1st Flip Before and Afters

September 10, 2018

My 1st Flip Before and Afters

This is a throwback to my very first flip which was my first personal residence.  On this project I did all of the work myself (except for some minor electrical & plumbing work).

Kitchen Renovation

As you can tell from the photos, the kitchen needed a major renovation to get the kitchen out of the 70's and into the modern era.  The kitchen was completely gutted and opened-up into the living room and received new kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, carrera marble backsplash and new stainless steel appliances.

I purchased the kitchen cabinets and the hardwood flooring at a building supply auction.  I bought entire kitchen set (base cabinets, uppers, & pantry) for $2,000.  The retail price on the cabinets was likely over $4,000.  I also bought a pallet (~400 sf) of 3/4" Brazillian cherry hardwood flooring for $400 ($1/sf), which typically retails for $5/sf+ ($1,500+ in savings!).  

Kitchen Renovation Before House Flip
Kitchen Renovation Before House Flip
Kitchen Renovation After House Flip
Kitchen Renovation After House Flip

Living Room Renovation

The living room needed a serious makeover as well.  The fireplace was pretty boring, so I bought a nail gun and miter saw and took on my first carpentry project.  I add a substantial new fireplace mantel that really made the fireplace a focal point of the room.  I ended up getting a little carried away with my new carpentry skills, and added 8" base and 6" crown molding around the perimeter of the room.

I didn't have enough hardwood flooring to install in the entire living room so I installed hardwood in the kitchen and partially in the living room with a hardwood perimeter border.  I then installed new carpet in the middle, which gave it a 'rug' look.

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