Kitchen Nook Before
Kitchen Nook After
Kitchen Pass-Through Before
Kitchen Pass-through After
Family Room (other Hutch) Before
Family Room (hutch no more) After
Family Room Before
Family Room After
Opening up the wall between the formal living area was key in this house. It was just over 1900 square feet and opening it up made it feel bigger and made it so much better for entertaining purposes. This new opening also flooded the family room with much needed light. This family room was originally so dark - as you can see in the before pic there was one very small window in this room! Opening the pass-through to the kitchen helped as well. We painted a really light tan color in here.... I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the color - Sorry. It's funny but the fireplace looks like new in the after pics and we did not do a darn thing to it. We did add some cool little shelves to each side though. We also had a new light fixture and wood floors added in here.
Formal Living/Dining Before
Formal Living/Dining After
In here, same wood floors and same paint as in Family Room. We also had all new Windows installed throughout the home - the old ones were in terrible condition. This room was a pretty easy reno - old nasty carpet and wallpaper out, and lovely new wood and texture in!
Let's go back to the discussion I started about bad contractors! There are so many good contractors out there - I know this for a fact. That being said, you can easily get burned. Do your homework with the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List and friends and family recommendations. You should also ask for references and go see these homes and their homeowners in person! We did not do this! Lesson learned the hard way. As I said earlier, we had to go through most of this reno with our crooked contractors because we were idiots in hindsight and paid them over 50% of the cost of the total renovations - we thought this was the norm and it is NOT! We had to be sneaky and weasel the direct phone numbers out of their sub-contractors because no one was showing up to work and the contractors would pretend to call the subs when indeed they were not.... they were working really hard at pretending to work! It was infuriating. When we started staying at the house most days we got to really know these subs and we got to talking to them. This was not too hard because of course our lazy crooked contractors were never there for long - that would take too much actual work on their part. Some of the dirt we found out upon further investigation was that our crooked contractors were taking our money and not paying their subs. They would tell the subs that we were not paying them and tell the subs to put liens against our homes!!! Can you believe that!? I went and printed out all my cleared checks from my bank to our crooked contractors and showed it to the subs so they would finish the work that we had paid for. They were nice enough to do so and they had to take it upon themselves to get paid by the crooked contractors. We kicked the crooked contractors off of our property and told them to never show their face again.... luckily they did not! Hallelujah... we were scared they would! We ended up out of pocket more of our own money in the end, but there was a happy ending to this story. Luckily, we bought well on this one and we still sold it for a profit. We hired all the subs on our next projects to make up for whatever money they may not have gotten paid by the crooked contractors. Whew... that was a mouthful of a story. On the rest of our flips after this one we have acted as our own contractors and hired the subs directly. This has worked really well for us because we have gotten to know our guys really well - we are loyal to them and they are loyal to us. I have also learned so much in the process by working with these guys directly! Anyway, that story made me tired so I am going to sign off for now! I will post more about this flip.... but no more about the crooked contractors.
See You Soon.....