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!!
Demo is delightful on any project. Even more delightful when I let someone else do it ;-). In the flips, I demo only what is necessary or being replaced to avoid incurring extra costs.... flipping is all about getting a return on the money you spend, so it needs to be spent wisely!! That being said, the kitchen and bathrooms are GONE!
I just heart a blank slate.
It's a little weird for me to be so hands-off at this point in the process, but trust me, I'll be getting my hands dirty with finishing details. I don't think I can call a flip complete until I have paint in my hair and grout under my nails. Right now I'm knee-deep in planning, budgeting, visioning, and sourcing.
Aside from demo, plumbing and electrical have already gotten started. The shower got a new valve and drain which means that hopefully next week, this bathroom can start being rebuilt!!
So far, the only hiccups we've come across (knock on wood) are a chip on the porcelain of the tub and a bit of trouble with some feathered friends. We'll be refinishing the tub after the room's all together so that's a problem easily solved. The feathered friends were a bit more of a head scratcher. It started Tuesday when Hubby and I were at the house and noticed a dead bird in the living room that hadn't been there just a few days before. Curious. I thought maybe it flew in during demo when all the doors were open. Then yesterday, the electrician and plumber got a bit of a heart attack. As they were both standing in the gutted upstairs bathroom, a bird flew in through an opening above the tub and started flying around. Better them than me! Luckily they were able to shoo it out the window with the aid of a window screen. Man, I kind of wish I was there when it happened and had captured it on video! I stopped by a short while later and tried to get to the bottom of the birds... so to speak. From what I can see from the ground, it looks like there is a bird's nest wedged way into a corner on the roof outside- next to the bathroom window dormer and right above the tub. Explains a lot. I'm sure something can be patched from the attic so that the birds (and my contractors) all remain unscathed in the future. I've had mice and termites in previous flips, this is my first run in with birds.
Even with the holidays, I'm hoping that some work will get done next week and maybe I can finally wrangle the drywaller to come in and give me a quote!
Have a wonderful weekend!! Merry Christmas!! Happy Chanukkah! And in general, happy holidays!!!