10 Things We Learned While Flipping a House

house front view

If you’ve been following the blog very long, you know David and I have been remodeling (and living in) a house to sell.  We sold our home almost two years ago, lived with the kids and grandkids for three months, and then moved into a house that had been repossessed and was in awful condition. We’ve worked really hard the last two years and are nearly finished with the house.  We just have some … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper: Odds & Ends

Fixer Upper: Odds & Ends

Guess what? All the rooms are done in the fixer upper. The office was the last one and it’s finished except for putting it back together. That little project is taking a longer than I thought it would since I’m taking the opportunity to do a LOT of organizing and tossing. But I’m whittling away at it and hope to have pictures soon. So now we’re working on some odds and ends that still need … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper: The Screened Porch Has Screen!

Screened Porch Remodel

A screened porch isn’t really a screened porch without screen.  David worked on ours last fall and got it ready for screen but didn’t put any in.  We were actually thinking about waiting until right before we put the house on the market to screen it (so it would be perfect – without issues caused by dogs and grandkids) but decided to go ahead and do it now so we could sit outside without being … [Read more...]

The Office is Getting a Makeover

Office Remodel

Well, it’s not really much of a makeover.  It’s the last room inside the house that needs to be fixed up, and all it really needs is patching, paint on the ceiling, paint on the woodwork and walls and a little (okay, a lot) of organizing.  But it’s finally underway! Prior to this phase of the makeover, David had already completed several tasks: New light switch and outlet covers; Removed … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper: Another Small Change with Big Results

Dining room light fixture

We’ve been working on the fixer upper for about 18 months now and most of the rooms are done.  We have to finish the office, the screened porch, the basement (not finish it, but clean it up) and spruce up the garage.  That may sound like a lot but all of those projects will go quickly. In the meantime, we’ve been making small tweaks in some of the rooms. Last week I showed you some changes we … [Read more...]

Small Tweaks Can Take a Room from Okay to Awesome

Remodeling Tweaks

The fixer upper is coming along but there are a few completed rooms I'm not happy with. The first room was the living room. Every time I sat in there, I felt it. I just didn't know what "it" was. After thinking about it for weeks, I finally figured it out. The room was too dark. The furniture was dark. The floor was dark. There are windows only on one wall. I don't like dark rooms. And the … [Read more...]

Why We Won’t Do Another Live-In House Flip

For Sale Real Estate Sign Isolated on a White Background.

Remodeling houses can be fun.  It’s the most fun if it’s your own house or if you’re doing it on the side and hopefully making a lot of money.  But remodeling a house to flip while you live in it is not fun and we’re going to do our best NOT to do it again. When we decided to move two years ago, we had a Plan A and a Plan B.  Plan A was to sell our house and buy our forever house.  We expected … [Read more...]