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!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Walk through and "befores" for #3

So while we're still working on condo #2, we snuck away and bought flip #3.
This one actually reminds me a lot of condo #1... needs a LOT of help.
The good news? Its a 2/2, nearly 1,200 sq ft (which is only 200sq ft less than our HOUSE, ha!) and about, oh 2 minutes away from our house... seriously.

I filmed a walk through so you can get a better idea of the lay out, but I'll also go through "before" pictures below :-)
Phew... ok, so here's a play by play.

First, the lovely view when you walk in...
I know you really can't tell since its a bit dark, but the carpet is mint green and has not been replaced since 1971... "gross" barely covers it.  

Moving to the corner of the room, you get a better idea of the gigantic walled built-in.
See those doors to the left, thats the entry for the kitchen, so yea, that built-in is coming down and we are opening this sucker up.

Here's a look into the galley kitchen.
Yea, its as sexy as it looks.

Here's a bit of a better view.
Its funny that it just SCREAMS 70's. And yes, all those uppers will be coming down to open up the sight line from the sink to the front door, but we're adding storage, don't worry.

Here's the other side.
The whole kitchen is getting gutted so a full over-haul is coming.

Back on the other sink side, there's this little door... that doesn't shut.
Can you see whats in there?

Yep, the washer dryer.
We plan on taking these out and moving them, but thats only if we can get the plumbing moved.  But can we all agree that its weird having them shoved in this little closet and they don't even fit?  Hopefully, if we CAN move them, we'll turn that area into a pantry to compensate for the loss of storage above the sink.

Continuing through the kitchen and to the left, is another door to another "front"... faces more to the interior of the complex.
Oh, and they left us their spice rack... how nice!

Turning around, here's a look down the hallway.
More fun gross carpet.

First room on the left is the master.
First door on the right is a walk in closet.
If all goes well, it'd be nice to wall this up and then put an opening that has access to the hallway.  Boom, laundry room.  Again, that's if we can make plumbing work out.

If you walk into the master a bit more and peak behind the door, there's some built in storage.
Honestly, Im not sure what we are doing with this... leave it? Take it out?  Take off the doors and leave it as open storage?  We'll see...

Here's a full view of the master.
Sexy, right?

You can walk on through to the ensuite.
Super short vanity, a SEASHELL sink (why where these a thing?!) and toilet/shower combo.  We plan to take down that dividing wall and open up a bit.

Directly opposite the sink is another walk-in closet
Having this closet is why we think its ok to lose the closet in the front and turn it into the laundry room.

Oh and here's a better look of that back toilet/shower/tub
We haven't decided yet if we're going to turn this into a standup shower or not, but eh, we'll see.

Leaving the master and going directly across the hall is the other full bath.
and here's the shower...
And all the way back down the hall is the other bedroom...
And thats just the closet back there...
Also notice how dark it is in these rooms? Yea, no lighting in the ceiling... no ceiling fans, recessed lighting, nothing.  We're probably just going to rip all the drywall off the ceiling to add lights since there's absolutely nothing up there.

Here's the view leaving bedroom #2 looking back down the hall.
Going immediately to the left takes you back to the front door and the little entry way.

Here's a better look from the living area back to the front door and coat closet.
So... pretty scary, right?  Only means it will be a more dramatic change once all is said and done!

AHHH #3!! Let the chaos begin!