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Before and After: Hoarder House Flip

Well we bought our first hoarder's house and just like a TV show- we found all kinds of crazy (mostly gross) things. We filled four 30 yard drop boxes full of trash from this house just to be able to start working on it! And a cherry on top of the already challenging remodel- the home had been deemed unlivable by the city, so there was no electricity or plumbing. Here is what it looked like the day we got it.

Dream house material, right? After long days of hauling out all the trash (the attic and crawlspace were also both filled to the brim) we were finally able to start bringing the house up to date.


The interior had already been mostly torn out (we are unsure why) and that did make the demo much easier. This house was roughly 1,200 square feet and our goal was to maximize the space to make it feel as big as possible. We kept the two existing bedrooms the same size, but changed nearly everything else about the layout.


We were able to create a master suite with a walk in closet. The master bath has a tile shower and double vanity. There is also an opening from the bathroom to the walk in master closet. One of our favorite features of this space is the farmhouse barn door that serves as the door to the bathroom.


There wasn't actually a kitchen once we cleared the house out, so we were able to start with a blank slate. We decided to start the kitchen at the edge of where our hallway ended with a large peninsula so there could be seating at the countertop. Since we wanted it to feel as light and open as possible, we installed white cabinets and butcher block countertops (which I am OBSESSED with).


This house sits on a large lot (1/3 acre) that had been completely neglected so it took a lot of cleaning up. While the garage was (unsurprisingly) full of trash and was unfinished. So we put in a washer/dryer hookup in the garage, put up sheetrock and painted it and also painted the garage floor.

It feels so good to be finished with this one and now we're onto the next one, a 1970's split entry home. Thanks for reading!


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