put clothes on them sometimes.

baby love

- We’re gearing up to buy another flip in August, if all goes well.


More later!

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