The next 2 months of building

A lot more progress was made in the next two months!

Here are some photos of the progress that was made after the first month of construction.

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home flip house renovation diy fixer upper

home flip house renovation diy fixer upper

 Here are some photos showing the progress after two months.

New windows were put in which are one of my favorite features of this house. They are Harvey windows and the window panes are inside the glass which makes them so easy to clean! They also tilt inside the house so I can easily clean the outside glass.

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You can see in this image that the original first floor front windows had to be moved to line up with the second floor windows. Also, you’ll notice that we had to remove a couple trees that were right up against the house.

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From the left side view, you can see a big block of cement. This was the fireplace that we had to remove. It would’ve been nice to keep but it didn’t work in its original spot.

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home flip house renovation diy fixer upper

So one of the unique things about the original house is that it was made out of cinder blocks as seen here and in an earlier post. We could’ve put siding over this to match the house but because this is our “starter home” and we wanted to cut down on cost, we decided to paint it to match the color of the siding.

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After Demo

With any flipping of a house, there’s going to be some kind of demo. This house got stripped to the bones!

Here is the front view after demo. As you can see, they removed the entire roof of the house so we could put a second level to the home.

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Front left angle view…

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Here’s where their dining and living room were. This will become our living room and office.

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The Start of Our First Home

While we were engaged, we not only were planning our wedding but, we had the exciting opportunity of buying our first home and flipping it.

They say you need vision when deciding to flip a house and boy did we need it with this one. Here are the before pictures…

This is the front of the house, view from the street and end of the driveway.

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Here is the right side entrance from the driveway.

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This is the back of the house.

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This is the left side of the house.

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Finally, this is the front of the house, straight on view from the sidewalk.

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The house was previously owned by an elderly couple and the man built it himself. He basically built the whole thing out of cinder blocks and it is partially underground. So as you can see, we needed some serious vision.

Our Wedding – August 2010

Well, here goes my first ever blog post – our wedding!

We had all of our pictures done by Travis Blake at whitelighthousephoto.com

My dress was pretty traditional. It was an a-line with a very slight heart-shaped top and ruching at the waist. I bought my dress from David’s Bridal. Here’s a close-up of the beautiful detailing it had.

the dress

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My flowers were done by Erica at Lilac & Lily Floral Design and Event StylingIt was a blend of white roses, purple cala-lilies, and orchids

my beautiful bouquet

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Just as I was getting into the limousine to head over to the church, the ice cream truck went by so I had to get a picture in front of it.

photo in front of the ice cream chuck :)

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The church…

the church

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The details inside the church: we kept it pretty simple. I bought ribbon from Michael’s that matched the bridesmaid dresses perfectly. We used the ribbon to tie on little berry sprigs in jars and alternated them with a nicely designed paper graphic that my sister designed.

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The groom and groomsmen…

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I had my two nephews as ring bearers. Aren’t they adorable?! 🙂

adorable nephews

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Here we are at the altar…getting ready to say our I-do’s. I just love the flower arrangements!

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The kiss…

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Formals with my husband’s fam…

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Formals with my fam…

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Here’s one of my favorite formal shots of us…

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The bridal party…

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More formals…

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The cake: we got our cake from Darby’s Bakery. I was very particular on the taste; it had to have the real sweet, buttercream frosting…none of that whipped cream stuff. It was delicious and they did a beautiful job on the designs and our florist added the beautiful hydrangeas.

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Our first dance…

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