Meet Nessie!

July 28, 2017 | Flipping, nessie the fliphouse

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  Check in each Friday to see weekly update of how this house progresses!  To catch up on the progress on Nessie, check out her previous posts here.  If you’re new here (Hello!!!),  or just enjoy walking down memory lane, you can see my 6 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride!!

Sorry for the late post today, but I wanted to wait until we officially signed the paperwork!!

Meet Nessie!  That’s right, “Nessie” won the popular vote.  If you’re already confused/new here… we’re the flipping weirdos who name each house.  Clark, Frankie, Grover, Millie, Dori, Shorty, and now Nessie.  Most of the time, the name has to do with the street it’s on.  This one got her name from the fact that it’s by a pond and on Lakeview Rd.  Not exactly Lock Ness, but still a catchy name ;).

Nessie can use some love and a healthy injection of character, but she’s got great bones and an even better location!  I really REALLY *REALLY* want to add a front porch, but it’s looking like that would require going in front of the zoning board and may take months for approval.  I’m going to look into it more and cross my fingers and toes that I can make it happen within our timeframe (and budget).

First thing will be a septic system.  Luckily for us, the sellers already did the legwork on this one, so we’re hoping this will actually get started next week.  After the yard gets dug up for that there will be some serious landscape grooming/updating.



On the inside, I’m in love with the giant, solid front door, but the entry leaves some to be desired.

The living room has an awkward lower front portion which was originally the bungalow front porch.  We plan to raise up part of that floor, eliminate one column, and open this room up to the kitchen. (Wide angle shots from the real estate listing… the room’s not quite as big)

I, of course, need to work my magic on the kitchen:

And a little more magic in the bathroom, including adding a window:

The bedrooms are going to need some reconfiguring- adding a closet in one, adding a window in another, and borrowing some space from a closet in the 3rd.

In the basement, we’ll be refinishing the paneled ‘bowling alley’

and hopefully adding a half bath into the laundry room at the bottom of the basement stairs

Such a blank slate!  I think this is going to be a fun project and I can’t wait to really dig in!!




8 thoughts on “Meet Nessie!”

  1. Looking forward to another great flip! Why does this house have just one small window next to the front door on the right side? I’m perplexed. 🙂

  2. I’ve found my way to your blog via the post card you mailed to the folks who live on Lakeview Road. I’m curious to see what you’ve got in store for this property. I think, if no one has told you already, that you’ll be interested in a bit of history about the neighborhood around the pond. You may have noticed that it’s a bit more eclectic than other areas in our town. 😉
    Check this out:
    Also, there are two, relatively recent restorations nearby. One is on Dudley Road and the other on Sunset Road. I think you’ll know them when you see them (both are one story, small houses with detached garages).
    Finally, I would be remiss in not recommending that you have a drink and take in the view from The Chat.

    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you so much for sharing the history of the neighborhood!!! I love finding out the stories behind houses :). I’ll have to make sure I pass by the restorations and maybe get a few ideas!

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