How’s it hanging my flip-loving-friends?! Today’s Flip on Bates may have you green with envy…These flippers went all in on the green. If you’re looking for a drinking game, might I suggest that you drink every time you see green in this flip. I promise you, you will likely be pretty tipsy by the end.
Green is one of my favorite colors and I used to think it was unfairly ignored..but I have to say the Bates’ flippers may have me eating my words. (Before you start the drinking game, you should decide if plants count. If you do count them, you’ll be drinking a lot.)
At the end, I’ll give you an update on my house remodel. I’m so excited!!!
Bates is in a nice residential neighborhood just a few blocks from me. It’s a longish walk to a cute shopping area and Lake Merritt in Oakland. There are some hills you have to deal with which makes walking less than desirable. Nonetheless, this house is in a very desirable neighborhood.
How’d They Do?
These flippers were not obsessed with the scallop detail.
As you can see, they lopped off the scallop detail. I guess I understand why they did it (to make it easier to build the fence) but it makes me sad nonetheless. I love straight, clean lines and things perfectly squared off as much as the next person, but now this house looks just like all those tract houses they build in the exurbs. Is that really better than a house with some assymetrical pizzazz?
Did you notice the green trim? “Interesting” choice. DRINK.
Living Room: before
Living Room: after
Dining Room: before
Do I even have to tell you what happens to the wall?
Dining Room: after
What do you think about this kitchen? (For those playing the drinking game, you’re going to have to decide for yourself if these cabinets are green or gray…)
Okay, I can’t hold it in anymore. There are so many things wrong with this kitchen: why didn’t they bring the living, dining room flooring in here? Why is the cabinet over the microwave wearing a hat? The pendant lights over the peninsula are so wrong. Why didn’t they put a black electrical outlet and plate on the peninsula? These are just a few of my questions. I do appreciate that they went with gun-metal gray appliances though.
Bathroom #1: after
Can you tell what this bathroom is missing?
A mirror over the sink…Come on?! This is really shoddy. With so many mirror options at any Target, it’s pretty inexcusable to have done the listing photos without a mirror…oh wait, I think there’s a mirror leaning against the wall opposite the sink. WTF?! Shoddy AF.
Bedroom #1: after
Bedroom #2: before
Bedroom #2: after
Master Bedroom: after
Bathroom #2: before
Bathroom #2 (aka master bath): after
I totally appreciate that they used green on the vanity. It’s definitely bucking the trend, but their design courage is squandered by pairing it with the ugly green mirrors and vanity light. DRINK. DRINK.
Well there you go. What’d you think of this little green girl?
I wanted to update you on our house remodel. The plan is to start the work next summer. There are a couple of reasons why we’re starting so early. The first reason is that our town has really, really stringent building codes and getting the City’s blessing is no small feat. So I want to get this done well ahead of time in case we run into any bumps.
The second reason we’re starting so early is because our budget is apparently small, which means it will be hard to get good contractor’s to take our job. I can’t tell you how annoying this is. Actually our budget is not small but because people around here have so much money our budget is small by comparison. By starting early, we may be able to get a contractor to accept our job because they’d rather take “a bird in the hand” rather than run the risk they’ll come up empty-handed.
We’ve decided on an architect, Bill. Bill did our friend’s house and their house is amazing. So it seemed like a no brainer to go with Bill, especially since the other two architects we interviewed weren’t the right…”fit”. The first architect we interviewed basically laughed at us for thinking we could do this project on our budget. A**hole. And the second architect basically ignored me and only spoke to Mr. Man during our interview — plus he had a MAGA mustache. No thanks.
Bill suggested we consult with a contractor before he begins drawing the plans. There are a few weird things about our house and he thought a contractor could give us a general sense if what we want to do is possible on our budget.
Today I met with a contractor and I’m happy to report that (1) he didn’t laugh at our budget and (2) he thinks our plans are great. One of the “weird” things about our house is the dampness in our basement. The contractor suggested we deal with that issue first before finalizing a plan. It’s possible the dampness is an easy fix and if that turns out to be true, that will save us tons of $$$.
Next thing to do is: bring in a foundation contractor to deal with our dampness and also have Bill start drawing. Yipee!!!