Dori REVEAL part 1

October 9, 2015 | Before & After, Dori the fliphouse, Flipping

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  My latest flip house, Dori sports the 3 L’s in real estate, but needed more than a bit of creativity to make the house sellable. You can find more about this house and about my 4 previous flip houses here.

It’s my favorite time in each flip- REVEAL TIME!  Today I’ll show you the transformation of the exterior and the bedrooms.

First the outside made quite a change.  It wasn’t exactly an eyesore before, but it really had approximately ZERO curb appeal.


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Dori Ext Before 1

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It’s the same house, I swear!

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And the backyard before …


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And now so much cleaner and more open.  The old barn and overgrown wisteria are no more and there’s a wide open place to play with a new slider for direct access.

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Heading inside, let’s hit the bedrooms first.  If you haven’t been following along, the inside recap is pretty much everything is new except the structure.  There was really NOTHING worth keeping.

Small bedroom #1:



That before makes me shudder… thankfully now…..



The other small bedroom made just as drastic a change:

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Say it with me: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh




And last on our bedroom tour, but certainly not least, the master….. started off cozy and welcoming, right?



And NOW??



Doesn’t she look awesome?  I knew this cute little house was hiding somewhere under all that crap and paneling!

Check back Monday for the next part of the reveal!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

5 thoughts on “Dori REVEAL part 1”

  1. Wow, what a difference. I am enjoying following you through this process and I really admire your design savvy and guts to do this all on your own . Just keep it up so I can live vicariously though you. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have lots of great buyers!

  2. It looks soooooooo fresh !!! I agree with you, NOTHING worth keeping!!! What were we thinking back in the 70/80’s with the fake brick! Ha! Love following your progress! You are doing such an amazing job and I would not hesitate buying a ” flip house” from you. You are doing it the right way.

  3. It’s a terrible tragedy that you had to tear out those *gorgeous* (NOT!) built-ins and the faux brick wall!

    It looks great. I wish I lived there because I would buy it. The lot is beautiful. In Chicago, the house would have been torn down and a mc mansion built in its place (ick). Much better to fix up what’s there. You are getting good at this! And, it was obvious that you stepped back on this one.

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