The story of my first major home renovation in San Francisco. Watch as my pink mid-century home is transformed…one choice at a time. I’ve given 100’s of clients advice on colors, what’s trending, good resale choices... and now it’s my turn. Oh, and I’ll still be helping people buy and sell homes, shuttling my kids around, and having some fun!

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Back half of our house had a bad slope in the floors- 2 options were to jack up the back of the house or to rip up all the floors, put down a leveling compound, then put in new floors. We are going with the 2nd option because it’s both cheaper and won’t open up more cans of worms! Photo of our master bedroom…

D day!

Demo day was yesterday and today. While I knew the kitchen and baths would be gone, I didn’t know it would look like this!
Wow! There’s no going back now!

Game On!

After many concessions, changes, and a reluctant agreement to sprinklers, we have the permits! I’m getting a better understanding of why so many folks do un-permitted work…although on a job this size, it would not be a good idea but the hassle and expense are significant!

Inset, overlay, oh my!

Kitchen cabinet shopping has been a bigger education than I imagined. So many more decisions about the actual construction – all I want to do is pick colors and organize the interiors! When I started the process, I thought we would choose contemporary- looks like they’ll be more classic- tbd! No matter what- it will be better than this…

Sink envy

Saw this sink at a fabulous house on broker’s tour this morning…then got a call from our architect that we have too many sinks in the house for our current water main capacity. Lose a sink? Pay 5k for upgrade? Bye bye sink!

Waiting Isn’t Easy

The pink house is empty and we are ready to demo. All we are waiting for are permits…good news is that the head of permitting waived off on the 2011 abatement issue. Hopefully no more permitting issues today. In the meantime, unpacking at “the beach house”…

Packing Is No Fun

As you can tell, we have some boxes packed…and a lot more to go. I know the movers are happy to pack us (more $ for them) but if that happens, nothing will be thrown out or given away and that must happen!

I’m seriously dismayed by the amount of stuff we have yet at the same time, unable to get rid of a lot of it. When I visualize our remodeled house, it’s not just shiny and new, it’s organized so we must continue to slog through the piles!

Pass me another box please.

Avoiding Packing

With the move coming up in 2 days, I decided to buy some paint samples to help me avoid packing, yet still feeling productive.

Painting on the dining room wall we know for sure is coming down was fun…but a tough lesson for the boys to learn that they can’t paint on ALL the walls!

Hmmm…this may not have been such a good idea after all! Sampling: BM Hale Navy, Blue Note, and Newburg Green. Tried them on exterior as well and they look completely different.