This is what a complete gut job looks like, if you’ve ever wondered. Also, it’s where we left off with the Dennis the Menace Flip.
See part 1: Dennis the Menace: Before
Not much left, is there? At this stage the entire roof was practically hanging in the air by temporary supports. Siding, windows, and most interior walls had to go; the deeper we got in the demo, the more we found. Eventually half the house would require re-framing.
The con: $$$ Money, Money, Money, Money $$$
Thankfully, the majority of these costs were accounted for … for the most part. Unfortunately, as we all know, money doesn’t grow on trees.
** It’s a good time to mention, we can’t preach enough to you the importance of buying right and having a contingency.
This house also proved an excellent canvas for education content, (ie: when you see this: assume you will need to repair this, this, and this.) Uriah may or may not have had a little fun with creating Instagram story videos.
The Pro: Improvement
There’s some satisfaction in leaving things better than you find it, don’t you agree? Although we 100% believe in NOT over-improving for a neighborhood AND always turning a profit, we also argue the eithical obligation to future homeowners and overall community to improve things where we can, even if it means a bit more money and or effort. Needless to say, we were excited about the opportunity to enhance the layout within our budget. The problem was coming up with the new plan.
Uriah told me the other night now he and Garrett stewed for hours over how to improve this layout. It wasn’t until a fellow flipper and friend shared his ideas that the new layout came to life … Thank you, Justin! Sometimes it takes new eyes and a different mind than your own.
If you remember from the Dennis the Menace: Before post, the house was a 3 bedroom, 1 bath home with a *tiny* kitchen.
With only 1000 sq. ft. to play with, you can only do so much about kitchen size, but this is what we ended up with:
Dennis The Menace House Flip: A New Layout
The new layout includes:
- 3 bedrooms, 2 bath
- A substantial master bathroom, ensuite
- Larger kitchen with hood vent and corner pantry closet.
- An eat in dining room
- Open living room
Lemons make lemonade, friends. While reconstruction carries multiple variables and stresses, it’s also part of what makes flipping houses so rewarding: to take something so broken no one would touch it to give it new life. This is work that matters.
What comes next?
Next, we’ll go over the design selections and a custom feature at the Dennis the Menace Flip!
In case you missed it, read part 1 here.