My dear friends and readers…
The Captain and I flip houses….yes, we are house flipping and have been for several years now.
Many of our friends and family have been asking to see pictures and even though it takes editing and such….I finally said I will take the time to get ‘er done.
I promised you pictures of the houses the Captain and I have been working on….and promises made, promises kept.
Believe me when I tell you that it is a LOT of work, time and energy.
I say that not to complain, but to tell you that it is not as easy as those on HGTV like to portray.
It never happens overnight.
The Captain and I have flipped quite a few houses here in the Cape and then we ventured south to Naples where we have been working on two houses at the same time. We also have a house in Pompano Beach.
What a lot of people don’t realize is many existing houses have “add ons”…such as making a garage into a family room or adding a bathroom in a large closet…. BUT…what one finds out later is the original owners never permitted their projects, most likely thinking they would live in the house forever and no one would really care.
But when the owner sells their house with their “additions” and there are no permits, the new owners have got to restore the house back to the original plans, and that means tearing out that beautiful new bathroom or garage family room. Many lenders won’t finance a property where un-permitted work has been done unless it is brought back to it’s original state.
Each city is different, but some cities require very strict building, electrical and plumbing codes that have got to be brought up to date and this can take time.
I am going to focus on one house today.
We had friends from Nebraska visit us as we were starting work on this house and they were very guarded in what they said, because quite frankly it looked like a total disaster.
When the Captain first showed me the house as a prospect to buy, I wanted to turn around and walk out the door.
But there are a lot of areas one has to assess.
Location Location and Location are the first on the list and this property was perfectly located in an area of Naples that was very desirable.
And the bones of the house were great.
So we charged ahead and following the hot Contemporary trend ….here we go.
I do confess that I am not particularly fond of contemporary, but this house seemed to warrant that look by it’s design and our banker thought it would be the way to go and there is a lot of interest in contemporary houses in SW Florida.The house I am going to show you looked a lot worse than this picture shows…and this picture is not pretty. LOL
This pic was after demolition started.
When entering the home…the first thing you almost fell into…. was the sunken living room.
A narrow living room with a large mirror on one wall and stairs that jutted behind the garage (with a landing) before turning sharply up to the upper level.
The kitchen had a small footprint, but luckily there was a bedroom to the left that we opened up by removing that wall, which made the kitchen a nice size.
I love french doors and this house had plenty of them as you will see in the following pics.
Of course they ALL had to be replaced.
The crew literally gutted this house, removing flooring, sheet rock, 2 X 4s, windows…you name it.
And now as you walk into the front doors of this home, you are greeted with contemporary design.
This is the living room now,…. all the walls in this house are painted with Sherwin Williams Agreeable gray, which is what is on the walls of our personal home.
It is just so clean and fresh and with staged furniture, is very welcoming.
We opened up the living room ceiling to allow more light, which meant removing a small portion of the upper family room flooring.
Note, you can see the walk around decking through the windows.
This family room is huge and because of that we added cabinetry, a sink, a fridge and wine cabinet as you can see below. The upper level is not staged as you an see.
This room is so large, one could easily hold a barn dance. 🙂
Another nice feature of the family room is the access to the large deck that literally surrounds the top floor of the home.
There are those lovely french doors.
We removed the wood spindles on the deck as they were beginning to rot away and replaced them with contemporary railing.
The area in the pic above used to house the weird stairs and now it is an office with plenty of light.
We also added the imported tiling to the flooring….and added ceiling fans.
Originally, the upper decking went the full length of the back of the house with more sets of french doors.
Freeing up that space, allowed for more Sunning and outdoor living around the pool without a deck over hang.
We added a pool and spa as we do to all of our flips. We have found it best to buy a house without a pool and by adding it, can add to the value.
Most existing pools are in need of repair or are very outdated (think costly) and this way, we know what is there by having it designed and installed ourselves.
Back inside the upper floor, are two baths, an office and two bedrooms.
One being another master bedroom with wonderfully high ceilings.
We carried the same flooring throughout the house and of course replaced all doors.
I like the 5 paneled doors.
One of four bathrooms.
And another bathroom.
I know you are wanting to see the kitchen and I will show you that after the master bedroom.
This is on the lower level…
along with the master bath.
You can see the two walk in closets through the doorway to the master bath from the master bedroom.
One on each side of the hallway.
Ok…and now the dining room and kitchen.
As you can see there is a wall beside the dining room which houses the washer and dryer.
On this side of the house are two more bedrooms and another Jack and Jill Bath.
And now the kitchen.
You can see the “waterfall” counter top. I love that effect as the quartz edges down the side of the eating area to the floor.
And I also love the pot filler above the stove top on the far wall.
I would love to have one in my kitchen, but my stove top is on the island which make it a bit difficult to have a pot filler.
Lots and Lots of cabinets, both glass fronts and closed fronts.
Double ovens and microwave on the far wall….dishwasher in the island.
So there you have it my dear readers….Just one of the two Naples houses.
More pics to come soon on the other “flip” which actually has an elevator.
Do you flip houses? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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