Nessie the Flip House: Week 8

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!! I need to feel more accomplished this week since we're already at week 8 and I feel like progress is still at snail speed, so let's start with a list of what's happened in the last 2 months on this flip:

  • Building permit acquired!
  • Health department approval for new bathroom
  • New septic system installed
  • Electrical clean-up began
  • Old plumbing removed
  • All demo DONE
  • Ordered: Kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity, faucets, lights, mailbox
  • Re-framing of necessary walls/ceilings- 50%
  • Hardscaping to happen next week (postponed due to weather)
  • Air conditioning being installed TODAY

I know once we get rough sign-offs and we can start hanging drywall, this place is going to come together pretty fast, but right now she's still an empty shell of a house.  Not that it shows hugely in the pictures, but my contractor, plumber, and electrician were all out at the house this week taking care of business.



In the small hallway that goes from the kitchen to the main bath and 2 of the bedrooms, several walls got reframed.  We made the hallway 6" wider because a 30" hallway is pretty claustrophobic and the rest of the walls required reframing because they were pretty sorry excuses for walls previously and weren't properly framed and lacked fancy things like 2x4s and regular studs.  It was easier for my contractor to reframe them all together then to try and fix the existing.



And even though the tiniest bedroom has the biggest closet, the medium sized bedroom has gone almost 100 years without a closet.  Until now.



Even the basement room (aka the "bowling alley") got some new framing.  The existing framing was beefed up so that we have room to properly insulate the concrete wall.



I usually have one pet project in each house that I really dig my hands into (with the exception of Shorty since I was busy baking a baby instead).  In this house, I'm planning to create a mud room area, or has Hubby has named it, a fud room (fake mud room).  I have my sights set on the wall to the right as you walk in the front door (on the left of the pic as you're looking at the door).



The lower section of floor needs a purpose and creating a landing spot for shoes, coats, etc should be just the trick.  This is the section of wall that I've been envisioning some sort of entry-way built-in complete with storage and a bench.



After pricing out a few options including IKEA, I came to the conclusion that it will be the least expensive, probably look best, and most fun if I build it myself.  I've already enlisted Handy Dad's help and need to start planning measurements and details.  This is the general plan- cubbies floor to ceiling on one side with storage above and below a bench with several wall coat hooks.  I love it when I have an idea in my head and am able to find an image that accurately illustrates the concept that I'm trying to explain.  This mud room from Z+Interiors is pretty darn close to how I see the finished product (sans the barn board):



I have a feeling the next few weeks will also be dealing with a lot of the "guts" of the house and getting the appropriate sign-offs, but at least we've finally hit a steady stride on progress here!  Onward!!


Have a great weekend!!