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 Deck Begone

I thought they’d knock down the back deck (top level off back bedrooms) and throw the debris in the backyard but I think that would just make carrying out the pieces harder…so our back deck is now in the boys bedroom! We won’t miss that deck since it was dry rot and the doors to it were painted shut so the only way we could previously access it was climbing through the window- not worth it to sit on crumbling boards amidst bird poop! Adios deck!


Watching the men at the stone slab yard is amazing. Moving the slabs is heavy, delicate work and picking mine out was fun! Luckily I know what I like.

Crunch. Crunch.

And then comes some bad news- email from our contractor: so you know how I said my job is to basically run around and be the bearer of bad news? well, looks like we’ve found a little bit of termite damage. this is on the outside wall of the deck off the kitchen. This is the only termite damage we’ve uncovered. l was unable to see any active infestation — this is likely decades old. I’ve instructed the demo crew to continue removing stucco until they see clean wood. Sigh. Cha Ching.

Something new and different- Insulation

Just having insulation in the walls and ceiling will make a huge difference in maintaining an even temperature. Living in SF, a city with the same temperature all year long, insulation isn’t quite as important as in other places- but still looking forward to having it on those occasional dreadfully cold days- you know, those with a low of 49•~ gasp! Insulation inspection- passed!

Pulling Wire

Well, I had decided to save some $ by not putting speakers in the ceiling until my friend smacked me on the head, told me I had to, and to go sell another house to pay for it! So, our friend and audio expert Randy, was there today with his crew & our wiring is in and we are ready for insulation & sheet rock. Need major audio help or another Sonos speaker? Contact Randy or go by his store- AudioVision

Silver lining

Well, it cost more and was a pain but by removing all of the sheet rock facing exterior walls we now see if there’s any dry rot behind the stucco. This patch we knew about … Now the whole house will be in great shape!  

Horrible damage & dry rot-

 What it should look like-