Brenna was a guest on the (RE)Source podcast, hosted by Jay Pitts of RE/Max.Read More
UPDATE: FLIPPING SCHOOL CINCINNATI 7/21-22 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Future sessions and locations TBD.
Have you been talking about flipping houses for years? Watching all the shows on HGTV and DIY Network? Driving around and re-designing ugly houses you see in your head? Well, maybe you should just shut up and flip a house already - bite the bullet and do the damn thing!
Want that last little kick in the pants you need to do it? We can help.
Join Wendy Doris of FlippinWendy Design and I at our next Shut Up and Flip a House Already Seminar -- aka Flippin' School -- aka F-School. It's like B-school, but way cooler ;) (and I've been through B-school - I can say that!)
Our next Flipping School is July 21-22 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We held our first house flipping class in Phoenix last month and it was PACKED with information. So much so that we went overtime and then ran out of time. We also realized there was even more information we could bring to our next class. In order to fit everything we want to share into the class, we have extended F-School to TWO DAYS.
Our immersive two-day class will cover all of the following and more:
financing options (we'll even go into your own situation if you like)
finding good crappy houses
evaluating potential flip properties
designing the renovation to receive maximum value and sell-ability
how to sell the home once it is finished
marketing and branding your new business
buying and managing an Airbnb property
The days are split between a relaxed classroom setting and hands-on site visits for real world evaluation with a contractor and Realtor.
F-School Tentative Timeline:
Saturday, July 21
9am - 5pm: Classroom (lunch, coffee and snacks included)
7pm: Dinner with open discussion (dinner included)
Sunday, July 22
9am - 10am: Potential flip property tour and evaluation
10:30am - noon: Potential flip property tour and evaluation
12:30-1:30: Lunch with open discussion (lunch included)
2pm-3pm: Finished flip tour and evaluation
With our F-School, you'll receive a copy of our ebook, as well as lunch and dinner on DAY 1 and lunch on DAY 2.
Flippin' School is hosted and instructed by Brenna Brooks and Wendy Doris. Throughout the weekend, though, we will have special guests stopping in to help deliver ALL the DETAILS. We'll be joined by a licensed contractor, a wholesaler and a real estate agent. We'll also offer a financier for your next flipping project.
There is a block of rooms available at a special rate just a half mile from our Flippin' School classroom. Details about the hotel will be sent after sign up!
F-School capacity is limited to 16 students. This class is set up to be just like our ebook: a casual, real talk, no-BS coffee shop chat. We want an intimate setting to make sure your questions get answered! With Brenna and Wendy as instructors and special guests also in attendance, F-School offers plenty of one-on-one attention.
To sign up for our jam packed two day Flippin' School, the cost is just $750*. But, bring a friend or two and you can take advantage of a 10% discount! Use code FSCHOOL10 at checkout.
The button below will take you to our Shut Up And Flip A House Already site, where you can purchase your seat for the class.
If you have any questions about class content, will this help you, logistics, etc. - feel free to contact me through my website, email or Instagram and I'll be happy to help! Wendy and I hope to see you there!
Read about part 1 here
If you watched Part 1 of the Power Home Series featuring Brenna, you'd know that she works for Power, a B2D2C (that's Business to Dealer to Consumer) agency in Louisville that specializes in home installed products. She's been helping them with their Home Series - a short video series that partners with different pros in the building and remodeling industry, to help Power's clients be even better at communicating with that niche of consumers.
Part 2 of the Home Series, filmed in our Canoe Lane property, talks about fixtures and how we find a dealer that we like working with, and why we choose both.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: many people are surprised to learn that flipping houses is on the side for both Barlow and Brenna. Barlow is supposed to be (cough) RETIRED (cough) from the manufacturing industry, and Brenna works full-time as a Project Manager in advertising.
WELL - it just so happens that Brenna works for Power, a B2D2C (that's Business to Dealer to Consumer) agency that specializes in home installed products. It turned out to be a perfect fit when Power asked her for help with their Home Series - a short video series that partners with different pros in the building and remodeling industry, to help our clients be even better at communicating with that niche of consumers. So with video camera in tow, we headed over to our Canoe Lane property to talk fixture selections, working with dealers, and more.
Check out Episode 4, part 1 of the Power Home Series here - and follow Power on Facebook and Instagram for more informational tidbits (and some shenanigans) from the home products world. Part 2 is coming soon!
I've posted this picture on our Instagram twice now. Both times, I've had several commenters accuse me of posting a "before and after" picture that is of two different rooms. I assure you, both pictures are of the exact same room.
So... wanna hear how and why the hell we did it?
I realize that there's a door in the bottom picture where there was a window in the top picture - it's because we added on a giant master suite to the rear of this property. Our first addition ever. And just in case we didn't have enough to manage on this renovation, we did another addition on to the front of the house as well. But that's another post for another day.
This house was a 3000+ square foot, 3 bedroom, 3 full bath home when we purchased it. All of the bedrooms were on the top floor, with the living areas on the middle floor, and a walkout basement with full living room and garage on the bottom floor. It's in a higher-end area of Louisville called Rolling Fields, adjacent to the highly desirable Country Club section of Indian Hills.
In this area, we knew we had to create at least a fourth bedroom - three bedroom houses don't sell in this area because it's almost all families with children. Additionally, the existing master suite wasn't going to cut it in this area and price range: it was a nicely sized room with hardwood floors and several windows - but the closets weren't walk-in and the bathroom was small, and only allowed for a 36" vanity and a good-sized stand up shower. Now, in another neighborhood and price range, this setup would be perfectly fine. But this property is located in a neighborhood where sales START at around $450k for the smaller houses needing tons of work, and go up to $1 million-plus. We HAD to meet the neighborhood "standards" or this house would never sell.
SO - we decided the best way to do this was to add a master suite onto the rear of the home, off of the living room. There was an unused, flat corner of the backyard that seemed like the perfect spot for it. Upon further inspection, it was definitely the place for it since all of the plumbing was in the rear of the house, and accessible by crawl space - making running plumbing to the addition about as efficient as it could get. I don't have official measurements/design drawings of the ground floor layout that the house had when we purchased it, but here's a quick sketch that is NOT to scale:
Hm. That drawing actually looks pretty decent and semi-to scale. First try too, woohoo! *brush my shoulders off*
Back to the addition, here's photos of the back of the house and the sunroom when we bought it:
(That glassed-in sunroom has been called a greenhouse, an old-school Wendy's, a natatorium, and some other adjectives that I probably shouldn't publish here.)
We knew the addition had to go in that corner between the glassed-in sunroom, which we wanted to keep the layout of, and the rear of the existing structure, so behind the living room. We measured a max length for the addition of about 28 feet long and 21 feet wide. We tried to design the layout on our own, trying to keep the bathroom as close as possible to the original structure to minimize plumbing work, but just couldn't come up with a layout that felt RIGHT. And in this neighborhood and price range (over $750,000 for this size house) - it HAD to be right. It wouldn't sell if it was a little weird.
So, we enlisted the help of Lesa Buckler from Details Interiors to help us come up with a layout - and she NAILED IT, y'all! Here's the layout that she created and we ran with:
So with this layout in hand, architectural drawings, a permit, and some decent weather, we set to work! The construction started in mid-April 2016 and lasted through July. Considering the scope of what we did, I'm shocked it didn't take longer!
The master suite that we added is a total of 540 square feet, with the bedroom being 20'10" x 13'0 with a huge vaulted ceiling. The master bathroom has two separate vanities, a linen closet, a large soaking tub, and a large stand-up shower. There are TWO large walk-in closets across from the bathroom. All of this is on a separate HVAC from the main house for maximum energy efficiency and comfort of the homeowners.
Bonus: Wanna see how big this bathtub is?
This addition definitely helped bring the house up to the standard that is required in Rolling Fields. I know I'm super jealous of it!
And finally, some more before-and-afters of the rear of the house to see just how much this really changed:
You can see more photos of the finished renovation over here.
Get the look! Click on any of the images below to view the exact products we used in this renovation. Disclaimer: Some may be affiliate links. If a product isn't linked, it's most likely either custom or it's staging that belongs to our stager and we don't know the source. As always, feel free to email us with any other questions.
Listing photos by Tim Furlong Jr., RealTourCast Photography
Staging: Jennifer Durenberger, Reflections of you, by Amy
Cabinetry: Wellborn Cabinet from Century Entertainment and Home Furnishings
Tile work: Shane Woods, Innovations in Tile
Custom Shower Glass: Cardinal Shower Enclosures
Rear sunroom glass and sliding doors: Patio Enclosures