Mike and Nicole’s Fish Flip Highlights

Mike and Nicole’s Fish Flip Highlights

You did it again. 

You helped us make The Fish Flip a success – from your winning votes to private messages about the history of the house to your support at the reveal party – you showed up big. 

And it reminded us why we love to share the journey of home renovation. 

Because it’s one thing to take a dilapidated house, rehabilitate it, and put it on the market. Don’t get us wrong, that comes with its own set of benefits; namely the moment when buyers fall in love with their next home.

But to complete a project as large as this one, in a community that means so much to us, well….it takes on a whole new meaning. 

Here are our highs and lows working on The Fish Flip.

Design Features 

This house is filled with incredible features, including your winning design votes! While many features stand out to us, here are our favorites.

Nicole’s Favorite Feature

If you are guessing it had something to do with TILE, then you know the way to Nicole’s heart!

The house has some beautiful tile throughout, but her favorite is in the master bathroom.

“The master shower tile was my dream come true! I have wanted to do that for months!”

Mike’s Favorite Feature

First impressions, in life and in real estate, are essential. And the first impression of this house certainly makes a statement.

“My favorite feature is actually the curb appeal. I love the circular drive with the wide, angled front steps and the salt boards.”

Can’t find us? Look in these rooms.

Every home comes with the standard rooms: kitchen, living room, bathrooms, and bedrooms. We love getting creative by incorporating spaces that are both functional and one-of-a-kind. 

Nicole’s Favorite Room

Families always appreciate mud rooms when space allows, but we wanted something a bit different for the lower level of The Fish Flip. After a set of lockers caught our eye, we knew exactly what to do. 

And like Nicole said, “Who has a locker room in their house?!?!?!”

Mike’s Favorite Room

While a bit more streamlined, another room that houses don’t always come with is a breakfast nook. And this one came together beautifully, with windows letting in natural light and a design that makes you feel like you are at your favorite cafe.

“The tile that won was what I wanted and the bench, mixed with the painted stone chimney, pulled it all together,” Mike said. 

A renovation isn’t complete without some challenges…

While the highlights are endless, remodeling an entire house is bound to come with unforeseen challenges. Every time we take on a new project, we expect to run into something that will throw us off track, and The Fish Flip was no different. 

Nicole’s Biggest Challenge

This particular house brought out the nostalgia for many who grew up in Guilford. Once home to Friendly Fish Market, many people have fond memories of stopping in for fresh seafood. Ida, who lived in and ran the business from the house, made this property on Boston Street a staple in the community. 

“The biggest challenge was trying to uphold the history behind the home while updating it for today’s buyers,” Nicole shared. 

We wanted to honor what the house meant to so many of you. Two ways we paid homage to The Fish Flip’s roots were with a historic sign renovation and incorporating the incredible fish market sink into the design of the house. 

Mike’s Biggest Challenge

Structurally, the house came with its own set of challenges. When the home was built, ceiling heights were lower than they are now. Every time we work on a house, we want the home to be functional for today’s homeowners. 

In an older house, this can mean changing the structure; in this case, doing the work required to achieve modern ceiling heights.

“We had to jackhammer out the concrete floor on the first level and dig down a foot to get the proper height,” Mike explained.

This type of work makes an incredible difference inside, creating an expansive feeling in each room. 

Moments to remember

Every house comes with key takeaways: lessons learned, joy shared, and at the end, a beautiful home. These are our favorite moments from The Fish Flip.

Nicole’s Favorite Moment

The House that Social Media Built isn’t about us, it’s about what we can all create together. So many of you have helped us build multiple houses, putting a considerable amount of thought into your comments and votes. Sharing the finished product with you is always special. 

“The party is always the best moment for me,” Nicole said. “I love seeing everyone’s reaction and celebrating with everyone that helped us build!”

Mike’s Favorite Moment

When you are against a timeline, and especially when that timeline involves HUNDREDS of people coming to a big reveal, the days leading up the completion can become hectic.

So for Mike, the best moment came in a quieter setting. The calm after the storm. 

“My favorite moment was the day after the party, when I was able to go in without anyone in the house. I took it all in room by room,” he said.

Finishing a home, we always feel a sense of pride and satisfaction. The Fish Flip also brought us new partnerships and friendships, not to mention memories to cherish. 

We want to know, what is your favorite feature in The Fish Flip? Here’s a peek at some other details in the house:

5 Comments
  • Joyce t
    Reply

    Wow. Nicely done Mike and Nicole!

    August 14, 2019 at 11:18 am
  • Mike and Nicole,
    You both did a fabulous job in turning this fish house into a transformation of elegance.
    My favorite as is Nicole’s is the master bathroom tile. Just magnificent!
    I also loved the bar area with the beautiful tile. It really was a work of art!
    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of This beautiful home.
    All and all, I loved it all!!
    I look forward to voting again and seeing you both at the next House That Social Media built. Patricia Libero

    August 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm
  • Steve Mongillo
    Reply

    I’m with Mike on the curb appeal…those stairs leading up to that sweet porch look awesome. I also love the way the eyebrow dormers make the upper level pop. Great job, gang!

    August 14, 2019 at 6:15 pm
  • Trish Walden
    Reply

    Just beautiful Mike and Nicole – what a fantastic job you did with this house!!! Great bumping into you in Guilford a few weeks ago Mike – wish I had had time for a sneak preview then~ hope you will be coming to Dunedin sometime soon!

    August 14, 2019 at 7:15 pm
  • Kathleen Connolly
    Reply

    Beautiful job inside and out…the colors and furnishings inside are gorgeous.

    August 19, 2019 at 12:25 pm

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