Hello my flip-loving friends! Today, I’m bringing you the next Friday’s Featured Flip: High St. I wish I could say that I was bringing you a spectacular flip after being away so long…but alas I can’t. Sorry. There are many things I like about this flip but just as many (if not more) things I don’t like.
Overall, I would give the High St. Flippers an”A” for effort, but a “C” for execution.
Let’s start on a positive note and talk about the single most brilliant thing these flippers did: they added a bedroom and bathroom without adding any square footage. This was brilliant for two reasons. First, it made the house more sellable; and secondly, because they really had to think outside the box to rejigger the layout to add both.
The house is on an extremely busy street and in a very rough neighborhood. To say this house is adjacent to a transitional neighborhood would be generous and possibly misleading. Therefore, they really needed to add something to this otherwise tini-tiny house to make it more appealing.
It’s hard to predict who the buyer is going to be. Based on the finishes, I suspect the flippers are hoping to attract a younger buyer because younger buyers usually have more disposable income and therefore spend more on houses than, say, the working-class families who are the more likely buyers for this neighborhood. It’s a big gamble, one that I think they are going to lose given how long the house has been on the market.
If I could buy this house, I’d do it in an instant but only because it’s a few blocks away from two of my most favorite places: Walgreen’s and Dick’s Donuts. Dick’s has the BEST donuts ever. I’m a donut aficionado and could write an entire ode to them so trust me when I say they’re the best. And I’m sure I don’t have to explain my love of Walgreen’s, right?
Front of the house: before
Front of the house: after
What these flippers did to the front of this house is your first clue to who these flippers are trying to appeal to. The color choices, shutters and side gate are all very HGTV/Pinterest. At the risk of stereotyping, it seems most working class families are less into that style than the younger-hipster sect is. The thing about it is I love both HGTV and Pinterest but I really don’t like any of the new elements. I particularly dislike the shutters (too small, the color is too orange and I hate the blue trim around them) and that they painted the “supports” dark blue. I definitely prefer the before.
Living room: before
Living room: after
There is a lot going on in this living room. Too much IMHO but I get how this could appeal to someone. I hope that the flippers took the time to put a cable and electrical outlet behind the mirror above the fireplace. As you’ll see it’s the only place to put a TV.
Dining Room: before
Dining room: after
Here is where I’ll talk about the biggest, most bizarre choice these flippers made: creating a long rectangular cutout between the dining room and living room. When I first saw it on the living room side I thought it was a mirror. I thought it was an odd staging choice, but then I realized it was not a mirror; it’s a pass through. What the f**k were they thinking? Did they really think that the pass through would make people think this was an open concept? I am dumbfounded.
The kitchen before was much bigger but I think they made the right decision to shrink it in order to add another room. I like a lot of the finishes (e.g. cabinets, back splash tile, and the butcher block top on the island) but I hate a lot about it too (e.g. pendant lights, the color they painted the island, and where they stopped the tile.) Also, they added the window over the sink. My guess is that they did this in order to have a window above the sink. There’s something off about the placement of the sink to me. I would have moved it. Maybe to the corner to the right of the stove? Hard to say.
I’m going to show you both bathrooms. The first one was the original bathroom and is the master bath. The second was created out of nothing. The bathrooms are very different from one another. How do you feel about that?
Master bath: Obviously the after is much improved but I can’t say that I appreciate the choices they made. I have two pet peeves about flipped bathrooms and this bathroom illustrates both. The first is when they do a small strip of tile around the sink. I get the advantages of putting tile around a sink rather than leaving the painted drywall but I’d prefer to see the tile go up to at least the bottom of the mirror. I know saving money is key to a success flip but I don’t think the labor and cost of putting a few extra rows of tile will break the bank and doing so makes the end result much more attractive.
My second pet peeve, is when there isn’t enough space in a shower to put all your bottles and soaps. When tubs are built-in (which most tubs after 1950s are) you have the corners to put bottles on. The flippers here took out a built-in tub and put in a claw foot tub. This means the little nook they built into the wall is the only place you’ll have to put bottles and soaps and it’s way too small.
How do you feel about the fact that they put in a claw foot tub at all?
Master bedroom: before
Master bedroom: after
Bedrooms #2 & #3: after
The flippers made one very interesting choice in Thebes’s backyard. Can you guess what it is?
Well there you have it. What do you think of this Friday’s Featured Flip? And the fact that I didn’t make one marijuana reference for this house on High St.? To be honest, I’m a little disappointed with myself…(head dropped in shame).