Shorty the Flip House: Exterior Reveal

April 20, 2017 | Before & After, Flipping, Shorty the fliphouse

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  Come back every Friday to see how this house, aka Shorty, progresses from week to week.  To catch up on the progress on Shorty, check out his previous posts here.  If you’re new here, (Hello!!!) you can find more about my 5 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride!!


After checking out the living spaces, the bedrooms, and the bathrooms, before I show off the kitchen, let’s pop outside and check out a bit of curb appeal.

The exterior of the house was literally the last thing to get finished.  First of all, the spring weather was less than cooperative with snow, rain, and cold that barely left us with a long enough stretch to do exterior work.  Add that too an exterior painter who kept changing his story which left us scrambling for someone to do a few repairs and someone else to refinish the deck with less than a week to spare.  Luckily, I have some great guys that I work with and my contractor squeezed the repairs into his schedule and my flooring guy found time to sand and stain the deck for us.  A bit too close to deadline than I like to be, though.  This time, it wasn’t some self-imposed deadline, though…. it was for selling the house!  If you follow me on social media, you’ve been let in on the secret: we closed on selling Shorty on Tuesday!!!  We never even officially listed and had an offer while we were still in construction a month ago!  **Happy dance!!**  Having the deck stained the day before closing, however is something I plan not to repeat.

Even with all the headache of getting the exterior redone, the result was worth it.  The house started as a bland beige box with trash everywhere.


With some minor exterior repairs, taming the jungle a bit, clean windows, paint, and new gutters Shorty looks so welcoming now!




The house feels like it has a bit more presence.  We didn’t add any square footage, but somehow it looks larger with the exterior refresh.



Much like the interior, the biggest impact was made with just clearing out the trash (and the neighbors rejoiced).



The back yard looks a bit safer for kids to play in now.  Shed and fence repaired, jungle tamed, trash cleared, and repaired/refreshed deck, all just waiting for the new owners to play and enjoy!


I’m excited to have handed the keys over to an excited young family.  It makes me so happy when I know that my buyers really love the house and appreciate the effort and care that has gone into the restoration.


After building anticipation all week, I hope you’re ready to see the kitchen tomorrow!  It will be well worth the wait, I promise!!





8 thoughts on “Shorty the Flip House: Exterior Reveal”

  1. OMG I thought the kitchen was today. I am dying!

    Amazing. It makes me so happy when people restore rather than destroy a lovely old house. In Chicago the old homes have been decimated. It’s really sad. And the new homes are cookie cutter condos or hideous Mansions on a 25′ lot.

    Bravo to you for salvaging. And leaving the quirks in place (i.e. funky features and odd spaces).

    And all while having a baby. You are super woman!

    1. I just posted the kitchen reveal :). My timing has been a little off my normal schedule because of a newborn, but I hope all the reveals are worth the wait!

  2. I absolutely love the blue you chose! Shorty is such a pretty house, what in the world was wrong with the previous owners that they had so much trash around and in it?! I’m very happy for the new owners that they have such a beautiful and elegantly designed home and very happy for you that you’ve already sold this house! Congratulations!

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