Thursday, January 19, 2017

An Update on all Updates



At the beginning of this new year of 2017, lets have a look at all the flips that are underway.

Flip #1 - The Farmhouse




The pretty blue farmhouse we worked on this past summer and fall is complete and ready for market.
There are a few last reno tweaks I want to do, and I want to style a few more rooms.





And apparently the one barn is haunted....so there's that.  
Never a dull moment!




Flip #2 - The Bungalow

Construction finally started a few weeks ago.
Slowly but surely we are plugging away at the renos.
Demolition has started and the crew is working and making changes down in the crawlspace.
No pictures to give you guys yet, didn't think you wanted to see dirty dungeony pics of a creepy crawlspace.



Flip #3 - The Country House

Closing date on this property was Dec 21, 2016.  Just bought it so haven't had much time to focus on it.
No renos yet on this pretty home, but aiming to by the end of this month.
I can't wait to start working on this house.  I have some great ideas brewing.



Flip #4 - The Condo

I have done nothing yet with the condo.  I just can't seem to get my groove with this property.
So often when I am renovating and styling my homes I can get a feel for that home and it's environment,
but with this place I can't seem to pick it up.
However, I am getting a few ideas, maybe just need a bit more time.  So all hope is not lost.




What I Have Learned
In my previous flips, I have always taken my time.
I always moved in with the knowledge that down the road I was going to sell it.
An average of 1-2 years.
With these recent flips, I am learning and it has not always been easy.
I am making so many and I mean so many mistakes as I go along.
Live and learn right.  As a rule, I live by the motto....make any mistake the first time, but not the 2nd.

But I so very much love doing this.
I get up each morning and am eager to get to my construction site.  Or shop for the things we need for the next stage of the renos.
I think about my properties all the time.  And I like these thoughts.
After years of working in an office or working out of necessity, I am finally where I want to be.
I love what I do.

And So We Carry On
So there you have it, just a quick overall look at where I am with my properties.
Over Christmas I started to search MLS for vacant country lots for my future home.
That gets me super excited when I am able to start connecting my results of flipping, to my long term dream and goal.
And I love doing it to boot.....I am a natural born contractor!
A lady contractor in a sea of men.  Lowes and Home Depot are my happy place. :) 
I may not always put hammer to nail, but I have a great crew and sub-contractors that do an amazing job!


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Haunted Barn??




Is that a ghost in the window??




Well now, this is interesting.....I'm taking a winter photo shot today at the farmhouse.
 Later, as I go through the pics, I was a little surprised at what looks like a person in the window of the barn. I am alone today.
 Look very closely. Downright creepy.




 To make this even more eerie, I should mention during the renos we did find bullet holes in the kitchen walls.
Holes.....as in a few.
And there is something rolling around at the bottom of one of my wells.
I think it is a bowling ball, because the previous owner decorated her gardens with bowling balls,
 but staying true to this post....don't really know what's at the bottom of that well. 

 I just can't make this stuff up! Just downright creepy.

 There you go folks, a little ghost story on this dreary, snowy January day.   👻


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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Farmhouse Reveal


The farmhouse tour.
Finally, finally!
It's a long time coming, and a lot of hard work later.  But here it is....the tour.
I am super excited to be finally able to show you guys how pretty the farmhouse is looking with all it's new changes and renovations.
I still want to add or change things here and there, to be sure, but in time.
This post will be permanently listed under "The Olde Barn House Tours" link, above.
And as I make changes, I will update the link.




I bought the house in April 2016, but didn't start the actually renos until June 1.
We finished end of November.

There are still small adjustment I want to make,
but for today let's have a look at the renovations to the farmhouse.

A truly amazing before and after.

 Before



After






Living Room
 Before




After




I like this corner of the room,
but want to add one more curtain panel of the black buffalo check to this window.




It's all in the detail.

Cute rustic barn star.
The slim table I got from a yard sale at the 127 Mile Yard sale, it goes from Michigan to Georgia.
The vintage barnboard piece came from my barn at my last farmhouse.




The old barn door came from my previous barn as well.
I was able to rescue it before the barn collapsed.





 Before




After




After we removed all the paneling in this room, we discovered a mystery door.
Not much of a mystery really, it at one time lead to the outside front porch, but over time all entrances were blocked off.
We covered up this door with shiplap.  Looks amazing in this space!

 In the picture below, the ceiling walls are coming down.
You can start to see the original beams and the high ceilings.
What a truly exciting find this was.




Peeking into the kitchen.
I wanted to open up the entrance between the kitchen and living room,
but there was a load bearing wall right above the entrance.
So the entrance stayed the way it was.....the joys of an old farmhouse.
I did remove a door and frame that was attached to this entrance, trying to make it as open as I could.





The kitchen
We removed the paneled ceiling and replaced with drywall.
We replaced most of the drywall in this room with fresh new sheets,
 I did keep a few older ones to see how they would blend in with the new.
Turned out rather well I would say.

Before




After







In the kitchen, there is a rectangle window and a door leading to the front porch.
I kept this original door, just gave it a bit of fresh white paint.

Before




After








Before




An arched entrance separated the kitchen from the back entrance.
I squared up this arch.

After




The best part of the kitchen decor, are the vintage mason jars.
Found a bunch of them buried in the backyard barn.
What a cool discovery!




The bathroom

Before




After




The tiles and glass shower door were removed.
We planked the walls with tongue and groove boards.
Surrounded the tub with tile.
New toilet.  New flooring.
I have still to hang up the mirror.

Now a bright, clean, fresh new space coming from a dark, outdated room.

Before





After




The master bedroom
Before




After



This room was divided into two section.
Was once a bedroom and nursery.
We took that wall down, added a beam and added shiplap to the walls.
I am still wanting to do a few things with this room.
Shampoo the carpets, add crown molding and decorate it.


It is actually a very large room.




Outside
In the backyard we added a deck.
What was once a rundown square frame for an old carport, we converted it into a brand new deck.

Before




After




The building stage.






The deck in the Fall, looking out toward the barns.






There are still so many little things I want to do with this house.
A bit of changes to this and a bit of  adjustment to the decor.
But all in due time.
Keep checking back for these changes.
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Source List
Living Room
Sofa - IKEA Stenasa White
White large throw pillows - HomeSense
Burlap canvas horse throw pillow - Etsy
Large horse art - Bouclair
Black buffalo check curtains - Country Curtains
Floor lamp - Target
TV wall unit - Kijiji
Small rocking chair - Kijiji
French farmhouse wooden box - HomeSense
Wing chair slipcover - SureFit
Kitchen
Cabinets - Lowes
Hardware on cabinets - vintage
 Vintage mason jars - Found in the barn
Table set - Kijiji, painted with ASCP