I just had a call from my contractor this morning. Normally when you get calls from your contractor it means that something bad has happened, but with the guys we are working with on this project that just isn’t the case. These guys are the real deal and the work they are doing for me is top notch! We are actually 2-3 weeks AHEAD of schedule! In two weeks this all has been accomplished:

  • Inside completely demoed
  • Basement ceiling completed and rewired with lighting installed.
  • New steps to the patio
  • Windows and sliding glass door are going in today
  • All interior walls patched and ready for paint
  • All interior doors are in and painted.
  • All ceilings and trim painted.
  • All exterior repairs completed.

I am so grateful that my first flip has gone on without a hitch in the construction phase. By the end of this week/beginning of next we should be ready to move into the final phase of construction.

Design Choices

Since I won’t be posting anymore pictures until the reveal is done, Ashley and I wanted to give everyone a peak at the design choices we have made and a glimpse of the final product. The color choices may not reflect well on your computer monitor, so just keep in mind the paint will look different on the wall.  I will go by main room areas and break it down:


The exterior will start our gray theme with a beautiful solid stain called Driftwood from Sherwin-Williams. We will pair that with a white backing color for the tudor trim, and finish it off with a black entry door. In addition all the exterior lighting will be updated.

Kitchen/Half Bath

I put these two together since they will have similar finishes. In the kitchen we are going with a white cabinet called Hampton by Choice Cabinetry, which is a local manufacturer in the Cleveland area with a white subway tile backsplash. The granite will complement the wall color as well. We will pair that with a 12x 24 tile that will run through the kitchen and main entry way. Finally we will be painting the walls a beautiful light gray from Sherwin-Williams called Light French Gray. The same cabinetry, flooring and painting will be extended into the half bathroom. Below are some pictures of the choices:

Living Room and Dining Room

In the living room and dining room, we decided to go with a high end laminate called Pergo Outlast+ in Vintage Tobacco Oak. After talking with our contractor we decided that the laminate floor made a better flooring choice than the low-end engineered hard wood and would last much longer. We are continuing the light French Gray throughout.

Family Room

In the family room we will pair the Tobacco Oak with a slightly darker color, Pewter Cast, to highlight the new white washed fire place and white mantel that will be constructed. There is quite a difference in the actual paint color compared to the Light French Gray. Its not realty coming through on the computer screen.

Main Bathroom

In the main bathroom we are going with a white 12×24 tile on the floor with a matching 12×24 tile on the walls. We will use the Pewter Cast to show off the white. We are thinking about going with a darker cabinet though to give some offset to the white cabinets downstairs, though this might change due to price and availability.


In the bedrooms, we decided to break up the gray a little by going with some neutral beiges. We chose Ride It Out Berber in Winter White with a Natural Linen color on the walls.


Since we decided to go with Brushed Nickel finishes, the lighting will follow suit. We will do simple matching ceiling hugging lights in all the common areas. In addition will we do a chandelier in the dining room, and a pendant light over the sink. Ceiling fans will get installed in all the bedrooms as well.

We hope you are as excited about this as we are! Stay tuned for updates and of course the big reveal which should be coming in the next few weeks.