If any of you follow me on instagram @heathercbanks and @retrospectiveaustin you already know this, but for those of you that don’t, here is the big announcement.We are flipping a house! This has been a long time coming - with Mike in new home construction and myself very into interior design and our past experience renovating our own hosues, we’ve long talked about doing this. We finally decided to go for it, and had been searching for a house for several months. We lucked into finding a cute house in central downtown East Austin that needed a LOT of work (a gut down to the studs) – and we went for it. We made an offer, they accepted. We almost backed out several times due to various issues with the house (unpermitted garage conversion) but I am so glad that we didn’t. The garage conversion added over 300sf to the house that wasn’t listed in the MLS, and all we had to do to permit it was pay to have an engineer assess the structure, write a letter, and have the city inspect it.
At this point in time we are about 11 weeks in with 3-4 more to go. The house needed new everything, so we took it down to the studs, put in brand new HVAC (it had only had window units), all new electrical, plumbing, windows, siding, roof, insulation, and drywall. It’s pretty much a brand new house, with old bones. We haven’t had too many negative surprises other than a wonky partial back wall that needed reframing, and a bad choice in hiring one person for the job (who is now finished and gone, yay!) Positive surprises have been the added square footage, and the original hardwoods that we found under the old linoluem! So I’d say the positives outweigh the negatives in this case
So far we have loved doing this and plan to do another – and are actively looking so if you know of any fixer uppers for sale in Austin, shoot me a message! firstname.lastname@example.org
I likely won’t be updating the blog really regularly regarding the flip, unless somehow I gain some more free time! However, if you want to see photo updates you can follow us along on instagram @heathercbanks!
Here is a sneak peak of some of my favorite elements of the house – the navy blue siding, custom metal railings, and white accents:
Here are a few before pics of the house from the day we closed!
Our design plan for the project we are calling Navasota is industrial modern – light and airy with metal and wood, and black finishes/fixtures in some places. So far it is really coming together in real life pretty close to what was in my head! Here is a snippet of our overall design inspiration.
Last but not least, I wanted to give a shout out to this company Sin In Linen who sent this adorable kitchen set (including apron pictured below on Z) because they thought it would look so great in my kitchen. And it does! Totally retro fabulous!