Hey friends! This post has been a LONG time coming! Actually about a year! Around this time last year my parents purchased their London Road Historic Flip House. Honestly, it was in such sad shape that even I wasn’t sure if they could turn it around! One year later though they’ve put in tons of blood, sweat, and tears, and it’s coming around! Today I get to introduce it to you and also share their progress!
This house is in Duluth, Minnesota on London Road, which is a prominent historic road with tons of mansions and gorgeous homes. It is runs along Lake Superior and this home has lake views from the third floor. My parents have flipped a few houses in Duluth and last year I shared their Hillcrest House with you all. Until now though they were mostly all cosmetic. This house was a WHOLE different story! The exterior alone would have scared off most people! Now it’s an eye-catcher versus an eye-sore! Don’t you just love the black accents my mom used?
I should mention… this is hardly a “flip”. Can you really call it a flip when so much love and attention has been put into restoring every detail? For example, here’s these front doors…can you tell how much time my mom spent with paint stripper and a heat gun? She’s put SO much work into this but doesn’t it look amazing?! A flip probably would have torn them out and replaced them with ugly cheap builder grade doors. Maybe I should call this their “loving restoration” rather than their “flip”??
Then there’s the tiny kitchen with multiple doors that had to stay. It didn’t have a dishwasher and wasn’t making use of the tall ceilings. My mom worked with a kitchen designer to come up with a plan to make use of every inch. Actually the new quartz countertops are being installed today! Don’t these beautiful cabinets look like they could have been here from the start?
In order to give the kitchen a bit more wall and cabinet space they had to close off the two sided stairway, but it still looks awesome. Here is the view looking into the dining room and kitchen from the living room.
This big open living room is amazing. Especially now that they got rid of that orange carpet and refinished the original hardwood floors!
On the second floor they turned this space with a dresser into a tiny en suite bathroom! Now the home has two bathrooms versus the one that it started with.
All of the bedrooms had carpet and wallpaper, which they have completely removed now! This week my mom is busy painting EVERY wall, baseboard, and door a nice coat of “Simply White”.
They’re keeping this adorable garage, but adding a driveway, a new roof, and they’re going to be able to keep the carriage doors but add modern openers to them! I have to share this paver patio that they built because my 10 year old son spent a week with my parents hauling pavers for my dad to build it! He earned $100 and bragging rights, and also is learning some valuable DIY skills at a young age!In a few weeks I’m heading to MN to help my dad with a ton of tiling projects. We’ll be tiling bathrooms and backsplashes! Hopefully I’ll be able to share some even more updated progress shots then! I’ll leave you with one more picture of this little kitchen. I just love these cabinets so much.
Everyone is always asking where I get my passion and drive to refinish homes. After seeing this project I bet you can see! Growing up my parents were always working on projects and I only wish I would have paid more attention to the details! I’m so thankful that they taught me hard work and dedication, and that they’re always a phone call away when I’m facing a tough DIY or design decision. Their support has always given me the confidence I need to tackle big projects. Thanks for stopping by to read today and following along on this project!
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