The Retro Ranch Reno was a quick flip that we only lived in for 6 months. It gave us our fair share of challenges, and after spending two months living in the basement while we renovated the main level we were overjoyed to move upstairs. In our short 6 months we made some serious improvements. Sadly we didn’t make any money and we ended up selling this house a bit too soon to come out ahead. The exciting part was that we moved cross country for a job that made it worth it.
On the exterior we replaced the garage door and we painted the brown trim black. We also replaced the front door and storm door and updated the front porch. I had two extra lights from when we updated the light fixtures at our last house, so I used those on this house. I got the metal house numbers made by a local metal fabricator and I LOVE them. I think it totally gives the house a more modern feel.
The minute you walk into the door you can see the dramatic changes. We started by replacing the front door and storm door. We also tore out the carpet and replaced it with laminate flooring. Before moving upstairs we scraped the popcorn ceilings and painted all of the trim white.
The kitchen saw some pretty drastic changes. We started by demoing the exisiting kitchen. Before we even closed on the house we purchased cabinets on Craigslist. Thankfully they fit and we installed the Craigslist cabinets and new appliances. Then we painted the cabinets (our fourth house where we painted white cabinets), installed quartz countertops, and added a mosaic tile backsplash. We also added a pantry into the hallway to create additional storage.
We started our bathroom remodel by planning a $1000 bathroom remodel with a mood board. First we installed a Black Plank Tile Floor (the same floor as our last house’s bathroom). After the grout cracked we re-installed the tile floor. Then we revealed our Affordable Modern Bathroom. I really loved the way this bathroom turned out, and was especially glad we added a second sink in here.
I never shared one detail from this room, mainly because I was frustrated to be decorating a room for our daughter whose adoption process is moving P-A-I-N-F-U-L-L-Y slow. In here we painted everything, replaced flooring, replaced the light fixture, and called it good. This was her second room that she never even saw.
The boys room involved a LOT of wallpaper removing. Then we painted everything, replaced flooring, replaced the light fixture, and hung some bamboo shades. It turned out to be a really sweet little room for the boys.
In the hallway we painted everything, replaced flooring, and added faux planking to walls. I should have taken a close up on the faux planking, but just trust me, it turned out really cool.
Down here we had to tear out everything and replace the pipes under the concrete. We ended up totally building this bathroom from the ground up in just a few days! If it hadn’t been for my dad’s help we never could have finished it. The faux planking added interest but also meant we didn’t have to tape any drywall seams or corners!
We didn’t get a chance to finish the basement, so we just painted the concrete floors and painted the concrete walls. It completely transformed the entire basement, and made it useable for just a few hundred dollars. In the guest bedroom we did install an egress window, making this space safe for overnight guests.
I wish I would have done a better job of photographing and blogging through the progress. Near the end though, life just got ridiculously crazy and it took everything in us just to get the house done. If you’re considering flipping a house it can definitely be a profitable way to earn a buck. In our auction adventure house we actually made enough to pay off our student loans. Just be prepared to spend a LOT of time and money, and be prepared to handle the unexpected! Even if you’re not interested in flipping an entire house, I hope this post proved that ANY space can be brought up to date and become a space you love.
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