While it is nice to have the house on Charlotte nearing completion, that is not the only home that has seen a transformation in my FOLLOW THE FLIP stash. I might be busy doing other real estate things, but there has been a crew of guys working away on Lorne Ave., while I have been otherwise engaged. You might remember that this two-storey charmer was buried in weeds outside and saturated with junk on the inside. Would you care to see some of what we have discovered along the way at our FOLLOW THE FLIP 2 house? Let’s take a look!

Here we have just one of the many loads of garbage that came out of Lorne Ave. You would not believe the amount of stuff that we found! There were over 50 television sets in the attic alone, not to mention the $180 we received from Try-Recycling for salvaged steel (and such). Where do people find this stuff? An even better question is why do they keep it?!

Moving down from the attic, we step into the bathroom. Oh, nasty! Maybe we should just move along actually. Nobody wants to spend any time in a salmon-coloured cesspool with a tub that matches!


So what else did we find in this century home worth noting? Well, there was some beautiful hardwood floors that should wow any potential home buyer, once they are cleaned up a lot. Plus the original fir trim was still intact and in good shape in several of the rooms upstairs. Don’t mind the pink paint and tacky wallpaper. It must have been for sale way back when, but we will deal with that long before you step into the house. And if the hole in the wall frightens you, don’t worry, as we will be taking care of that too.

Knob and tube wiring was found here at Lorne Ave as well. I guess that goes with the age of the home, but modern insurance companies don’t look too fondly on the old-style electronics today. Nothing that my electrician can’t handle though, so don’t fret! By the time you move into this turn-of-the-century house, it will be up-to-date from top to bottom. I guarantee it!

Before I scare you too much though, let me show you one of the updates that has already been attended to at the back of the house. When the keys were dropped into my hand, there was not one, but three doors at the back of the house. There was evidence of a patio, that had long since been taken over by the tangle of weeds that we slashed through. All of it was mismatched and so unappealing to even the least discerning homeowner, that we had to do something drastic.

Observe the Before and After shots.

AFTER: Rear of Lorne Ave

BEFORE: Rear of Lorne Ave

Nice, hunh?! There is now a sliding glass door to access the backyard! And note the new window to the left of the door. That will bring a tonne of bright light into the home and afford a satisfying glimpse of the large back yard. Don’t worry about the rubble underneath, as that has been cleared away and the door has been properly sealed as well, I just couldn’t resist sharing this exciting addition with you.

On that note, I should check in with the guys to see how the renovations are going this week. Have a great weekend!