Today’s Friday’s Featured Flip is a lovely little flip and a good case study of neutral finishes and restraint. The exciting thing about this flip is that it’s SOLD!! Stay tuned to find out how much it sold for. Plus, I’m so excited because finally one of these flips is on a street with a name that could actually be a first name, Henry. So this flipper will be called “Henry”
As you can see Henry added 105 sq. ft. and a bathroom — a master in-suite in fact. He accomplished this by closing in a dining room and extending the eat-in kitchen into a sun-room. Personally, I love houses with separate dining rooms and probably wouldn’t buy a house if it didn’t have one but I’m not sure most people would feel the same way. In fact, I think the majority of people would be fine with the extended kitchen/family room situation Henry created.
Setting aside the question of whether creating a master bath outweighs eliminating a dining room, I think in this house it was a good idea because of the neighborhood.
This house is in an incredibly rough neighborhood that is trying hard to become transitional. They have a rough road ahead of them to achieve that but they have one thing in their favor: easy access to the City. To get to the City, you only have to walk one block and get on a train where the next stop drops you into the City. Traffic getting into the City is unpredictable and can be horrendous. Living here, you’ll get to the City in 10 minutes no matter when you go.
All of this is to explain that the buyer of this house will probably not be a family. I suspect the buyer will be a young-single professional who’ll want to rent rooms to other young-single professionals, which makes the extra bathroom the smart choice. Two bathrooms means the owner/landlord has his/her own bathroom.
Alright, enough yammering. Let’s get to picture-time.
Here you’ll get your first glimpse of the neutral-ness of this house. I like the house color and the crispy white trim and how it enhances the original detailing along the roofline over the porch. The real genius move here was adding the garage. It appears that they created it out of nothing, which I have to guess is expensive, but a clever move.
Living room: before
Living room: after
The big change here came in taking down the wall separating the living room from the entry way. I think that was a good change but I would have put in a pony wall (i.e. half of a wall, usually starting from the ground and going up 3-4 ft; don’t ask me why it’s called that?!) at the front door. That way you could put a chair across from the couch and also create a more defined entry way.
I’m obsessed with the wall color. Is it gray? Green? Beige? Or maybe a combination of all three: braen? (“Braen” is a trademark of “They Caller Flipper”, patent pending…Ha!) Whatever the color is called, I think it was a great choice for the space, which they ran throughout the space.
It was a fairly large, open feeling space before but Henry squished it and added a eat-in area and small family room. I don’t think a 1000 sq. ft. house needs a family room when creating one makes the kitchen so small, dark and cramped. Though if I’m right about who the buyer will likely be, a separate family room may be attractive.
Throughout this house, you’ll notice soffit ceilings. I think they’re there in order to accommodate the HVAC or lighting system but it happens in so many rooms, it gets annoying. The worst soffit is in the kitchen because it closes in the space even more.
Henry broke my heart a little by ripping out a bunch of original detail throughout the house. So much so I couldn’t put the “o” in original. Most of it was taken out of this room. #forgivebutneverforget
How do we feel about vessel sinks and hand towels above the toilet? The vessel sink I can live with but the hand towel rack kills me and will kill you too. Twenty-plus years ago, I saw a program that showed the plume of poop-particles that blows up and out of the toilet when it’s flushed and the lid is left open. It really f**king grossed me out and all these years later I still remember it, and have never been able to keep anything around the toilet. Consider this your Public Service Announcement.
Front bedroom: before
The bedroom portion of this tour is pretty boring. Stay with me…
Front bedroom: after
Henry only showed two bedrooms in the after. Your guess is as good as mine which of the bedrooms from before is the master.
I prefer the way the backyard looked before, including the crazy yellow bathtub. The organic path around the large tree in the middle of the yard broke up the very angular space.
What couldn’t be improved, unfortunately, is how many apartments look down into the yard.
Are you ready to find out how much this property sold for. Drum roll, please…