Pittsburgh South Hills House Flip, Before and After

Pittsburgh House Flip

My boyfriend has been hard at work this winter! He’s just completed another house flip here in Pittsburgh, his fourth!  I’m so very proud of him (tearing up writing this). He’s really getting into the business of flipping small, outdated homes , and revitalizing them for rental. It is so nice to see him meeting the challenge of transforming a neglected space into an actually habitable house for a family to call home!

The latest house is in the Crafton area of the South Hills on a charming little street. It’s surrounded by sweet, well-kept homes, but was the black sheep of the street. It was definitely a terrifying buy. I won’t subject anyone to any of the horrifying details, or pictures – but this home was previously home to a hoarder. It took the expert work of a junk cleansing team many hours, and a full dump trunk to clean out the space to even begin to start construction.

This is Phil’s most intensive renovation to date with: a brand new kitchen, updated bathroom, all new windows throughout, a few new doors, new flooring throughout, new central air, and all new lighting among the other cosmetic updates throughout.

Check out the before and after shots below to see the dramatic transformations for this Pittsburgh house renovation! Make sure to tell Phil how amazing he is 🙂

 

The Entrance

One thing I love about this home is the curved transitions between rooms and the molding around the window frames.  The before state was just outdated with brown paneling that made the space feel dated and dark.

The paint color alone brightens and modernizes the space. The color is a cool stone hue Natural Gray by Behr. I didn’t think I’d like the flooring Phil picked, I thought I preferred dark flooring, but I truly love this lighter wood. Its a thicker board, with a scrapped wood texture, and a warm caramel color.

 

The Kitchen

The kitchen was quite the eyesore with both yellow wallpaper and tiles, plus orange counter tops. Definitely needed to be updated from the 70s. On the positive side, the wraparound windows allow so much light to just flood in.

To update the space Phil installed dark cabinets, white quartz countertops (jealous), a deep kitchen sink with a super functional faucet (jealous) and stainless steel appliances. The white bead board adds a bit of character.

The Bathroom

The only thing that was salvageable in the bathroom was the tub base. And even that was re-glazed with a fresh surface. Every bathroom material was PINK or mauve.

Bringing in fresh materials with a more modern and clean color palette was all this bathroom needed to make a HUGE difference. I love the combination of grey stone tiles, grey walls, white subway tiles, and white trim.

I mean, come on! There’s certainly a reason why subway tile is so popular now, its just clean and looks great.

The Bedrooms

The bedrooms needed a simple refresh of paint, new windows and lighting.

I really love the window framing, the vintage door handles, and the built-in storage.

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Living Room Flip Project Before & After

Picking out a paint color for the living room flip project was the hardest choice thus far in this tiny Pittsburgh rental flip. I wanted a neutral gray and that was all I knew.  The paint color and the flooring was all we had budgeted to change in the living room, so the color was a big decision. I started with about 50 paint swatches and narrowed these down to 8 paint colors, all on the cooler gray side. I then took advantage of a 99 cent paint sample jar sale at Lowe’s Home Improvement (this sale happens about once a quarter) and got a sample for each of the 8 colors. I really recommend testing your color on the wall with a sample size before you buy it. Seeing the color in your space makes a huge difference. Take the time to paint a sample of the colors you think you like, and check the test area throughout the day, as the lighting shifts.

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Even if you have 8 colors you’re stuck on like I did, the picking a paint color process is so much easier when the paint is actually on the wall. Once I had the grays on the wall I could really see the undertones. I didn’t want something purple or brown, so those undertones were immediately eliminated. My BF wanted something darker, and I wanted a gray-blue, so we went with the darkest bluish gray paint color.

It turned out that we picked a paint color from a brand that we didn’t intend on buying product from. I don’t know what happened, but once we got our gallons tinted at Lowe’s into Olympic ONE, and painted the full wall space, the paint color appeared a lot more blue than gray. A bit of an upset to the BF, but I may or may not have intended it to be more blue than he was expecting 😉 We still only have one overhead light fixture in the space, so I apologize for the quality of the following photos, but below is our humble space post paint job. Plus, check out the post sharing on our flooring project.

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Our living room space is actually the only common area in our tiny Pittsburgh rental unit. We use the space as a living room and office, as this is the only place we had floor room for a desk and chair. Our furniture is mismatched, with pieces coming from both my own & my BF’s collection. Being 25 we’ve inherited most of our furniture, still working with what was scrounged up from our college apartment days. My bedroom set, the Derbyshire from Value City Furniture is the only furniture I’ve bought myself as an adult (I cried when I saw how cheap it is now versus when I bought it 2 years ago). The dresser is actually our TV stand now because this large furniture piece did not fit in the bedroom. I just couldn’t sacrifice the storage space, thus my clothes are in the living room. I’ll keep holding onto dreams of a walk in closet (or a closet at all) in the bedroom and separate living rooms & office spaces. Sigh. For now, home is where the wine is 🍷

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Compared to the before the simple update of new flooring, trim and paint color is a huge improvement. The before was terrible. Gross carpet, wood paneling AND lace curtains!?

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Home Reno – The before…

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This is the beginning the story of a Pittsburgh DIY house renovation.

So my boyfriend (of over 2 yrs) bought a house. He had been looking for a multi-unit home for months and months, and then suddenly he had bought one. I had given up on accompanying him to countless showings months before. It was frustrating as it always seemed what he was looking for was changing. First he wanted a single family home so he could have roommates, then it ended up that he was looking for a multi-unit building to flip. It is his investment project, he had to make the decision for himself, so I removed my opinions.
So no, I did not know he had put in an offer, and no I hadn’t heard of or seen the place. This told me all I needed to know about it. In other words, I knew it needed work.

It was too late to share my opinion or change his mind, so when he finally took me to see it I decided I had to be positive, supportive,  grin and bear it to matter what I walked into. That took restraint. Here are some pics of the place from the first time I saw it. This is one of the three apartments in the multi-unit home in a neighborhood North of Pittsburgh.

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Walking through here for the first time I might have been overwhelmed, and my outlook may have been dismal, but looking back this is the moment I first seriously thought of starting a blog. I felt the challenge ahead of us, saw the opportunity to work together to make the most of the project, and saw the potential to share the process. This isn’t a family home it’s an investment project. Stay tuned for more as we take on the renovation.

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