Home restoration & property flipping

Character comes with time.
Old homes have it... it's up to you to pull it out.

From fast & many to one, nice and slow...

Much of today's new home construction goes to companies that compete based on how many homes they can slap up as fast as possible. 
I know, because I used to do it for a living.
Now things have slowed down in many ways. I appreciate taking the time to get to know ONE old house
and figuring out how to get all the value and character out of it I possibly can.

Build It

There are many things that can be "re-purposed" out of old homes or found at garage sales. It doesn't have to cost a lot to have really cool stuff.

Fix It

We live in a disposable (mentality) society. It's unfortunate because there are quite a few things that can be fixed with a little know-how, and will work just fine.

Paint It

Paint and other means of "dressing up" an old room or item can really do wonders. It just takes a special eye and desire to make what's old, new again.

From the Blog

Things To Consider Before Getting a New Roof in Tucson

Today we are going to look at what is important to you as you buy a new roof, including special circumstances that maybe make your roof a little bit different than other roofs and could affect your decision on what type of roofing you buy. Those things are very important to think about at the time that you determine what sort of roofing material you are going to have installed [...]

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Fixing a Leaking Washer With Las Vegas Appliance Masters

Today we're looking at a Whirlpool top load washer; the customer complaint was water leaking onto the floor from the washer. Upon moving the washer out and inspecting, find out where the water was coming from, we found the siphon break on the drain hose was leaking when the washer would drain. To us, this is a job for the pros at Appliance Repair Las Vegas (http://lasvegasappli [...]

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Appliance Repair Update - Drum Support Rollers For Dryer Repair

If your dryer starts making noises, and the noises start getting louder the more you use your dryer, until the dryer sounds like a train, you need to check the drum support rollers. Most people use the dryer when it’s making noises, hoping that the noises go away, but the noises won’t go away…instead they will get worse.  Trust me on this... I get my info from a very rel [...]

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DIY Rain Gutter Installation

If you're having issues with flooding in your home or even just water pooling up on the outside, against your house (which can lead to all kinds of problems from rot to other issues with the founation), you should really consider installing some good rain gutters on your home.  We did this recently with a number of managed rental properties we have (you can see them here on th [...]

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Our Projects

Kitchen Renovation

We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home.  It's also the place to most easily bank a good ROI when you're looking to flip a property. We'll look at some great ideas for making the most of your kitchen space, whether it's to make a buck, or to make buckwheat pancakes for years.


Curb appeal.  It's another point that must be attended to when you're looking to get the most from a home's value. It's also worth paying attention to when you consider the difference it makes to drive home to an attractive property versus something that looks completely neglected. You don't need to be a landscape architect to have a good looking yard.

Odd Jobs

Over the years I've learned that as I do one project and learn how to get it done, I come across countless other paths and ideas that I could travel down to create something cool, or to fix something that I didn't know I could fix.  I like to keep my mind open while trying to remain focused on the job at hand, and I'll be bringing you a wide array of various "odd jobs" that fit this description.

About BuildersNet.org

BuildersNet.org was intended to be a site meant for professional, residential home builders.  It was going to be a kind of hub to exchange best practices, vendor experiences, professional tips and idea sharing.  That was before the real estate crash around 2007.

KevinMillsSince that time my personal and professional life have taken a big change in direction (quite a few, actually), and this project of mine has been somewhat repurposed…

Now, because I’m no longer managing a major home construction company but rather “doing my own thing” with purchasing and refurbishing homes, my focus and interest has changed.  I’m no longer looking a best ways to develop dozens of new homes at a time. Instead, I see things on a project by project basis, within one home at a time.  It’s much smaller scale, but to be honest, I’m enjoying it a lot more!

This site is now meant as a personal repository for some of the projects I work on, and eventually it may become a kind of hybrid of what I initially had in mind, bringing in guest writers to submit their own tips and experiences.  Feel free to contact me if you have any ideas on things you’d like to see covered, or if you have anything you would like to share yourself.

All the best,
– Kevin, of BuildersNet.org