The living room and dining room of the flip house didn't need too much TLC. The most involved project we did tackle was exposing the original coal basket in the fireplace and I think that brought out a ton of original character. I love the floorplan of this house and how the living room flows effortlessly into the dining room, which is connected by a swinging door. And how about those French doors?!Read More
Like it or not, the holidays will be here before we know it! I definitely fall into the camp of Christmas fanatic, so I love being able to check items off of my list as early in the season as possible in order to fully enjoy the holidays. This includes shopping for gifts, prepping for Christmas parties, and holiday cards. There are many options nowadays for holiday party invitations and photo Christmas cards, but after creating this year’s card at Basic Invite, their system is hands-down my favorite.Read More
The mudroom/laundry room at the Avenue House was disproportionately large for the size of the house so I knew we needed to put some effort into making the space functional. Another thing we had to consider is that this will be the main entrance to the house 99% of the time since the driveway ends at the back of the house. In other words, we needed to a wow factor to impress buyers right off the bat!Read More
Y'all know I'm impatient (saving the best for last doesn't work for me, lol), so next up on the house flip before and afters is another personal favorite - the kitchen! Although this room is small, there were a lot of original features we were able to uncover to redeem the lack of space including the brick chimney and the pine floors. Removing the layers of vinyl was a beast (and probably the first moment we thought, "what have we gotten ourselves into?") but totally worth it in the end. The kitchen gets gorgeous afternoon sunlight and it seems like such a cozy little spot to whip up a meal in. We did put a lot of the project budget and time into this room (we literally got rid of everything but the kitchen sink!), but I think we'll get every penny spent back.Read More
I can't believe the day has finally come where I can share before and AFTERS of the Avenue House. I'm going to post a room a week (sorry, these posts take a LONG time to put together) and first up is the bath room! The bathroom at the Avenue House ended up being one of my favorite rooms in the house and honestly didn't cost all that much considering it was basically a gut. Since it was the only bath in the house (and a small one, to boot), I really wanted the space to feel as open and airy as possible. There were so many cool original details that I wanted to highlight and I think we were able to accomplish that. Here is a summary of the projects we did.Read More
Oh hey - anybody still out there? So sorry to leave you guys hanging like that. This renovation has completely consumed our lives. Working 80 hours a week between our day jobs and the flip has left zero time to blog, so apologies for the hiatus. The listing papers are freshly signed and I finally feel like we have a chance to come up for air!
The good news is that we are finished and the Avenue House hits the market this week! Yasssssssss. (*Cue angels singing*) Guys, this flip about did us in. To be honest, we probably did not make the wisest choice when purchasing this house. I think that since we have a soft spot in our hearts for old houses and charm, we let that blind us to the amount of WORK this project would be (it's only a complete kitchen gut, deck rebuild, and bathroom reno - easy peasy! ;). We put in 680 man hours just between the two of us over the course of 3 months (the equivalent of one person working full time for 17 weeks)! So yeah, definitely not the quick flip we should shoot for, haha.Read More