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DC Woodworks

Written by the Symplicity team

Maritime Resilience is a series of stories on how local organizations are adapting to COVID-19.

Pandemic prompts DC Woodworks to flip to renovations

Denika Coakley is a big fan of renovation shows. The carpenter and owner of DC Woodworks saw the recent pandemic lockdown as a perfect opportunity to pursue her dream of flipping houses full time and recording her projects in a HGTV-style YouTube series.

Coakley most recently earned her living building custom furniture. She was on vacation in March when Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency because of the pandemic. When she returned she found her work had dried up. Customers were cancelling their orders. She couldn’t even buy supplies.

“The first month was pretty emotional. People weren’t thinking about buying shelving units at that stage. I realized how closely tied my identity and mental health were to my job. Looking back, that downtime turned out to be a blessing in disguise.”

Coakley always wanted to try flipping houses, but she put it off because she was busy with furniture orders. The pandemic shutdown was her chance to try it.

“My end goal has always been to flip houses. I just love properties. But I never took it seriously because I was always too busy. This seemed like the perfect time to try flipping a house just to see how it would go.”
Coakley started looking around for an older, affordable house she could fix up for sale. Although the real estate market was affected by the economic downturn, Coakley wasn’t worried.

“I was looking for the ugliest, grossest house out there. I didn’t feel like I was in competition at all. I was after the house no one else wanted.”

From beautiful custom furniture and decor to the ugliest house she could find, Denika Coakley is pursuing her dream, all thanks to the pandemic.
As other businesses jump through hoops to re-open, Coakley says it’s just her and the plumbers and electricians on site at the house. She already has a loyal following on Instagram and the DC Woodwork YouTube channel. She’s hired a videographer to film an 8-part series for YouTube about her property flip project.

She hopes the series will get noticed by TV networks, but more than anything she hopes to be a role model for young girls who might be considering carpentry as a career.

“I don’t want a medal for being a woman in carpentry. I just want it to be normal. My goal is for carpentry to just be a regular career choice for the younger generation of girls.”

DC Woodworks is flipping homes and sharing her journey with DIY videos and more.

Follow her progress on social media or Youtube.

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