Tuesday, September 20, 2016

the "Befores" of #4

So yes, we went ahead and bough numero 4.
The condo Gods must have been smiling down on us since this one really fell in our lap.

Upon closing on #3, Chris and my brother in law David met with the manager of the complex to do a quick walk thru (ie. find out where the dumpster was, know which parking spots were for our unit, etc) and they started talking about WHY we had bought the place and were planning on flipping it.   The guy mentioned how he might know of another good unit if we were interested and called up the owner of a unit directly across the breeze way from us!  The owner said he was actually planning on meeting with a realtor the next day, but after seeing the unit, we decided to put in an offer and save him the money on a realtor.  Done!  And with a super quick close might I add!!

We are only a couple weeks behind #3 on this one but to keep everything from getting a bit too confusing, I think Im going to finish out #3 with you guys before I start showing you progress shots of #4.  Don't worry though, you'll still see it all!

And now on with the walk through!  If you have time and aren't at work so you can hear it, here's the video walk though to give you the best idea of the space.  It's a one bedroom, one bathroom, about 750sq ft.

So if you couldn't see that, or just want a better explanation rather than my muttered ramblings, here are photos!

The view right when you walk in...
Now I know you're thinking, "Wow, not too bad", but yes, bad.  The floors are that $0.39 laminate and are cheap beyond cheap.  And that bookcase?  Much like #3, we are going to take this one down too to create a pass through.

Here's the view of the kitchen from the dining.
The kitchen is pretty darn small...
And we are going to lose even more storage when we take out these three top cabinets on the right...
Heading back out the kitchen and toward the master is a tiny little hallway with the bathroom on the right.
Again, small, but I have big plans for this one...
The master is a good size with two entry points for the large closet.
From the other side...
And yes, the carpet has to go...

Back out the master towards the mini hallway, there is storage directly across from the bathroom.
And back out to the living/dining...
Ugh I can't wait to open up that bookcase and brighten this whole thing up!

Speaking of brightening, did you notice anything missing?? Yea, lights... other than that GORGEOUS chandelier in the dining, the place has no lights... not in the living room or master... really people? Just gunna live off floor laps?  Thats not the way we roll in 2016.   Its going to be a pricey addition to removal all the ceiling drywall and install everything, but its a must.

Anyway, there you have it!  What do you think? I know the befores are always kind of boring but I think this one is going to be cool!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ugh... so far behind!

Guys, ugh Im the worst!  I was doing so good keeping y'all updated and then life got crazy for a couple weeks and you fell to the wayside.  Sorry about that!

My oldest little dude turned three and with my parents in town, little everyday details on the condos became lost... here's a picture of Brooks with his gigantic, over-the-top-because-we're-like-that yard balloon.
After that, we shared the little secret on my Instagram account (LittleHouseintheBigD) that we have in fact bought condo flip #4!
I plan on posting more about #4 tomorrow with a complete "before" walk through video and pictures.  Get excited.

After that, Chris surprised me for an early anniversary trip up to Seattle to enjoy the cooler weather and watch our Texas Rangers play.
A buddy of mine that I used to work with at EPSN now works for the Mariners and got us on the field for Rangers batting practice.  In this picture, you can see me holding Chris up since he near fainting the entire time out of sheer excitement.
Happy fan with a ball from the bullpen!
We JUST got back a few days ago and really had to hit the ground running.  There is a LOT going on with #3 and I can't wait to fill you in... including new (dirty) floor and dry wall that's up!
More to come tomorrow!  See ya then!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Demo of #3

Hey all... well now that #2 has wrapped and #3 is well underway, I thought I would give you an update of how its going...

To sum it up in a word: Demolition.
To rewind and reaccustom yourself, you might want to go back and read THIS POST when we did the walk through of #3... go ahead, it will open another window... I'll wait.

See... ok to continue here's the kitchen as seen before:
Yea, remember how we were going to take down those uppers and open this thing up, getting ride of the bookcase on the other side... well, we took down the wall and found these suckers.
UGH!!! OMG! Pipes, from the unit above us?!  First strike against flipping condos... you have to worry about the other units in your complex.

Such a major bummer...can't do a countertop island with pipes in the middle...

So here's a view of the old bookcase:
and here's where we are now...
Going back around the place, here's the front door and the closet that used to be there.
And a VERY scary picture of the guest room(as remembered before here):
And in the master... a before of the en suite.
and the now...
Back to the kitchen... demoed the far wall and now looks 1,000x better like this:

and, yet another sad view of the pipes on the opposite wall, because, ugh... le sigh...
Sooooo yea... we're detailing with that... options? Hopefully our plumber can work something out.

Fingers crossed.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Before and afters of Condo #2

Hey all... thanks for baring with me on getting these out to you!  I've tried pairing these a bunch of different ways to make the most sense but since I have a lot more "afters" then comparable side by sides, I wanted to do it like this, but I'm going to try something different.
See...would have just a post of easy viewing side by sides looked great?  I'll try that for #3 and do a better job of matching up the before and afters... in the mean time, I'll show you a room of the before and then different views of the after...

Like in the living room.
And the dining room example I just showed you:
And the Kitchen
The bathroom:
The tub/shower:
Master/master closet
and my personal favorite... the laundry:
Here it is, zoomed out so you can see the awesome barn door the Chris made and installed:
and back out the master looking toward the living:
Ugh, goodness this place turned out awesome!!

And we MAY have some good news about it, but I don't want to jinx anything yet, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram (LittleHouseintheBigD) about that :-)

Well, what do you think? If you want the full before and after walk through, here it is one more time :-)
and After:
Yay!  Updates on #3 coming soon!!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Condo #2 is done!!!

Hooray! #2 is in the books!

We actually just finished up last Friday and although I don't have before/after pictures done yet, I DID take a video walk through so you can see how everything turned out!

Again, sorry I don't have more pictures but PROMISE I will by Wednesdays post! To see the side by side of this one will be crazy!

Anyway, we started this project June 20th and wrapped up August 12th... that's under two months to flip an entire condo from the studs back to life!!  AHHH can't believe we're done!
Here's the direct YouTube link if for some reason its not playing on the page:  Condo #2 finished

Oh and just for fun... here's the walk through of when we first got it... what a change!
Again, heres the link: Condo #2 the before


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Quick update (bc we're almost finished!)

I don't have a ton to share today since 99% of the condo is done and I want to unveil its glory all at once, but finishing touches are definitely being made.

Chris and his dad are building the barn door for the master/laundry.
Here's another look at the back...
Or maybe thats the front, Im not 100% sure... either way it looks great!

And we decided to keep it simple and just paint it the same color as the other doors.
We had debated using a grey, rustic wood, or perhaps even staining it, but in the end I thought all the other options would fight everything that we had already done (ie. matching/not matching the floor or the stain not matching the butcher block wood tone), so Im happy with the white!  Just can't wait to see it hung up!

We also got the lighting fixture hung up... so thats nice.
Home Depot: $119... love it (although we still need to raise it a bit higher...)

And the kitchen finally got its backsplash.
We brought in tile guys for this just like the bathroom because its well the money if you have guys that can do a great job and save you the time and hassle. Just a white subway with grey grout but it looks great!

Here it is before the cleaned it up.
And the after...
Not too shabby!
I don't think the white subway SUPER goes with the white cabinets and marble counters, but its good enough for this flip.

Seeing what I'm seeing now, I think a grey subway would have looked a bit nicer... like this one from Home Depot at a little one $5 a sq ft.
But hey, live and learn.

In #3, I plan on doing a FANCY backsplash since we're trying our best to get super top dollar out of it (ie. if all goes well, it will sell for more than what we paid for our house!  Hooray Dallas housing market!)

So that's all Im going to share for now.  We could be done by TOMORROW guys! Thats crazy!  If we are, I'll do my best to have something up for you guys to see on Friday!  Fingers crossed!  Hooray for #2!