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Spring the Flip – Week 8 & 9

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by to my blog.  I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in flipping.  In case you missed it, here’s last week’s adventure.  And as always, please feel free to reach out to me for design services.

How in the world has it been 2 months already!  It feels like time is flying by and at the same time slow as molasses.

So in week 8, I gave myself a birthday present & went to Brimfield with a friend & her new bundle of joy for the first time.  My littlest one & I had a blast.  Being ALL boy he loved the antique pedal cars.  Sorry kid but mommy can’t afford those.  I don’t usually lean towards antiques per say but I do tend to enjoy more industrial pieces.  I felt like I was walking through a museum of eclectic interesting things.  We saw a boat my grandfather would love, a table that I need … well because (which I didn’t buy), drafting tables & stools and much, much more. I really enjoyed seeing how some retailers show their items off in unique ways or pairings.  I’m not sure I would buy an eye painting but put a bunch of them together and it’s rather intriguing … or creepy, you pick.

 

 

I unfortunately didn’t find all I was looking for (mirror and shelf brackets at a reasonable price I’m talking to you).  I felt pretty good restraining myself from spending too much & walked away with only a couple of items.  One of which included this cute item which will be used to stage Spring once she’s listed.

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Ok now that I’ve bored you with antiquing, here’s the update on spring.

A LOT has happened.  you can see the full list below but here’s some picture snapshots.  My carpenter was hard at work on the exterior.  Stairs & deck framed & approved.  The flashing on the “doghouse” aka back door is now under the shingles instead of on top. The window sill by the new stairs which previously had a pile of dirt in front of it hiding the massive amount of rot on the outside has been replaced.  All rough inspections are complete.  Most appliances have been purchased from a place literally less then 2 minutes away from Spring.  I really wish I had known this place existed when I was doing my house.  I got a great deal on some slightly dented models.  I now have two locations with running water (huzzah).  And last but not least check out the cabinet by the front door.  Isn’t that awesome!  I felt that with this being a split entry, there really was no place to drop your shoes when you came in.  This is where the big Swedish furniture store came to the rescue.  It took me 10 minutes to assemble & my carpenter about 20 minutes to install.  It is supported by the studs & some extra framing in the wall supporting the stair.  I think the new owners are really going to appreciate having a place either display pretty things or a place to land their shoes right here.  Don’t you?

 

Last I leave you with this image from Spring’s front yard:

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Accomplishments these weeks:

  • Framing approval
  • Rough electrical approval
  • Rough plumbing approval
  • Rough gas approval
  • Back deck complete
  • Flashing on doghouse fixed & re-shingled
  • Misc shingles fixed and/or replaced
  • Three foot section of termite damaged sill plate on interior replaced (it was literally mush)
  • Insulation installed in basement
  • Concrete in basement bathroom area poured (hooray no more hole)
  • Sump pump & sump pump piping installed back in its proper location thanks to my handy father-in-law
  • Water meter hooked up
  • Gas meter hooked up
  • Outdoor spigot & washer water supply installed (finally water!)
  • And I cleaned, cleaned & cleaned (took the trash that had been collecting out & swept all the dirt/mud caked floors)
  • Purchased washer, dryer, stove, & fridge (no dishwasher purchase yet & the microwave seems to work)
  • Purchased a drywall hoist & hand cart for moving aforementioned large items
  • Started stripping the supply vent covers
  • Misc stuff (I’m sure I missed something)

 

More exciting things to come next week.  See you then.

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Spring the flip – Week 7

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by to my blog.  I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in flipping.  In case you missed it, here’s last week’s adventure.  And as always, please feel free to reach out to me for design services.

 

 

The first round of sanding has been wrapped up this week as well as starting to filling in holes.  However, until my HVAC system is fully functional I can’t plaster the larger holes due to the fact the house is still full of moist air.

 

After finishing up most of the framing in the basement, the carpenter added a door & started on the deck.  Isn’t it going to be so nice to be able to go to the backyard from the dining room?  As you can see there used to be a door to the backyard & a deck, but the previous owners decided they’d rather have a larger kitchen & fridge where the door was instead.  I think access directly to the backyard is crucial.

 

We permanently installed the sewage ejector pit (I know very photo worthy) thanks to the help of my father-in-law (jack of all trades).  I also helped my plumber out by installing the pipe that goes into the ejector.  File off the end of the pipe at an angle, Vaseline the end, stick it in the gasket, put some blocking in the ejector (to reduce movement) & on the end of the pipe (to prevent breaking the pipe), slam blocking at the end of the pipe with sledge hammer & voila, pipe is installed.

The insulation company insulated the attic which is nice to see.  We can’t insulate the basement yet until we get all our rough inspections.

And lastly, the random things that got done which included a louver getting installed in the attic, having my new toy (I mean) paint sprayer arrive, and lastly the saga of the bathtub.  So I originally tried to buy an overstock bathtub for under $100.  I unfortunately missed the sale but bought one that was only $10 more. It was supposed to arrive 2 weeks ago.  I’ve been calling every day since it was supposed to arrive.  Major retail box store didn’t know where it was …. It looked like it was at the distribution center but nobody could find it … So lucky me, they let me take home a tub they had on hand in the store for the same price I paid for the lost one, which ironically is the same bathtub I missed out on the great deal in the first place.  So here’s a tip, if you are buying a new tub, I suggest you get a tub that has the foam pad already adhered to the bottom.  It requires no setting in mortar and (after a bit of finagling and taking a small amount of drywall so it would fit) is relatively easy to install with two people.  And yes two women installed the new tub.

There was a lot of activity this week which is exciting.  One day there was even 5 or 6 cars parked at the house at once.  I like seeing all the activity & look forward to more.

Accomplishments this week:

  • Attic insulation installed
  • Rough framing in basement complete
  • Attic louver purchase & installed
  • Additional electrical outlets & switches in basement installed
  • Additional plumbing pipes for bathroom & washer/dryer installed
  • Tub finally arrived & installed
  • Back door installed
  • Back deck started
  • Sewage ejector installed
  • Sewage ejector pipe installed
  • First round of sanding complete
  • Some of the small holes in the walls upstairs filled in
  • Purchased & received my new Graco paint sprayer

More exciting things to come next week.  See you then.

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Spring the flip – Week 6

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by to my blog.  I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in flipping.  In case you missed it, here’s last week’s adventure.  And as always, please feel free to reach out to me for design services.

 

 

This week things are starting to shape up & bring Spring out of the “nothing works” phase.

 

The beginning of the week was gorgeous out so I decided to start with an outside task.  I had to call in the reinforcements for help on this.  The “yard” was so covered in vines, prickly branch thingys (yes that’s a technical term) that you couldn’t even grasp how big the yard was.

Before:

During:

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After:

The yard feels at least twice the size it was now!  There’s nothing a weed wacker & a chain saw can’t handle!

Also with help, I was able to remove the bathtub & prep the bathroom for the new tub scheduled to arrive next week.  I couldn’t believe how light the thing was.  Who needs strong contractor men when two woman can totally do the job!

And lastly the last photo worthy accomplishment HVAC system (minus gas & electricity) was completed (happy dance):

And last but not least, I leave you with this image:

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Accomplishments this week:

  • Heating (HVAC) system install complete
  • Dug out sewage ejector pit
  • Cut down a ton of vines, etc. & cleaned up the yard a bit
  • Sanded most of the walls upstairs in preparation for painting
  • Most of the remaining framing & soffits are complete
  • Purchased a sash replacement for broken window (that I found out from the neighbor was broken by the previous owners after they were foreclosed on).  I was super excited to find out that the windows are still under warrantee!!! All I had to pay for was shipping.

More exciting things to come next week.  See you then.

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Spring the flip – Week 5

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by to my blog.  I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in flipping.  In case you missed it, here’s last week adventure.  And as always, please feel free to reach out to me for design services.

 

This week the sub-contractors made significant progress. See the red & blue PEX?  Very exciting! The remaining ductwork was removed & a new furnace was “installed”.

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In the process of removing the old furnaces (yes there were two) we discovered that the there were CMU block open to the dirt underneath …. Why you ask?  No idea.  The furnace that was on top of this was, not shockingly, so rusted we could barely put it on a dolly to move it.  Both my carpenter & I made quick work of filling in a bunch of holes in the slab this week with concrete.  I learned that if the hole in which you are putting concrete into is already filled with water, you need significantly less water to make it concrete.  LOL.

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Spring also gave me several gifts this week including unopened package of panty hose, flip flops, one high heeled shoe, change, and my husband’s favorite legos.

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Prior to the carpenter getting to work, I worked on painting the steel columns with Rustoleum.  This paint color was a good less on how paint color changes as it dries.  I was a little concerned when it came out the can as magenta.  But it thankfully dried a beautiful brick color.  It’s too bad these guys will be buried in a wall when this is all done.  They look so much better.

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Later in the week I worked on smashy smashy.  I first was trying to neatly take off the bottom row of tile so I could pull out the bathtub to replace it.  The row above kept chipping unfortunately so all out it came.  I even enlisted the help of an awesome teenager to remove the ceiling.  Something about being too short to safely smash above my head.

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My friend & the same teenage son above helped me move the giant pile of dirt outside using buckets while I shoveled.  With the help of 2 other people, we thankfully made quick work of what would have probably taken me at 5 hours worth of work to do by myself.

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And last but not least ….. WALLS!!!

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After a bit of a delay, my carpenter is finally putting up the walls my subs need to finish their work.  I’ve very excited to see the layout I came up with becoming a reality. This is where the spaces start to feel real.

 

Accomplishments this week:

  • Rough plumbing is almost 100% complete
  • Finished putting up the Vapor barrier on all the foundation walls & under the locations for the framing
  • Rough framing is about 60% complete
  • Rotting framing removed
  • Bathroom tile & backerboard removed
  • Giant mud/dirt pile removed
  • Shower fixture ordered
  • Random holes in slab filled in with concrete
  • Sanded more walls upstairs

Whew that was a lot

More exciting things to come next week.  See you then.

 

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Spring the flip – Week 3 & 4

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by to my blog.  I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in flipping.  In case you missed it, here’s last week adventure.  And as always, please feel free to reach out to me for design services.

 

Sorry for the delay in posting this but the last two weeks my computer time has been consumed by taxes …. taxes … & more taxes.  Isn’t doing your own taxes fun? NOT!

Week 3 & 4 were filled with exciting demolition:

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And my plumber got to work.  Look no more crazy PVC elbow city:

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Also during the last few weeks I’ve been doing some domestic archeology:

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The alcohol was found in hidden in the ductwork.  The sign was buried in the bushes in the backyard.  I’m hoping the last one is Spring trying to tell me she appreciates the work I’m doing (“A Glimmer Of Hope”).

Lastly, I worked on starting to sand the upstairs walls in prep for paint.  Normally I wouldn’t bother with doing a 60 or 80 grit sanding on an already painted home but with Spring being empty with no heat & completely open to the environment in places in the basement, I wanted to make sure I got all the bubbles out of the paint before I painted. A lower grit paper will make quick work of anything it finds (as evidenced by the picture below).  My Ryobi & I go a long way back.  I have a special fondness for my orbital sander because it was the first tool I bought for myself (and not just borrowed from other people).  My husband didn’t see the use in buying one … so I just bought one anyway.  Boy was he wrong.  My sander & I have removed many walls of wallpaper together since then.  Normally, a good installation of wallpaper will require more then just an orbital sander.  Usually there’s a pretty extensive process to remove it, if it’s done right.  However, the key is if the wallpaper has been applied properly.  This was not the case at Spring.  It was cheap stick-on wallpaper bought at some major box store most likely.  The one down side to my sander is that I can’t get the filter bags to stay on it anymore (they just fly right off).  Because of that, I have to wear a filter mask, protective glasses, & I get to do lots of sweeping afterwards.  But that doesn’t really matter.  As you can see, it works just fine at sanding.

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In non-flip work if you missed it on my Instagram & Twitter feed, I visited one of my design projects in Dorchester that’s been coming along well.

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Add my grandmother’s funeral, holy week & taxes into the mix and it’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks.

Accomplishments these weeks:

  • Removed all major ductwork
  • Removed all copper piping
  • Removed all gas piping
  • Ordered lighting
  • Broke my father-in-laws $19 saws-all (oh wait that’s not an accomplishment)
  • Had Masssave come in & give me a quote (can only get the attic insulation & free light bulbs)
  • Started sanding the upstairs walls
  • Plumber started the drains for the fixtures
  • Walked 9.5 miles pushing two kids on Good Friday
  • Finished my Taxes

More exciting things to come next week.  See you then.