Lori’s Remodels

Palm Desert in Winter The $-million dollar view from the mobile home I remodeled and flipped in Palm Desert, CA

This page showcases “Before” and “After” photos of furnished Sun City-Palm Desert homes I have inexpensively “fixed up” while occupying them, and a Palm Desert mobile for which I did a “ground up” remodeling… then “flipped” it for $100,000 net profit. (Details follow the photos)

78587 Glastonbury Way, Sun City-Palm Desert, CA 78587 Glastonbury Way

38354 Desert Greens Dr E, Palm Desert, CA 38354 Desert Greens Dr E

38727 Burgundy Lane, Sun City-Palm Desert, CA 38727 Burgundy Lane

78526 Hampshire Ave, Sun City-Palm Desert, CA 78526 Hampshire Ave

78954 Quiet Springs Dr, Sun City-Palm Desert, CA 78954 Quiet Springs Dr

Most of the leased homes were at Del Webb’s “over-55” gated golf community, Sun City, in Palm Desert, California, and were built in the late 1990s to 2003. The “Before” photos are on the Left under each house and the “After” photos are on the Right.

Some of the Sun City homes mainly needed to have years of collected clutter discarded (Quiet Springs Lane). One Sun City transformation (Burgundy Lane) was as simple as switching wall pictures between rooms and changing the color of a bed cover… while another Sun City home (Hampshire Ave), that was unfurnished, involved serious gutting out of dirt and debris, patching and painting 60 nail holes and damage left in walls, and removing several wire pull-out baskets that had been installed by a previous tenant to replace insufficient “half-shelves” installed by the builder – Anything placed on the half-shelf easily fell off but while the open-wire baskets took up the whole cabinet space, were too small and confining to hold an average size and shape skillet or other cookware, and too open to contain small items, so I removed all the baskets and installed more practical full shelves. My previous landlord who was selling his Bermuda Dunes home that I cleaned and sorted, loaned me his furniture and when his home closed escrow at the time my lease ended, he had me quickly sell all the loaned furniture that I had cleaned, repaired and refinished.

I occupied my favorite Sun City home every summer since 2015 (Glastonbury Way), and each time replaced items lost or broken by the previous seasonal occupants, resolved the same “half shelf” problem by piggybacking 3-half-shelves to make each full shelf with a level surface, added extra shelving and a matching wine rack to a kitchen buffet, added lamps, patio furniture and other furnishings, etc.

“Before” the “ground up” remodeling of my own 1440 sq. ft. home (Desert Greens Drive East), it was a $150,000 “mobile home.” “After” doing much of the demolition and some of the construction work myself, while living in it, sometimes sleeping in my car while walls were opened up, dry-walled, tiled, added all new appliances and cabinetry, added covered patios all around, and the total exterior/interior renovation cost $50,000, it became a 2004 “house” with million dollar views that I “flipped” for a nifty $300,000 cash sale and $100,000 net profit, within 6 months of purchase.