Shorty the Flip House: Week 17 & 18

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  Come back every Friday to see how this house, aka Shorty, progresses from week to week.  To catch up on the progress on Shorty, check out his previous posts here.  If you’re new here, (Hello!!!) you can find more about my 5 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride!!  

Well, what a week we've had over here!  Despite my attempts at coercing Copper Dot Baby to get comfy until or after his "due date" of April 19th, he was not convinced.  Instead of sharing Shorty's week 17 update last Friday, we were instead busy meeting Copper Dot Baby, now better known as Miles.  He's being put to work already, but currently his greatest skill is to sleep in the stroller, looking adorable.


He'll get his own special post in the next few weeks, but today we're here to chat about Shorty.  First I should say my parents are saints.  They've been working overtime helping us out at the flip any chance they get- understanding better than me that my stubborn willpower and physical limitations weren't exactly on the same page.


These last 2 weeks have been GAME CHANGERS.  The house has gone from a construction zone to a livable home that just needs a few finishing touches.  It would be tough to list everything that's gotten done this week and last, so I'll try and touch on the highlights.


All the floors and stairs got their final refinishings and new heating grates (with the exception of the antique iron ones still in use, because those are beautiful).



Replacement trim went into the living and dining rooms to match the original trim as closely as possible.

It's crazy to think that when we bought this house 5 months ago, this spacious opening to the kitchen was once just the size of a small door.


Closets got painted, paint got touched up everywhere, the porch got painted, and several other items got painted throughout the house.  One key to getting this house done has been surrounding myself with the right contractors who are willing to step in and pick up my slack as well.  Usually, I paint the interior of my flips myself, but that wasn't exactly feasible this time between pregnancy and trying to wrap up some Copper Dot work pre-baby.  Luckily, through a friend's recommendation, I found a great painter who really picked up my slack.



I did end up painting the brick of the fireplace too and it just brightens up the living room.  (sidenote: I'm REALLY looking forward to taking quality, staged pics of this house in the end.  It's really going to shine!!!)


The bathrooms got mirrors and towel holders hung and the upstairs full bath got brand new built-in doors.  I think the pic below might end up being one of my all time faves... it's the last baby bump picture :-).  Oh and the bathroom's pretty cool too.



The kitchen is practically unrecognizable after a good scrub and it's floating shelves are finally hung.  Favorite flip kitchen EVER.  EVER!!  Pretty soon I'll stop teasing you with little vignettes and show you the full-impact kitchen transformation.


In addition to a new water heater this week, the basement got a much needed wire clean-up.  Even though it's not pretty floors or tiles or anything, I do love seeing a birdsnest of wires in a basement ceiling end up looking like this:

Electrical is all inspected and signed off by the town and hopefully plumbing will have the thumbs up today too.


Aside from minor touch-ups and small items throughout that still need to get checked off, the interior is in stellar shape.  The exterior, on the other hand, is still lacking due to weather.  BUT *fingers crossed* the weather next week looks very promising.  Exterior painting should get completed (or my head might explode), the basement is getting a new set of bulkhead doors, a falling-down section of fence will get repaired/replaced, gutters will be repaired/replaced, and house numbers will go back up.  I can't wait to see the outside look as good as the inside is looking!


Staging furniture is coming in today (pushed back from last Friday...) and hopefully by the end of today, my checklists will be 98% checked.  It's been quite a hectic past 2 weeks, don't you think?


Have an amazing weekend!!