Nessie the Flip House: Reveal Part 3!!

January 19, 2018 | Before & After, 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!!  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!!  *This post may contain affiliate links*


So far today I’ve shown you the transformation of the outside, bedrooms, bowling alley, and bathrooms, but now I get to show you my favorite part of all and the spot that will sell this whole house:  the open concept living area and kitchen!!


The space before was closed off and pretty dark.



Not so dark anymore!  With one wall missing and new recessed lights throughout this house doesn’t feel sleepy any longer.



From the front door you can see all the way into the kitchen.  Just as I was hoping, that backsplash tile is a show stopper!



You may have seen on instagram about my happiness in finding JUST the right table for my new dining bench.  With the PERFECT dimensions, and a side that drops down to consolidate even more space, I had thought I missed out because someone beat me to it.  Luckily their inability to pick it up in a timely manor lead to me getting a message right after the movers dropped off the rest of the staging furniture.  It was meant to be!



Seriously, though, a table like this was exactly what I had in mind when I was planning the bench.  I’m not sure anyone saw my vision on that one while we were working on the house- everyone seemed surprised that I wasn’t doing a breakfast bar at the counter, but I had bigger plans.





THIS kitchen is the reason that I don’t do cookie cutter kitchens in my flips.  You need to give buyers something to fall in love with!  In this house, it wasn’t going to be the square footage, or spacious bedrooms…. it is the kitchen.  And it wasn’t before:






I really hope it is now!  I’m in love with this kitchen… but I say that about every new kitchen that I design.  Either the newest is always the favorite because it’s the freshest in my memory, or I keep trying to outdo the last… probably a combination of the 2!




It was an awkward space to start with, but by shuffling the stove and sink, I was able to open up the floorplan a bit.  The only thing I usually try not to do that I had to do was put the sink in front of a wall, but it was the best spot 100%.  What I did to make up for the fact that whoever is at the sink would be staring at a wall is to give them a wall-hung herb garden.  It is currently sporting mint, rosemary, and parsley.  Yum!




Now that I’ve shown you all the before and afters, and you’ve hopefully fallen in love with this latest house, it’s time to sell her!!!  Between the awesome kitchen and the spacious entertaining space in the bowling alley, I hope someone falls head over heels!  If you know anyone looking for a new home in the metrowest Boston area, Nessie is up for sale with an open house Sunday!!


Kitchen Sources:

Cabinets // Backsplash! with Raven Grout // Vent Hood // Sink Light // Herb Garden // Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray mixed at 50%


12 thoughts on “Nessie the Flip House: Reveal Part 3!!”

  1. This is gorgeous.

    I am going to do something similar with my breakfast bar. I have no dining room. Great idea for a small space. And storage underneath? Amazing. Brilliant.

    I looked at the listing. Your uber hubs left out the amazing back yard in the description. That is a huge selling point. It’s winter, but the outdoor space is one of the best aspects. Plus, you can pay homage to the septic system out there. ???

    I would struggle to figure out what to do with the lower level of the entrance. I like the two sitting areas set off by two rugs. I might put an armoire on the trunk side for coats and shoes and that crap. Maybe some plants. On the other side, I like the your seating idea. Maybe big cushy chairs for reading. Or the like. A chess table between two comfy chairs. Maybe there isn’t space. You have a great sense of style!!

    I love that you painted the stair riser white because I would trip on it every time I walked in. I am a klutz.

    That kitchen is a marvel to behold. Truly.

    Where do you store all of that fab furniture? Do you offer it as part of the sale?

    I could gush for days. Can’t wait to see what’s next. You are so talented!!

    And I was Claire Beauchamp way before Outlander!

    1. Thank you so much Claire! I definitely was trying to back as much usability and storage into that dining/living area as possible!! We have a storage unit (actually 2 right now, but trying to consolidate…) where we store staging furniture and tools and such. It’s cheaper to buy off craigslist and then store than it is to rent furniture oddly enough!

  2. I love your work! I’m a Nurse who has wanted to flip houses for years. A health challenge has me look at other career options. What should be my first step?

    1. Thank you! I can’t say it’s an easy business- the numbers really have to work out for us to put an offer on a house. I’d say the first step is always numbers! Look at homes in your area- what do refinished houses go for? What about houses in need of renovation? We have the best luck with estate sale homes and foreclosures in order to buy the houses low enough for a profit. Hope that helps! Good luck!

    1. I owe you guys updates on everything!! I’ve been so busy these past few months but I need to get back into the swing of posting. Inside info? Nessie should be sold as of next week, but we don’t have the next flip on the horizon yet. Plenty of client make-overs happening though as long as I remember to take pics 😉

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