As my flipping sabbatical came to an end, I felt the itch to tackle another flip. It took several months of looking at neglected homes, writing offers, driving by homes, touring many dirty homes, and sending lots of direct mail before I finally purchased my next flip. It took several months to find the home, and I finally found it through a direct mailer I did. This Orange Tudor fixer upper has so much potential, but needs a lot of work.
Tudor Fixer Upper House
The Design Plan
This home was built in the late 60s/early 70s. Over the decades, it’s been haphazardly updated with some bizarre finishes. The color choices are bold & random, the accents are very specific & detailed, and overall the home was just begging for some TLC.
One of the largest rooms in the house is the formal dining room. Even though formal dining rooms aren’t always a desired asset for most of today’s buyers, it won’t be possible to open up any of the walls. So it could be used as an office, play room, or remain a formal dining.
One of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen in a house is a design choice the previous owner made. When the house was built, there was a 3/4 bathroom attached to the master bedroom. The previous owner decided to wall-off access of that bathroom from the master bedroom, remove the shower, and make the access via the dining room. One of the most important changes I’ll be making is converting this back to a master bathroom & adding a shower back. This will not only increase value, but it will increase appeal to buyers to have an additional full bathroom.
When the previous owner walled-off access to the bathroom, he did a complete remodel. Besides removing the shower, he chose some very specific & elaborate design choices. The stone tile, hunter green toilet & vanity, gold chandelier and gold filigree ceiling accents are certainly not in line with today’s design! This room will go through a major overhaul- top to bottom!
The living room is pretty large and in great shape. The real wood paneling is actually staying but getting a minor face lift. The same for the tile & fireplace. While I’m not a fan of tile in the living areas, it’s in good shape & neutral in color, so I’m going to make it work. The ceilings, walls, and fireplace will all get fresh paint to modernize this room.
In addition to lots of paint, this room will finally get a light fixture! Part of the dated design is that there is no overhead lighting, so my electrician will be adding a ceiling fan. The slider glass door which is broken & leaking will be replaced with a new, vinyl door.
The eat-in kitchen will be completely redone as well. It will be taken down to the studs, new windows added, potentially a bench seat built, shiplap added, and new lighting. The wood paneling makes this whole house feel dark, so my goal is to add as much light & bright design to the space.
The galley kitchen isn’t massive, but it has potential. As usual, I’ll be working with the existing cabinets. The same tile from the living room runs through the kitchen & laundry room, so I’m making it work. The cabinets will get a fresh coat of paint, new hardware, and a new backsplash added. I will remove some of the overhead cabinets to make way for a stainless venthood. The original electric range is odd sized, so my cabinet guy is going to work to widen the space with the existing cabinets to fit a standard slide-in range.
The laundry room is open to the kitchen and pink…very pink. The pepto pink walls are accented with gold trim and a crystal chandelier. I told you- the previous owner made some very specific design choices!
The three bedrooms in this home are all needed some TLC. The carpet is stained, frayed, & filthy. The paint is discolored & faded. And for some odd reason, all of the bedroom doors were replaced with glass paneled doors. The rooms will get fresh paint, new doors, new light fixture, and new carpet.
The “office bedroom” was designed with lime green trim, blue walls, and painted squares on the walls. Again, the design was interesting. I’ll tone down the colors and make this space more neutral.
The master bedroom is painted lilac & has non-working pendant lamps hanging from the ceiling. I’ll be removing the carpet, painting the walls, ditching the pendant lights, and most importantly, adding a doorway to the master bathroom!
The hall bathroom was remodeled by the previous owner at some point. I’ll be keeping the tub and granite tile surround, but everything else will get a face lift. The black granite floors will be busted up, the oversized vanity will be replaced, the walls will be painted, and a new mirror & lights will be added as well.
The house has a larg fenced backyard, so I’ll be staining the fence to freshen it up. The entire exterior of the house will be painted, and the storage building will also be painted.
Overall, the timeline is 1 month. I hope to have this done and on the market by April 1. There are so many big & little projects that have be completed, and, as always, everything will be dictated by the budget!