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Exterior Painting Complete

It was a humid sweltering week with temps near 100 and a heat index closer to 110 but we finally got the outside finished. I know it probably seems like it took a long time to paint this house, in fact it did. This was the most intensive exterior coloring I’ve ever done but after all the work I have to say it was worth it. Out of the 7 colors we only got to spray 3 with the airless so the rest was all brush work. There are so many details on the house and with each individual rafter tail getting painted as well as the 1×4 trim in between them a different color and with everything getting 2 coats you can image how much cutting in we did this week. The dark green rafter tails against the cream eaves is really neat and adds a lot of dimension. Thanks to Morgan Penix at DeWitt Architects, she came through for us again with this great color scheme. This week I was also able to get all the miscellaneous trim done that I never finished. I made vents, access doors for the crawl space and finished the skirt siding around the room addition. The rear porch still didn’t have its decking so I laid down some original style long leaf pine to match whats up front, I’m really happy with the way this back covered porch came out, another great historic style detail in our design. The icing on the cake had to be hanging the original window screens Saturday, they made such an impact.  I won’t stretch the frames with mesh as my new dual pane windows come with screens, they are only there for the cosmetic appeal and historic correctness plus they cover the modern energy efficient windows that lurk beneath. I was excited this house still had the screens in place, on the last 2 projects I actually had to hand make frames to get the historic look I needed. I think that everyone visiting our house flipping blog will see that we aren’t doing your average rehabs here, there’s a lot of intensive labor that goes into saving one of these historic homes, especially in the condition that we find them. It’s our mission to do these projects correctly and thoughtfully so these great old homes will serve the needs of todays buyers and be around another 100 years.

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  2. By enplaned on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    Outstanding. How does the rest of the neighborhood stack up? I’m guessing it must be pretty good — did you go after the “worst house in the best neighborhood”? — otherwise it wouldn’t make sense to bring the Target House up to such an excellent standard.

    Looking forward to seeing the completed interior and the landscaping. It’s shaping up to be your Texas masterpiece.

    Has anyone expressed interest in purchasing it in advance of formally putting it on the market?

  3. By Tom on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    The house is in a real established neighborhood along the popular Broadway corridor, although it’s a bit transitional, the streets are wider and homes way bigger than Mahncke Park where my last few projects were. There’s far less attention to this little 3 street subdivision but the residents just voted to grant it as a NCD meaning “neighborhood conservation district.” its not full blown historic where it becomes a pain to do anything but sort of a mini version where they can keep the integrity of the area. My immediate area is great, it’s something I weigh heavy on when deciding to do this. The house next door has been fixed up, great neighbor. Across the street there are 2 incredible homes. Up the street there’s a little multi-family but my immediate area is money. I dont want to give too much away but as soon as its done I’ll video more of the surroundings. We’ve had a little interest but with the street not being a cut through for commuters it’s kind of hard to find.. It was definately the worst house on the block, in case you missed the first video, my wife and I found this house by just driving around several years ago. I knew then what I could do with it and saw the potential, funny how I eventually got it too. Thanks!

  4. By Halbert on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    Looks great. I can’t wait for the inside reveal! Are you considering soapstone counters?

  5. By Tom on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Halbert. I’m going with granite or marble counters for the kitchen and baths. My pricing is incredible for this material and the utility factor is high so it works for my projects. I fabricate and install the granite/marble myself so it ends up costing only $15.00/s.f. Although granite has been popular now for so long and there’s been several new materials that have appeared, I still think most retail buyers like it and it helps sell houses. I’ll definately be dropping in another Farmhouse sink again. Thanks for following along.

  6. By Colleen McCoy on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    Great Job Tom…

  7. By Tom on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Colleen. We originally had visions of more color on the columns and railings but for resale felt it was better off white. More lemonade pitcher, down home Southern style. Cant wait to see it with the 2 ceiling fans we’ve got prewired and some chairs for staging.

  8. By Glenn Smith on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply

    Looking great Tom! I hope the future buyers appreciate the hard work and attention to detail that goes into your work. Looking forward to seeing the inside!

  9. By chris on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Great videos, love the vlog, I flip up here in BC Canada! Love your interior and exterior house colours! My next project wil be a trailer (mobile home) in a trailer court, reno and rent. Next will be an old timer, fix and flip!There is just tons of fixer uppers up here! Good Luck and have fun!

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