The demolition of much of the Chestnut Street house is done. The dust has settled; the house now sits empty and forlorn…..but not for long. This week we start putting the house back together! You know how they always say it has to get worse before it gets better? Well, so far that’s completely accurate with this house, but that’s how it is when you’re flipping houses.
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We took a perfectly nice, very well cared for house and destroyed it….for now. The former owners want to come and see what we are doing to renovate the house. I just hope we can hold them off until it starts looking good again! I don’t want to crush them; they lovingly cared for this house for 50 years until it was necessary for them to move into a smaller home.
Check out the before and after photos.
One of our first priorities will be to get new windows, insulation and wall, floor and ceiling coverings in the porch area. When the wind blows, it doesn’t feel like there are any walls at all. I’m pretty sure right now we are heating not only the house, but the yard as well.
What Today’s Home Buyers are Looking For
We want to re-invent the house for today’s buyer. Buyers like an open concept, so we removed the walls between the front hall and the living room, the living room and the dining room, the dining room and the kitchen and we removed the entire back wall of the house so it’s now open to the enclosed porch.
The framing is still in place until we can get a structural engineer to design beams for us to replace all the walls. The large chimney in the center of the house will be removed once the house is supported by the beams, opening up the space even more.
We are converting the den into a downstairs master with an en suite bathroom, in case the new owners want to plan ahead for a time when they no longer wish to navigate stairs. This room would also work quite nicely for a grandparent or au pair.
Adding a Touch of Luxury
Upstairs, there were 4 bedrooms, but one was captive (you had to go through one bedroom to get to the next. There was no entry from the hallway). We are going to change the captive bedroom into a luxurious master bath. We have minor changes to make in the other bedrooms and the original bathroom is getting a makeover. When we are done flipping this house, it will now have 4 useable bedrooms and 3 baths.
So, what are our plans for this beauty? Well, we are going to start in the kitchen putting the house back together. We are expanding the kitchen out into the covered porch area to create a more light-filled work area. We have yet to create a layout as we will have the kitchen designer design the space, but what we do know is that the kitchen sink will face the backyard and there will be a huge island between the kitchen and dining room. Do you remember the makeover I gave to the garage at 900 Barn Street? I plan to do something similar with this garage so there is a pretty view from the kitchen window. The only difference with this garage is it already has windows, so I don’t have to “create” any!!
We definitely know what we want as far as finishes are concerned. Our business partner, Nancy, just finished up a house remodel in Alexandria, VA that turned out beautifully. I can’t stop looking at photos of the kitchen in this house and rather than re-invent the wheel, we have decided to take our inspiration from it.
Do you love it? I have done the leg work for you (and us) and have found similar finishes on Amazon for much of the kitchen if you would like to re-create this look for yourself. It’s shocking how affordable most of these finishes are, but put them together and you get a million-dollar look!
The only piece I think is pretty outrageous is the drawer microwave- they are seriously pricey!….but how cool, that the microwave doesn’t take up any real estate on your counter. Up until now, our solution has been the over-the-stove microwave, but I just can’t resist that stainless steel range hood. That means the new solution is the drawer microwave.
Would you be happy with a kitchen like this? I sure would be! What is your favorite part of this kitchen? Can you see the potential in the Chestnut Street house flip?
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