NEW & EXCITING: HOUSE IS COMPLETE…HERE ARE FINAL PICTURES!
NEW & EXCITING: FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS THROUGH VIDEOS AND PICTURES!
Welcome! This is probably a good place to start:
About Us & This Site
Together, we run a real estate business flipping houses, building new construction homes and holding rental properties. We have two little boys, and last summer, we moved from Atlanta, GA to the suburbs of Washington, DC. We found a neighborhood we loved, but were having trouble finding a house we loved. As luck would have it, an old house on a great lot became available, and given our renovation experience, we weren’t scared to buy the fixer-upper and turn it into something we could love.
Unfortunately, due to zoning regulations related to this specific lot layout, we found that we weren’t allowed to build an addition on the existing house and we also weren’t allowed to build a second story. Given that the house is only 1000 square feet in size — and given that we’re a bit spoiled and would like more space than that — it didn’t leave many options. So, we decided that we would tear it down and build our dream house (yes, the zoning department WOULD allow us to do that :).
Carol has been looking for a new personal project, so she decided that she’d design the house from scratch. And I never shy from a challenge, so I decided that I’d quickly build a team of contractors in this area and GC the project myself.
Basically, our goal is to transform:
We’ve found that the best way for us to learn is by teaching, so the goal of this website is to provide a transparent view into our construction project to let others learn from our successes and mistakes (hopefully more of the former and fewer of the latter, but I’ll guess we’ll see). I’ve promised Carol that we’ll be able to have Thanksgiving at our house this year, leaving us about five-and-a-half months to build from start to finish. It’s going to be a tight schedule, but we’re up for the challenge!
How To Use This Website
We realize that there are a lot of people looking at this site, and not everyone wants the same type/amount of information. So, we’re trying to segment things as much as possible, and trying to make it easy for people to find the type of information they’re looking for. That said, here’s a quick reference to each of the Menu tabs and the information they provide:
Home: This page…
Backstory:: Do you want a summary narrative of the backstory to quickly catch you up to speed? If so, start here.
Daily Updates:: This is the blog, and we’ll try to update it on a daily basis so you know exactly what’s going on with the house build. Also contains an archive of all blog posts…for the detailed story, start at the beginning…
Plans/Specs:: Check out all of the engineering plans, architectural plans, 3D floor plans, elevations, interior finish plans, site plans, etc. for our new home.
Budget:: A chart of each construction component, along with the contractor we’re using and our estimate/bid/final cost for that work. Contains links to posts about each component, links to our contractor websites (if you want to contact them for your own project) and links to the detailed contractor bids for each component. If you’re a detail person and want to know the details of the construction and the budget, this is the page for you.
Schedule:: We’re hoping to be in the new house by Thanksgiving, and here we lay out the detailed schedule for the build that will get us there. Check here to see where we stand and whether we’re tracking to our goal or not.
Gallery/Video:: For those who just want the multi-media…we have a video diary of the backstory, time-lapse video of the construction, video updates, etc.
Links:: Links to our favorite things, including blogs, websites, contractors, resources…and even our favorite wines and TV shows!