I am not a designer. Managing construction timelines, staying on budget, yelling at contractors, buying them coffee and doughnuts when they work weekends, keeping our investors informed of progress we’re making – I can do all of that. But a designer I am not. In picking finishes, I rely on Houzz and my wife. Both are a good way to go over budget!
After a walk-through with my wife last weekend, she was rather impressed with the progress we were making – until she walked in the master bedroom. It lacked the “wow” factor she thought was needed to sell the house. “Spa-like” and “glitz” were two words she used to describe what the feel of the room needed to be; “boring” was how she described the current plan. Luckily, we were able to find savings on another part of the project, so we had a little money to work with.
So what’s better than a fireplace? This is the look we’re going for:
For the stone veneer, we decided to go with the Sierra Vista architectural stone from TileShop. The fireplace we’re using is the Dimplex Lacey. All told, this change order will cost us about $1800 in material, $400 for the fireplace and $1300 for the stone. …about $400.
I had our contractors put up cement board this weekend, as seen below. The stone and fireplace will be installed later this week!
Who knew holding down a full time job, flipping a house, managing a few rental properties, helping care for our newborn daughter (it’s mostly my wife), building a website for my father-in-law’s homebuilding business, managing a blog, trying to find some alone time for my wife and I, plus all of the other small projects that come up (tax season, ah!!!) would be so, well, time consuming? As someone who likes to have more on my plate than I can handle, even I didn’t realize it’d be this difficult! So you have to understand my apologies for not updating the blog as regularly as construction at the Century Home flip would allow.
So, let me catch you up to speed! We’re about a week behind our construction schedule, but overall the project remains largely on budget. We passed our electrical inspection last week and our plumbing inspection yesterday – remember, our scope of work called for all new plumbing and electrical in the house. With all of the rough work (incl. demo & framing) done at the house, we’re finally able to move on to the fun stuff!
Our drywallers will begin hanging sheetrock tomorrow and cement board is currently being installed in both of the bathrooms in preparation for tile. Tile! My father and I delivered about 3,000 pounds of marble floor and wall tile earlier this week, which is no easy task. The plan is to have both bathrooms tiled by the middle of next week. After that, we’ll be moving on to tile flooring in the kitchen, which still needs to be picked out.
To be sure, there is still on ton of work to do, but the finish line is in sight. At this point, it’s mostly picking out finishes – paint colors, light fixtures, countertops, etc.
Until next time!