Old homes present interesting problems, especially with the intention of flipping. One of the most common characteristics of homes built during the 1920-30’s is the lack of bedroom space. In the early 20th century, families typically spent their time together on the first floor and rarely retired to their bedrooms for anything but sleep. Living rooms and dining rooms were huge, but bedrooms and kitchens were tiny.
Today’s buyers, however, want space and lots of it. Master suites with an attached bath are huge selling points, but rarely seen outside of new construction.
With that in mind a quite a bit of space to work with, we’ve decided to do a little bit of rearranging on the second floor. The home has five bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the second floor, none of which are all that big. As you can see in the architectural drawing below (thanks, dad!), we’re turning the home into a four bedroom property.
The current plan is to create a large master bedroom that makes up the entire right side of the second floor. The cost in doing so was pretty nominal (demo two closets & build two walls), but I think it adds tremendous value and appeal to the property.
New entryway to the master bedroom, looking from the hallway. Closets used to separate the two rooms.
The Century Home we’re currently rehabbing has a wonderful mud room in the rear of the home, but it’s largely an empty space that is calling for a wonderful built in storage unit. In that we’re assuming a move-up buyer with 2-3 children will be buying this home when it’s complete, we thought it’d be appropriate to build a custom storage unit with both seating and ample storage for the kiddos.
Our inspiration is below. Which one do you like the most?
We’re officially on day 6 of construction at the Century House. So far, our HVAC contractor has been removing the existing radiators and associated plumbing in preparation for a whole-house forced air system. Our general trades will begin demo of the kitchen, bathrooms and a few walls on the second floor this week. We’re beyond excited to be in the full throws of rehab.
I stopped by the house earlier this week to take a few “before” interior photos. Below is a quick photo tour of what will, in 3-4 months, be a beautifully restored home in a storied neighborhood.
Note: The home was vacant for two years and was broken into by some punk kids, who decided to add a little bit of their own vulgar graffiti.
Butler stairwell and butler’s pantry off the kitchen. Both will be demo’d to increase the size of the kitchen by 40%.
Kitchen – cabinets and soffit to be demo’d this week. Increased square footage will allow for a center island.
Dining Room – love the coffered ceiling!
Looking down from the stairwell to the front entry. To the left, the living room. To the right, the dining room.
Center hall colonial – stairwell leading to the second floor.
HUGE living room.
The hardware in the home is tremendous!
Third floor. Will make for an amazing rec room.
Second floor hallway.
Current master bath.