FLIPPIN OUT

So here I am sitting here thinking... How the heck do you write a blog?  What is it "suppose" to look like?  So what do I do?  Naturally, I google it!  What I learn is that people want to know all about you first of all.  Then they want to know why you are writing one, and most of all they want to see some cool photo's of what you are talking about.  Most of all they don't want you trying to sell them anything.

So here is my first post.  You are going to see who I am, why I am here and some shots of what I like to build.  I may also walk you through how you can do it yourself.  You may even see how I screw things up a bit.  (but a good carpenter can always fix his mistakes right?)

Disclaimer: I am the worst speller in on the face of the planet.  No really, its bad.  So just suck it up and we will realize that bad spelling is not the end of the world....

My name is PJ and I like to build stuff...

I have been building things my whole life starting with very poorly designed tables and crooked treehouses when I was a kid.  I was terrible in fact.  I think my biggest issue is that I had absolutely zero patience growing up.  Some would say I still have close to zero - but I have found ways to deal with this disability and recently have been building some pretty cool shit.  (here is where the photos come in)

Some of my smaller projects...

Custom built in cubbies with wainscot backing and bench with glove box.

Solid 2" thick Oak Farm Table

One of the few (not crooked) Treehouses I have played around with..

But that brings me to what really motivated me to establish this blog anyway.  This fall my wife Lizzy (thats her admiring her handy work above) and I decided we wanted to invest our money in a life sized mutual fund, or money pit, or whatever you would like to call it.  We purchased a disgustingly filthy, cigarette smoke filled, badly updated house in Hingham MA.  Our original plan was to buy it, fix it up and move in eventually.  But after seeing my 2+ hour commute the mutual fund started to look more like a day trade.  Thus we are flipping our first house...  

Here she is...and our realtor Suzy... She is great.

This gem was a short sale.  Basically if you decide to not pay your bills for seven years like this owner did you can find yourself in a load of trouble.  Banks hate when you do not pay them.  Usually they foreclose on you, but somehow this owner dodged the foreclosure bullet and in the end presented the idea of a short sale to her lender.  Normally this is tough to get done, especially quick.  But with a good agent and fast mortgage broker we got it done in 6 weeks start to finish.  This meant a good deal for us, and a good deal for her.  She got to walk away free and clear with no bad credit issues like you get with a foreclosure.  One thing I really like about short sales is that you are helping someone else get out from under a terrible situation and come out ahead of the game.  It was great to get a good deal, but it was even more great to know that we helped someone get through a very tough time in their life.

The last thing I read was to keep your post short.  So this is where I tell you to follow me!  In the next few weeks I am going to post a bunch to get caught up to where we currently are in the process.  We have a roof, siding, doors, a few windows, floors, beams, decks, water heaters, a kitchen and two bathrooms to rip apart.  My goal is to share how we are doing it and what to expect if you try it yourself.  I am doing this on the side in between my day job so it's been a long couple months so far, but here's hoping it is all worth it...

Oh yeah... Copper will be here for the ride as well...

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