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Our First Flip

Updated: May 8, 2019

"You guys are crazy." That's what most people told my dad and me when we started our first flip house in 2017. There were dozens of dogs living in the rundown 1960's ranch house and to say it smelled bad inside would be a huge understatement. The house was in a nice neighborhood though, and we knew it just needed some TLC... actually a lot of TLC.

Here is the first thing we saw when walking inside. The flooring, windows, walls and just about everything else were in bad shape.

Nothing in the home had been updated, including the kitchen.

As if the yellow and random spindles in the dining room weren't bad enough, it was also completely walled off from the kitchen and living room.


These before pictures may have you calling us crazy for taking this project on too, especially as our first official flip house, but there was a lot of potential! So what exactly did we like about this one?

  • The kitchen, dining room and living room were all in the same space so knocking down a few walls meant we could have an open concept house

  • It already had three bedrooms and two bathrooms that just needed some (major) upgrades and they would be good to go

  • It had a good sized front and backyard

  • It was in a nice neighborhood







The smells and damage from all the animals meant this house had to be basically taken down to the studs and built back up with all new flooring, sheetrock, paint, windows, doors and just about anything else you can imagine. It was an extensive project and took about 10 weeks to finish, but we love how everything turned out.



Goodbye dark, dingy entryway and hello open concept! We ripped out everything in the kitchen and added new white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, an island with seating space and a subway tile backsplash.

The living room fireplace got a major facelift with this tile and laminate hardwoods were installed throughout the house.


Along with knocking down the walls that isolated the dining room, we also got rid of the lovely yellow paint and added a new slider to the backyard.

Both bathrooms got modern updates.

While the bedrooms got much needed facelifts with new doors, windows and carpets.


The random walls in the garage were torn down and the walls and floors were redone.


The exterior and front and backyards were completely overhauled and cleaned up.


That's the super condensed version of what happened and we definitely came along some major headaches and lessons learned from this one, which I may go into more detail about another time, but for now there's the first blog post fittingly about our first flip. Thanks for reading!

- Olivia

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