A Fixer Upper: The Big Reveal

Dated: January 28 2020

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As one of our first family flips with Ursini & Company, this was a thrilling project for me. From the construction and project management work to the design selections and marketing, each of my family members, including my two daughters and their husbands, were involved in this flip. Lovingly nicknamed as "The Nokomis Treehouse", this home started as a clutter-filled overgrown property with much needed TLC. While this would scare away most buyers, we saw the opportunity that it presented due to its location in a great neighborhood and the lack of similar, fully renovated homes on the market.  My husband's company, Brista Homes, handled the renovations, so I also knew that the quality of work and craftsmanship would exceed what buyers in this price point were expecting to find.

The Before

Before we dive further into the finished product, let me share some of our before photos and blog posts.

A Fixer Upper: The "Before" Tour - Learn how we accomplished flipping a house on a budget. 

A Fixer Upper: A Progress Peek - View our design ideas, inspiration photos and a costly surprise that ambushed our renovation budget.


[Above: The before kitchen was small, cluttered, and unusable.]


[Above: Like the rest of the house, the master bath was horrific in both condition and design.]



[Above: A glimpse of the exterior prior to an Ursini & Company makeover.]

Interior Features

We tore the house down to its roots and renovated every single room in the house.  Walls were removed in both the kitchen and the master bath and Mark redesigned each space. Our goal was to give the home a bright and clean look.  To accomplish this, smooth ceilings replaced the dated popcorn.  All the ceilings and walls were painted Sherwin Williams Snowbound. 

For the floors throughout the home, we opted for a light gray, 12 x 48, porcelain plank tile, which was a more affordable option than engineered hardwood.  These finishes combined with flat panel cabinets, floating vanities, chrome fixtures, 5-panel doors, 1 x 3 casing and 1 x 6 baseboards provided us the modern and seamless feel we were opting for.



The Kitchen

We focused on the kitchen as the main focal point, and we are so pleased with how it turned out. We think it perfectly captured the mid-century modern appeal we were aiming for! Reusing old cabinets from one of Mark's previous renovations, we decided to do a mixed panel look, opting for the repurposed shaker style cabinets on the bottom and new white flat panel uppers. The look was finished off with white quartz countertops and brand new stainless steel appliances. The kitchen island is a perfect stop for entertaining!



The Master Bath

A master bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a home, so we paid close attention to the details when making design decisions. We created a spa-like atmosphere, with a large walk-in shower, wave tile, a waterfall showerhead and plenty of space and light.

The floating vanities create a modern vibe and we used the same white quartz countertops from the kitchen for a clean look.


The Guest Bathroom

The guest bathroom was completely remodeled. Our original shower tile selection was a geometric frosty gray glass tile but it was drastically over budget, so we shopped around for a more budget-friendly option. To make it family friendly, we included a bathtub set in front of an attractive white subway tile wall, installed in a stacked pattern. Again, we chose a floating vanity, as this creates the illusion of more space.


The Exterior

From run down and overgrown to bright and inviting! We cleared all of the trees (and there were a lot of them), installed new windows, added new landscaping, squared out the dated arched corners, and painted the exterior. For the house color, we chose one of our favorites, Sherwin Williams Origami White. This clean, soft white really gave the home a refreshing look and coordinated perfectly with the existing roof color. We replaced the exterior door and opted for Sherwin Williams Determined Orange to add a pop of color and some mid-century curb appeal. We really think it makes a first impression!

The garage door was damaged, so we replaced it with a new door and painted it to match the exterior house color. The existing driveway was cracked and uneven and we knew this would be a major hazard and drawback for buyers, so we replaced a portion, which really helped add to the value of the home.



Our 3D Virtual Tour

Interested in seeing how all these details came together? Take a look at our interactive virtual tour!

Marketing Efforts & Sale

Since the renovation took a bit longer than we had planned, we wanted to enhance our marketing efforts and decided to pre-market before putting onto the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). With my daughter's background in marketing, we were able to create some impressive but affordable marketing materials. We sent out neighborhood mailers and posted to Facebook groups, getting the word out early. We had a few showings before putting it on the market and even received an offer, which we ultimately decided not to accept.

We put the house on the market on Sunday, January 19, 2020 and had four showing requests within the first couple of hours! By mid-afternoon, we received multiple offers, including two above the asking price, one which we accepted that same day. We were so thrilled that someone loved this home as much as we did!

We believe the success of this flip was due to numerous factors, the most important being the quality of the construction, the convenient location, and the lack of renovated properties on the market. 

We are expected to officially close on this property on February 3, 2020, and then it's onto the next. Stay tuned to see what we choose as our next flip with Ursini & Company! 

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Gina Ursini

For the past 27 years, I have immersed myself in the communities of Longboat Key and Sarasota, gaining an unparalleled appreciation and admiration for the beauty and elegance of our coastal paradise. ....

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