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Flip & Give project nears completion.

The winner of the lion's share of a charitable donation from the Flip & Give house, a renovated residence at 3317 Devine St. in the Shandon area, will be announced June 4.

Columbia real estate firm The Moore Co. announced the Flip & Give project last July. Five community charities will receive a percentage of the net profits from the sale of the house, with online voters determining which organization gets the largest share.

Online voters also chose design features for the house including kitchen cabinet colors and the master bathroom tile pattern. Local construction and roofing companies, design firms, contractors and mortgage brokers donated services to the project, which transformed the 1920s-era house from a two-bedroom, one-bath, 1,348-square foot structure into a four-bedroom, three-bath, 2,800-square-foot showpiece.

"It's been a fun project and a rewarding project," Graeme Moore, owner of The Moore Co., said. "I'm still blown away by the support we received from the community. Without these subcontractors and local companies and distributors and suppliers, we would not be able to donate the amount of money we're donating."

Moore estimated in October 2018 that the completed house could fetch around half a million dollars. It was purchased for $130,000, with renovations costing around $150,000. Those figures would see the winning charity pocket nearly a quarter of a million.

Moore said house sale is scheduled to close June 3. A sneak peek of the redesign will be held May 30.

"We had a lot of interest," Moore said. "We never officially put it on the market. It was a private sale, and it was client of The Moore Co. that ended up buying the house. Great couple, younger, both in health care, new to the area, super-excited about the house."

That excitement was evident in every stage of the project, with The Moore Co.'s website getting an immediate 20,000 views on an introductory video, Moore said.

Rain from Hurricane Florence last September slightly delayed the project's estimated time of completion, and new subflooring had to be installed throughout the house because of termite damage. But all in all, the project went smoothly, Moore said, and is one he'd like to attempt again if future conditions are amenable.

"I would love to be able to, someday," Moore said. "I don't know if it's going to be right away, but we would love to be able to do it again at some point."

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