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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Cha-ching

I now understand why every renovation costs more than budgeted! Is it my caviar taste? No- it is code issues one can’t plan for. From having to sprinkle part of the house to now having to remove all of the Sheetrock on exterior walls because in 1950 they used 1/2 inch and current code requires thicker. Cha-Ching….Bright side is most of framing in good shape which means our stucco working! 

   

Sweet Smell of…

Copper plumbing! After 3+ years  of not being able to flush a toilet while someone else was showering, we so look forward to all new copper plumbing. Our old plumbing was ripped out and the new is going in. Can’t wait for our new showers with good water pressure! 

 

Slab Heaven

First time to IRG to look at slabs. Still torn between quartzite and a Quartz composite- one does better with red wine spills and one with hot pots- I’m guilty of mishandling both!

    

Measure twice, cut once

Kitchen cabinet maker came onsite yesterday to measure & finalize the plan. What I appreciate is that every specialist shares their ideas because they frequently know better than the contractor, architect and me since they are such a specialist. So, kitchen plan tweaked a bit & ordered! 8 weeks out… 

Original:

   

Gutted: 

 

Thankful for Wise Counsel

Windows and doors ordered! That is a big relief since turnaround is about 8 weeks. Albert at Bonelli was awesome to work with and gave me ideas neither I nor our architect had considered. He’s a genius for modern Windows and I highly recommend him! From type of glass to hinges, levers, kick plates and alignment- call him- Bonelli!

   
 

The Doctor is Here

That would be the circuit Doctor! It is so comforting to see all new electrical going in especially since when they opened the ceilings they found there had been some small electrical fires with the old wiring- scary! Did a walk thru and realized we need to add 20 more outlets – life in 2016 is a wee bit different than in 1950!  

  

Dreaming…

Of the finished product! Can’t wait to sit and have a glass of wine at our peninsula in the new kitchen. In the meantime… Dreaming!

 

Progress!

It’s so nice to see progress! We are 5 weeks into the actual construction and things are really progressing. Demo, leveling of floors, and now framing is almost complete. The garage level layout now makes so much more sense- New laundry room, office, 4th bedroom (although SF won’t let us call it a bedroom) & new bath. Plus our 1950 heater (original to the house) was finally removed- it was the size of a bathroom! Ahh- The sweet smell of saw dust! 

     

Too many decisions!

From tile which ranges in price from $6-$100 a square foot to picking the kitchen sink, too many decisions in this operation! And there’s a learning curve for each item- sinks: curved or sharp corners, depth, quality of stainless steel, noise transfer…the list goes on. I now understand why your 2nd or 3rd renovation is so much easier! 

 

Stairway to Heaven

One of the biggest motivators for renovating- besides hideous kitchen & baths & drafty windows-  was our dangerous, narrow stairs. Noah and I fell down together. Poor Lucy fell down. Sam fell down. So, before someone injured themselves beyond bruises and scrapes- a new wider stairwell joining the 2 levels is in order. And the framing has begun!