Cole the Flip House: Week 1

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  If you’re new here (Hello!!!) or just enjoy walking down memory lane, you can see my 7 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride as I jump into flip #8!!!  Check out previous posts about this house here and follow along on my insta-stories for more behind the scenes goodness!  

I love when demo happens.  I'm not Chip Gaines level giddy about demo, but it's still one of the most exciting steps of a flip.  It means that things are really starting to happen and the house is going to transform!  My contractors made quick work of some ceiling and walls in the past few days.


This is currently my favorite view so far.  They got rid of a non-load bearing wall to open up the living room to the dining room.  We will be opening up the middle wall there between the kitchen and dining to add a peninsula, but that wall is load bearing, so it will need supporting before it can go away.  I'm also going to be closing up the doorway that currently passes from the living room into the kitchen.  It will all make sense when you see it!


I am in LOVE with this wallpaper.  It was hiding under the 60s paneling in the living room.  It's adhered to the plaster pretty well, so I most likely won't be able to actually save a chunk of paper, but you can bet your britches that I'll be taking a few really good pics of this paper for posterity (and maybe to frame).



This view is from the kitchen.  The chimney will have to stay, but the hvac vent is getting relocated so I can open up that wall and have a peninsula to connect the kitchen and dining room.




The bathroom (off the kitchen) has been stripped down as well.  And because my contractors know me and don't want to make me cry, they kept all the old trim that was on the walls that got removed so that we can reuse it wherever possible.  Antique trim > modern trim.  x 1000.  That's my personal stance at least.



Still to partially come down is the wall between the stairs and living room.  It actually seems like a partial renovation was done not all that long ago (as you can see by the drywall vs plaster).  Essentially the wall is coming down where the drywall is and to the right including the doorway.  Hasta la vista!



My goals if for this to be the largest feeling 900sf home you ever saw!  No major demo happened upstairs since we aren't removing or relocating any walls.  The more exciting part up there will be when we run plumbing for the new powder room.


Aside from demo this week, I also got started on kitchen planning.  Since MA has a tax free weekend this weekend, I'm hoping to take full advantage of it and get all the cabinets and appliances ordered!  I'm going wood for most of the cabinets and white (or maaayyyybe gray) for the few upper cabinets that we have which is only 3.  Trying to re-inject some vintage charm!


Have a fantastic weekend!!