Nessie the Flip House: Week 5

September 1, 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!!


Guess what!!  It looks like we’re finally getting a building permit!…… Tuesday.  BUT this week we did get very important approval from the health department to add a powder room into the basement.  This will be a game changer for the house and what we’ll be able to sell if for once it’s done!

I’ll be adding a toilet into the existing laundry area and finishing the space so it’ll be a spacious powder room/laundry room.  It’s not so good to start with, so really anything will be a huge improvement!


It’s new configuration will include fancy things like a toilet that pumps up to the septic system, a sink with an actual cabinet below, and a pocket door.



Since the finished basement room- affectionately called the ‘bowling alley’- is right off this space with doors to the back yard, I see this bathroom getting a lot of use.  While it’s not going to be totally pinterest perfect because I plan to use the existing, non-matching washer and dryer (oh the horror!!), there are so many awesome laundry rooms to get inspired by.  I’m already jealous that my own laundry area is in a non-finishable area of my dingy, 117 year old basement.


I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head that I need to organize and figure out the look of this bathroom, though.  I’ve been concentrating on the upstairs design plans until I knew this bathroom would be a reality.  I finally ordered the kitchen cabinets yesterday (BLUE!!!! 🙂  ) and have the upstairs bathroom 80% planned.  For the upstairs bathroom, I’m totally inspired by Sarah Sherman Samuel’s bathroom– I’ve been itching to use a giant round mirror in a design and I think this might be my chance!


Next week, we should have a building permit, a wall gone, demo complete, maybe even rebuilding beginning, AND I’ll share my design plans for both bathrooms.  It’s been my slowest start to a flip yet, but this house is FINALLY starting to build momentum!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!



4 thoughts on “Nessie the Flip House: Week 5”

  1. Love the mirror, hate the sinks. Saw a very cool faucet in a vrbo in Portland. It has a mixer lever, single handle, and a wide flow faucet that looked like an old fashioned pump spout. It went into a regular one piece sink/ counter, but looked really upscale.

    1. I’ll be drawing inspiration from that image although not copying it. that includes doing a different sink than she has. I’ll be showing my plan at the end of this week 😉

  2. Hello,
    Love your designs and the posts you share!

    I have a question about the building permit. How much documentation is needed for the remodel/installation of this basement bathroom and laundry room area? Do you just fill out a form with a description of the changes or do you have to have designs/layouts? The permitting process is not discussed on most blogs so any info is appreciated. No need to cover all possible scenarios since every house and building department is different. Just what it took for this house or bathroom work. Thanks, Maria

    1. Hi Maria,
      The permit process really depends on the town and how involved a renovation is. Usually it just includes filling out an application with info and a description of the work for basic work (aka replacing cabinets in a kitchen) but the more involved, the more documentation they want to see. Since we’re taking down a wall and trying to add a bathroom, they wanted to see plans, structural calculations, and needed health department approval. Larger towns are faster at reviewing the permit applications, but since this town doesn’t have a dedicated building inspector and the commissioner is doing it all, he’s a bit backed up with the permit reviews unfortunately. The only other house that I had to wait more than a day or so for a permit on was Dori because the building inspector in that small town was on vacation for 2 weeks.

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