Hoarder’s House to Stunning Spanish Revival

Were/are you as addicted to house flipping shows as I was?

You know the ones; where they buy something atrocious and then fix it up and sell it for a monstrous profit. Many a pipe dream began with an episode of Flip this House. Hubby and I even put it on our bucket list – to buy a beat up house and fix it up to sell for a bazillion dollars. Only thing holding us back was the money to buy the crap house in the first place, and the skill/knowledge to know what to do once we got it. Sure, I could paint the hell out of it, and Hubby could do a bit of wiring and perhaps a built-in – but the rest is out of our league.

I haven’t had time to watch any of those programs of late, but I LOVED those shows – particularly the first five minutes and the last five.

This article was on House Beautiful the other week and it was a still-photo-version of one of those shows – the first five minutes and the last five. (the best parts)

I had to share it here because the house in the story was so UNBELIEVABLY disgusting, that it blew my mind that anyone could possibly live like that.

Nope, not squatters – this house was lived in by the owner, who was also a hoarder.
House Makeover - from a Hoarder's dilapidated home to a stunning spanish revival

This next photo BLOWS MY MIND!

How could someone live like this?

Beyond the trash and clutter everywhere – there’s moisture damage and black mold. I’m going to hazard a guess and say that there were AT LEAST a few cockroaches residing here as well. The homeowner must have been physically ill living here. This type of home that has been left in this condition calls for the ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I had gone in to have a look!

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This kitchen…

I don’t even know what to say?

There’s even empty dog food cans on the floor. I don’t understand the ‘hoarding’ mentality, but is nothing considered garbage?

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The home is a spanish-revival in Los Angeles. The company, Kenihan Developments, that did the rehab on it paid $200,000 US for it “as-is”.

More before photos on their site.


Okay, you’ve suffered enough – that was the first five minutes of the show. No where to go but up right?

Check out the same living room now:

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and the kitchen – which can actually be called a kitchen now and not a toxic waste dump.

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The article goes on to say that the home was so dilapidated that the bathtub actually fell through the floor into the basement (no photos) – but check out the bathroom after the reno:

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Want more after photos? (You have to see the second storey courtyard) – click here for all the after goodness.

I can’t believe it’s the same house!

I think it’s fair that the home is now up for sale for $929,000 – I’m guessing the developers had to put in a good $500,000 in construction (and extermination).

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I know, this isn’t my usual post, but this transformation was so spectacular, I had to share.

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My favourite parts – condensed down into 6 images; the first five minutes and the last five.

Almost as good as the actual TV show right?

Original article from House Beautiful.


Have a great one!

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  1. Iris McCloud July 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    The original house is sad. Hard to think someone actually lived in those conditions. It’s kind of curious that the before picture has a trash bin out front. I imagine it was empty.

  2. Jenna July 14, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Wow, that was painful but fun! We have been thinking about doing a house flip or two, but I have done enough remodeling to understand the pitfalls of hidden and unexpected problems…Love to watch the shows, especially Love it or List it~

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