It’s happening y’all. DanO, my in-laws and I are going to renovate a house in Maplewood, Minnesota.
As we get deeper into this, I plan to post about our progress (or lack thereof?) on here each Friday. So welcome to the first edition of Flipping Friday! As long as I manage to stay out of the fetal position, I am hopeful that this will become a thing around here. In my biggest, shiniest dreams, DanO may even guest post on Fridays from time to time about the flip. You know, in his free time.
Or maybe we will just be napping instead. I can’t be sure.
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Right now, the house is a 1950’s rambler with an unattached garage that was at some point attached to the house. Later on in the house’s life, said garage was quasi-converted from a garage into living space. It’s a little ad-hoc.
The floor plan looks like this:
(Ugly bedroom is a technical term.)
The listing called it a 4 bedroom house, but really, the bedroom that used to be the garage still very much feels like a garage (carpet and carpet pad over concrete doesn’t really scream cozy). And plus? There’s no garage. So.
We have big plans. Big Plans. Ever since walking into the house, we knew it needed more space and it needed the garage back, so we are taking it up a level. Literally.
The new ground-floor plan as of right now (because let’s be honest, until the 2x4s are up, the walls could be changed) is this:
And the second story will contain a master suite, another bathroom, and two additional bedrooms. Ah like so:
It only took us 11 bajillion hours of various architecture software, tracing paper, and brainstorming to find something that had good flow and all of the elements we wanted to include. We will submit these plans to the city today (since we finally own the property!! Woo!) and who knows, we could be swinging sledge hammers by nightfall.