Nessie 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!!  Check in each Friday to see weekly update of how this house progresses!  To catch up on the progress on Nessie, check out her previous posts here.  If you’re new here (Hello!!!),  or just enjoy walking down memory lane, you can see my 6 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride!!  

Ah, week 1.  The week where I start getting quotes and face the reality of where my budget meets my dreams for the house.  Don't get me wrong- still going to be epic, I just need to focus my epic into certain areas.  For a designer, it's always a little torturous to spend the bulk of the money on things like septic systems and electrical.  Speaking of septic, that's one way to get some landscaping done!



Getting a new septic system installed is a very literal way to watch money go down the drain.  Luckily for us, the sellers had done the 'dirty work' and had a new septic system engineered and approved by the town.  All we had to do is make a few calls and write a check.



Surprisingly, this will be done in less than a week and then the dumpster and porto-pot will be delivered.  Probably more surprising, however is that we actually haven't started smashing anything inside!  Only planning has begun.  This house is getting the most layout 'tweaking' of any of the flips with walls getting demo'd, built, and moved.  My challenge is always to try and make the house make sense- and this one is definitely a challenge.  The original living space of the house was only about 25' x 20' with additions onto it.  Finding a way to incorporate both kitchen and dining in a logical way was this house's biggest head scratcher.  After trying about 10 different options, I think I landed on the ideal kitchen layout for the space- one that eliminates the long galley feel of the space and adds a banquette dining area


So I have a layout that I think will work, now I need to decide on what style this house wants to be.  Even though the house was technically built in 1920, I'm totally feeling the vibe of the renovations that were done in the 60s.  I'm leaning toward making the style of the interior very min-century inspired with a modern twist.  Such a different house than Shorty, which was also built right around 1920.  That's the fun I have with flipping- each house has it's own personality.... it's my job to make it visible to everyone else.


Next week, I'm hopeful that the interior smashing will begin and I'll start pulling together design plans for each space.  I can't wait to show you what I come up with!