Sweet Gut Renovations

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From a reader:

“I’m an investor and general contractor. I ended up buying the house at 5620 8th St NW, and it turned out great. It was half done- another investor had started, done some terrible work, and then lost it in foreclosure to the bank. When we finished the rehab, it went under contract in less than a week and it settled at $475,000 a few months ago, which was a great deal for the buyer, but still profitable for us.”


If you are interested in checking out some of his other projects:

“Here are some other of my projects- http://gormanpropertygroup.blogspot.com. I have a big 4 unit condo conversion I’m starting next week at 6th and M St NW- it should be a really fun historical rehab.”

If you have any renovation photos send them to [email protected] Check some before photos after the jump.

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14 Comment

  • It looks like nice work. Well done. And kudos for keeping the original stair railing…

    I have to say I am not a fan of the “open floor plans” that seem ever so common in townhouse renovations these days. If that sells houses I can hardly blame you but I would personally never buy a house that had one giant room on the first floor. I don’t really get the appeal… everyone has to hear what everyone else is doing through the whole living area? No dining room, no living room? Where do you put your couch and coffee table? Maybe someone can explain why they prefer these configurations, because it seems to be pretty much the way people renovate houses these days.

    or maybe it’s just cheaper, you save a lot on studs, drywall, paint and casing 🙂

  • Oops, that was not anonymous, that was me.

  • See, I really like open floor plans. Especially for families- it adds cohesiveness by making the house less compartmentalized.

  • I checked out the webpage. The guy does good work, although he murdered a nice example of a craftsman bungalow on Quackenbos.

  • It makes a small space feel big. I have this huge dining room that i hardly ever use. It’s better for entertaining guests.

  • Looks like a really nice renovation.

    What is the total bed and baths?

  • As the victim of a not so great “flip,” I am really relieved to see that someone out there is doing it right. Congrats to the contractor/investor.

  • Huh. Your your cohesiveness would be my insanity as I had no choice but to hear my kids watching Barney or playing guitar hero or whatever while I was trying to read the paper or make a meal in the kitchen. And your whole house smells like bacon instead of just the kitchen.

    I get the entertainment aspect, but the other 98% of the time when you aren’t entertaining, the space just seems a lot less useful to me. Fewer walls are fewer places to put furniture too.

    Anyway… different strokes. They are almost ubiquitous among recent renovations I’ve seen so I must be in the minority.

  • I have been in this house and it is very well done, impressive work. And the contractor is a wonderful and friendly fellow (and a great chef, too).

  • Anon/Jamie…. I second your thoughts! Can’t tell you how many people told me I should take out my hall closet and open the whole first floor. Grr…. It is good to have distinct parts of a house. Imagine if you took down all the walls on the 2nd floor of your house — it would be like the scary picture PoP showed where the MBR and master bath had no wall between them

  • bogfrog-I love my hall closet. Open plan – not enough wall space, furniture of different eras stand out as such (great grandma’s heavy oak dining set, modern black upright piano, glass and steel coffee table I welded 30 years ago)….they need separation.

  • I am a fan of semi-open places – a little bit more than what I have, but less than shown here. But I plan to keep my place as is. I’ve heard that many regret the open kitchen, due to smells and noise, but also, even when entertaining, you can’t hide the dishes building up in the sink. And, no way would I get rid of my pocket doors.

    To the contract if he reads this – did you donate the trim and doors to Community Forklift? I’m on the lookout for replacement trim.

  • I like an open floor plan. These houses feel cramped and dark as it is. With some creative decorating an open floor plan can have several distinct but functional spaces without putting up drywall.

  • I’m the contractor for the house pictured above. Thanks for all of the positive comments. We went with the open floorplan because the house had so many windows (and so much great light) that we wanted to keep it as open as possible. Although the PoP posters above seem to disagree, most buyers seem to be looking for an open layout when they buy a new house or condo. Also, this house had a finished basement for the washer/dryer and extra bathroom, so we didn’t have to put any of these on the main floor.

    I didn’t donate anything to community forklift for this house, but I do love that place. There really wasn’t anything to donate from this house- the previous owner had just put up the drywall and didn’t get any further, so no finishes were in place.

    I appreciate the honest feedback on the bungalow I did at 300 Quackenbos St NW. I think “murdered” is a little harsh. We did drastically alter the front, but the house was so ugly that it needed all the help we could give it. I am thinking about putting a more traditional picket in the front railing- the current ones just don’t match the rest of the house.


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