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When you walk in the door of your home, where do you put your coat? Is it draped over the banister? Do you attempt to jam it in an over-crowded hall closet? Or do you have a rickety hook that you pile every coat in the entire house on? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? The fight to have a neat and orderly home can be a struggle at the best of times.

The design team at FOLLOW THE FLIP 3 has tried to eliminate that battle for the lucky new homeowner that will take possession of 504 Phillip St when it’s done. Here is how we transformed an ill-used space, into a welcoming niche that you will be proud to show off.


Start with a hallway. How are you using it? Is there a way that you could improve it? What’s your inspiration, aside from a mess of coats?

Ours was the love of home itself.

Check out how we cleaned up and modernized this space to make it a perfect place for coats and more.

The beginning stages of the transformation

We took an empty space and had a vision.
We picked up some bead board and ran with it.

Brightening up a Drab Corner

With panels in place, a coat of primer helped to hide the rough materials.

Fixing the Flaws

Other issues in the hallway were addressed while we were at it. This ill-fitting electrical outlet took away from the polished feel we were looking for, not to mention the lack of safety it presented as well!

Someplace to rest your weary bones?

We decided to add a simple stool to make the space more inviting.
Here it is just waiting for its coat of paint to transform it.

The Transformation is Complete!

With the paint dry, all that was left was to install a line of hooks ready and waiting for the winter coats that are on the way. The addition of the word “Home” gave a welcoming touch that we couldn’t resist.

AND, it will remind you every day of how much you love  your new house, once you move in.

What is your favourite transformation so far in FOLLOW THE FLIP 3?


It has taken a while to dig out from the mess that was the kitchen at my Follow The Flip 3 project. If you think the back yard was a mess, let me tell you a little story about a floor…



Original flooring


Once upon a time, way back in 1883, a house was built for a bricklayer. In this house, was a kitchen and that kitchen was 9 x 11 in size. In this kitchen, of course, was a floor. Jump forward to 2012 and that floor is now no more.



Removing 5 layers of flooring


You see, this floor might have been all the rage in the late 19th Century, but subsequent owners felt it needed a face-lift  So they covered up the black, white and red grids with another layer. And another, and another, and even one more layer of flooring, til there were five layers of flooring in total.

That’s a lot of flooring.


In fact, once it was all removed, this is what was left…

Filled to Overflowing

Goodbye Kitchen Floor







And back at 504 Philip, this is what we were left with. As you can see, the trailer was filled with not just flooring, but everything else that was underneath all those many layers as well. We found loose and rotten floor joists that were not worth trying to save. We stripped it down to the ground.

The Kitchen (?)


Now don’t fret and run screaming from my FOLLOW THE FLIP just yet. Obviously the kitchen won’t be left like that. New joists were added, a sub-floor was built and a shiny new single layer of flooring will greet you when you enter your new kitchen.

But look what else we found underneath the floor.

Anyone familiar with this old cartoon?


Who knows what this old cartoon is? A little help…

So my wife might think I’m crazy, but as she still speaks to me after the last two FOLLOW THE FLIPS, I thought it was about time for FOLLOW THE FLIP 3! And boy, have I found a nice home to renovate this time. As you might recall, I gave you a little precursor pic, but didn’t let slip with too many details. Are you curious as to what I’ve found yet? I’m dying to share it with you, so let’s take a look;



Follow the Flip on Philip

Let’s go back in time to look at the origins of my newest find. Way back in 1886, the walls went up on this 3-bedroom bungalow at 504 Philip St. in London, Ontario. In other parts of the world, Sigmund Freud opened a practice in Vienna, modern field hockey was born, the London Times published the world’s first classified ad, Apache leader Geronimo surrendered during the last major US-Indian war, the first Civil Rights Act was passed in the US and Coca Cola was born (cocaine included!).

They were exciting times.


The Sunroom could use some TLC

Fast forward 126 years and this little house has seen some transformations. It now has aluminum siding, as seen in the above picture. There is a sunroom on the back of the house, that has seen better days. There’s different flooring in every room of the house. That might not bother you, but as far as aesthetics go, I will be changing that fact in the process of transforming this dated domicile into a thing of beauty. Uniformity goes a long way into the resale value of a home, in my opinion.


Rooftop Renos on Philip St

So what else will I be doing? Paint will be applied. Landscaping will be attended to. That nasty looking sunroom is on the list too. And that problem chimney? It has already been looked after by these two handy guys. We’ve got it all covered in my latest Follow the Flip! So make sure to follow along as I transform this historic house into a charming home once again.


See you next time, for my FOLLOW THE FLIP 3!

Are you tired of looking at the same four walls in your bedroom? Does your kitchen leave you a little flat? When was the last time you updated your living room? Even more importantly, do you really want to take on that project?

Heck No!

It just might be time that you considered a move to a new location. According to a recent article by the Canada Real Estate Magazine, 1 in 4 people consider a move every 5 years. When was the last time you relocated? Are you in need of a change? Do your itchy feet have you browsing the MLS website, but not necessarily with the intent to completely remodel all the fixer-uppers that you find there? Let me help you out in that regards.

Introducing, FOLLOW THE FLIP 3!

Is it time for a move?

Yup, I’ve done it again! This lovely little home is in need of a wee bit of TLC, as you can plainly see from the above picture. I plan to do a little of this, a little of that and completely renovate this gem! If you missed the first two FOLLOW THE FLIPS, be sure to check out the transformations here.

In the meantime, settle in to watch the dust fly and get yourself in the mood for a change.

Stay tuned for more details on FOLLOW THE FLIP 3 in the weeks ahead! 

The interest rates are low. The housing market is humming. Now is the time to enter the real estate game, if you have been thinking about it at all. Start by talking to your bank representative or broker to see if you can get pre-approved for that all-important mortgage (unless of course you’ve got a mittful of cash to spend, then call ME!). That will let you know how much you can afford to buy and where to set the bar while house hunting.

The next step is to find a real estate agent. There are plenty out there, but finding the right agent can sometimes be tricky. Make sure that you are on the same page, as far as what you are looking for and don’t forget to ask for references.

Now, get out there and start looking for your dream home!

Before you fall hopelessly in love with a home though, keep an eye on some of the lesser qualities of the houses that you walk through. While you might be able to look past an ugly wallpaper or a cluttered kitchen counter, what might these minor flaws represent in the overall scheme of things? Does the wallpaper cover up cracks in the walls that might represent the foundation shifting? Is a cluttered counter indicative of a lack of storage space in the kitchen or the house as a whole? What else should you be looking out for?


    1. Outdated electrical
    2. Leaky roof
    3. Lack of insulation
    4. Poor lighting
    5. Dated kitchen, bathroom or other decor
    6. Lack of storage
    7. Bug infestation
    8. Bad neighbourhood
    9. Lack of curb appeal
    10. Over-priced

This list is far from conclusive, but it is a start on what to look out for while house hunting. It also gives you an idea of what to avoid or factor into the overall cost of purchasing a new home for yourself. I would also counsel you to inspect the age and quality of the heating unit in the home, as well as water heater and a/c unit (if present). Canada is a great place to live, but we definitely have our extremes in weather variations, so you want a reliable furnace in winter and cooling device in summer.

Fully renovated House For Sale!

And to leave you with an example of a house that fits all of those categories to a tee, here we have 509 Charlotte St, otherwise known as my first FOLLOW THE FLIP! This charming bungalow hit the MLS Listings this week and is yours for the taking! Looking at the list above, I can assure you that;

  1. The knob & tube wiring is long gone
  2. A new roof protects you from any leaks
  3. New Insulation was blown in last fall
  4. Big new windows are located all over this house & it has updated light fixtures
  5. Fresh paint throughout, including the brand new kitchen & bath
  6. Unfinished basement holds lots of space for storage, as well as room in the backyard for a shed/shop/garage
  7. No bugs here!
  8. New playground right across the street at the community centre
  9. Curb appeal oozes from the new siding, mini paver driveway & refurbished stained glass above the new front door
  10. Priced to sell at $189, 900! Wow!

Come see for yourself and make London, Ontario home!

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Allow me to introduce myself. The name is Jim. You want to know more? Well, check out my "About Me" page! Don't forget to take a peek at my "Local London Listings" while you are here too! I update it regularly. Enjoy your visit and drop me a line to let me know you were in the neighbourhood!

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