Our Home Renovation

  • Our Home Renovation: So It Begins!

    The time has finally come! I am going to remodel my very own home, and you’re invited to come on the journey with me. In this new series, you’ll see the entire process, including before...

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  • Our Home Renovation: The Kitchen

    Our overall goal with our remodel is to add modern conveniences while preserving our home’s original 1920s character. This goal is especially relevant for our kitchen, which has lots of old-timey features that we love....

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  • Our Home Renovation: Blueprints!

    By popular demand, here are the blueprints for my home renovation project, along with a detailed explanation of the plan. To recap, here are the changes we're making:...

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  • Merry Christmas!

    Ho Ho Ho! Santa must have confused chimneys this year... Yes, that's the port-a-potty in from of my partially renovated house. Have a safe and happy holiday!...

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  • Our Home Renovation: The Bathroom

    We are turning our full bathroom into a half bathroom and a master bathroom! Remember, our overall goal with our remodel is to add modern conveniences while preserving our home’s original 1920s character. ...

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  • Our Home Renovation: The Hallway

    One primary goal of our remodeling project is to get rid of our long hallway. Right now, all our bedrooms and bathrooms branch out from it, and we want to make our house feel more...

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  • Our Home Renovation: The Mud Porch

    My 1920s home has a mud porch which currently leads into kitchen through French doors. I love it; It's great for bringing in groceries! However, in order to remodel the kitchen, we'll have to remove...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Day 1

    Day One is our prep day. We set up our kitchen and dining room in our office. We emptied every cupboard and shelf. We boxed up anything that was attached and hid it in the...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Day 2

    By the end of day 2, or "demolition day", we learned that despite our many hours of prep work, we weren't prepared at all! Here's why: we had thought (hoped) that the house would roll...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Days 3 – 5

    On Day 3, they cleaned all of the fallen insulation off the floor and covered it. I can hardly believe that our hardwood will survive that. At the end of the day, the electrician came...

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  • Our Home Renovation: French Doors

    I went away for a girls weekend, and have come back with a mighty infection on my chest from a spider bite! My low-grade fever makes we want to sleep. Good question: where do you...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Plans Change

    Lately, there has not been much visible difference to our home. However, much has progressed. The electricians have been here every day for two weeks, the plumbers were here for a week, and in the...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Finishing Up

    Our house is beginning to look like a house instead of a project, and it seems that EVERYBODY is here today for the final finish ups. We have the painter, the cabinet installer, and the...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Moving In!

    At last . . . . we begin moving in! The cleaners came in over the weekend to wash the windows and vacuum the dust off of the walls, molding, floors, crevices and cracks. Now...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Settling and Sorting

    We set up our bed today. After sleeping on the foldout couch in the living room for 6 months, this was a huge milestone. We both slept without dreams, neither tossing nor turning. For me,...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Final Inspection, Clean Dishes

    The City Inspector came out today and signed off on the final inspection! Cause for celebration! More cause for celebration: please remember that we began this project with a 1927 bungalow that was somewhat updated...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Phase 2

    Transitioning and moving in is a slow process. We had stuffed furniture, artwork and worldly possessions either in the garage, or in the only two rooms that were not touched. Now we are preparing those...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Kitchen Is Done!

    What with serving 10 days of jury duty (don't get too excited; it was only civil), and working to prepare two homes for market, I was finding little time to set up my kitchen! I...

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  • Our Home Renovation: The Side Yard

    It never ends! Remodeling begets remodeling. Jimmy and I are doing our best to be patient. We want to complete the house all in one go, then breathe, no matter how long it takes. By...

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  • Our Home Renovation: Impulsive Statement

    Is it too much? I bought this chandelier at the coolest consignment store ever: Design Plus Consignment Gallery in SF. I really want to make a statement in the dining room. And, I must admit,...

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  • Our Home Renovation: No Shower!

    We have no shower! Here I am washing my hair in the kitchen sink: We are certainly glad that we decided on the extra deep kitchen sink and the pull down hose. However, Jimmy seems...

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  • Our Home Renovation: 1920’s Bathroom

    One of the good things about living in the house during construction is that you can grab a cup of coffee in the morning and check out the previous day's work while still in your...

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  • Our Home Renovation: We Are Done!

    Finis! The contractors came for the final day last week, and the cleaning crew came to vacuum and scrub every surface covered in construction dust. We finally are able to shower in our own home...

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  • Our Home Renovation: The Finished Living Room

    Our living room is done! Well, almost. There's no furniture in it yet because we still need to choose a paint color for the walls. Mary, our colorist, helped us identify colors that match the...

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  • 8. Renovation Completed; Bathrooms

    We were able to carve a bathroom and a half bathroom from the original bathroom and a ‘water closet’.  Typical of these older homes, there had been a toilet in a closet off of the...

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  • 9. Renovation Completed; The Half Bath

    Prior to our renovation we had a lonely sole toilet in a closet off of the mudroom. When we rearranged and removed walls we were able to create a half bath with access off of...

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  • 10. Renovation Completed: the Mud Porch

    The mud porch / service porch was the first room that I was willing to lose when we first purchased our home fifteen years ago.  At that time, we had the idea of expanding the...

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  • 11. Renovation Completed; the Front Yard.

    The front yard landscape was not technically completed as part of the renovation project.  However, it was completed with this project in mind.  About four years ago we decided to remove our front lawn. As...

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  • 12. Renovation Completed; the Back Yard

    The back yard has a lushness that the front yard lacks.  However, it also requires water. The landscaping, walkway, and distant patio were all completed about ten years ago. We added the fountain in the...

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  • 13. Renovation Completed; the Garage

    Technically, this was not part of the renovation, but the neighbors Eucalyptus tree fell on our garage one day for no particular reason. As a result, the garage was totally rebuilt while we were working...

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