This is the kitchen of upstairs unit that the tenants left him. It was basically a completely nasty pig-pen. Gross!

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The bathroom was dark and yucky.

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Nearly every room was filled with trash. One of the bedrooms was especially gross. How could somebody live in this?!

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After taking out more than 1,000 pounds of trash, he took out the carpet and the baseboards. Here’s the new blank slate.

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He painted the bedroom walls white. It looks so clean compared to the trash-filled “before” photo.

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In the main living area, he knocked down a wall to make the space more open.

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The space seemed so much bigger with the walls opened-up.

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Here’s the kitchen part-way through demolition.

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Back to the bedrooms. For the flooring underlay, he went with the “Acoustik” brand that is supposed to reduce the noise level between floors.

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He cut the doorframes to make room for the floors.

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He chose a brick pattern for the floor to make use of cut off ends…so there was less waste.

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Here’s one room finished. Looking nice!

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Next, he moved on to the next bedroom.

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He installed the same flooring in that room. Wow. It looks so big without all the trash and with the clean finishes!

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The entry-was was super tricky. He decided to leave a space between the room and later used a white transitional piece.

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In the bathroom, he ripped up the floor and re-tiled the shower.

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There were some wall tiles near the old sink, which he took out and then sanded the walls.

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Next he laid down floor tiles and put them on the tub enclosure he built.

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In the kitchen, he didn’t want to spend a lot, so he painted them white and got a lot of bang for his buck.

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Next, he ripped up the kitchen flooring and subfloor and laid down Ditra.

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Here’s the room with the Ditra all down.

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Next, he laid down the flooring and left a gap between the tile and laminate for a bar he was going to build.

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He decided to make an accent wall. It was a lot of work. Here he is sanding the boards for the wall.

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But he says the work was worth it. Here’s one accent wall up. Awesome!

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He decided to make each bedroom have a slightly different colored accent wall.

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The unit was almost done. He just had to assemble furniture, paint doors, and add finishing touches. You won’t believe the “after pictures” coming up…

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Voila! Here’s the stunning upstairs unit completed. Living room:

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The other side of the living room, with the Ikea entertainment system:

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The open kitchen with built in bar:

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One of the bedrooms:

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The other bedroom. Love it!

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The downstairs unit has an identical layout, so he opted to do similar renvoations, but he decorated it differently. Here it is. Living room:

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Sleek and modern.

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Kitchen island:

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Bathroom vanity:

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First bedroom:

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Second bedroom:

For the numbers…He says the project cost him $40,000 in materials, including furniture.  He saved a lot of money by doing most of the work himself, and by going with inexpensive furniture from Ikea, and second-hand.  The property cost him $160,000, which means he’s in for roughly $200,000.  His mom is a real estate agent and estimates that the value is $300,000 at the low-end.  In terms of rentals, he says he rents it on Airbnb, and it quickly got rented out for peak season at $1,000 a week, plus several of the non-peak weeks.  In total, he estimates he makes about $20,000-$30,000 a year on the property.


For more details of the project, check out his post on Reddit, and for a walk-through of the downstairs unit see his YouTube video.

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