Category: Renovations

Renovation: Phase One Update, Demolition and Framing

As I reported at the beginning of the month, phase one of my home renovation has begun.  At this point, it is well underway.  In the past few weeks we have been through demolition, added structural support and plumbing, and started some basic framing.  (If you don’t remember where we started, take a look at my April 6 post, here.)  It is loud, dusty and there have been one or two surprises.  But, it is nice to see progress.  Even though it is still rough, there is enough framing that we can walk the rooms and start to get a feel for the space.  Take a look for yourself.
Future Garden Room
Future Garden Room Bathroom
Future Stairway
Future Guest Room
Future Guest Room Bathroom
Of course, when you renovate a home that is almost 90 years old, there are always surprises.  It has happened in all of our past projects and this time is no different.  First, we had to close off part of the kitchen (originally not to be touched until Phase Two begins) to facilitate some structural work.  Then, when we demolished the guest room it became apparent that a prior owner had removed PART OF THE FOUNDATION of the house when doing a prior renovation.  So, as a result, we have been digging an unplanned trench to replace the segment of the foundation that had been removed and add additional support to the space.  (See below.)  There is never a dull moment around here, that is for sure.
The next step is to start ordering tile and fixtures in the next couple of weeks.  We’ll be sure to keep you posted on our progress.

Weekend Inspiration: Try Something New

We are always looking for something new to do on the weekend.  Here are a few things that we would like to try.  What are your plans?
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Taste A New Wine
The SF Vintner’s Market is happening at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this weekend.  It is being billed by 7×7 Magazine as “the ultimate opportunity to discover new wines from top local wineries and boutique producers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Medocino, San Luis Opisbo, Russian River Valley, and more.”   Since we love tasting (and buying) wine, this one sounds like it is right up our alley. $80-$150. Saturday/Sunday April 11-12: 12-4pm. Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.  To buy tickets, click here.
Eat Someplace New
We have heard great things about the food and cocktails, especially the cocktails, at BDK. It is in the old Grand Cafe space at the Hotel Monaco in Union Square. It is an American Tavern with “enhanced comfort food,” according to the website.  Some of the fare includes:  Thai coconut red curry popcorn, pickle-brined fried chicken thighs with coleslaw and mini buttermilk biscuits, and dark chocolate fudge cake with salted pretzel crumble.  Based on that snapshot, something tells me that it doesn’t suck.  Book now on the Website or Opentable.
Presidio 10
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Do Something Good
After all the eating and drinking above, a little exercise couldn’t hurt. The Presidio 10 is a 10 Mile/10K/5K race in the Presidio. The 10 mile and 10 kilometer courses go over and back on the Golden Gate Bridge. The 5 Kilometer fun run goes to Fort Point and back. The finish line expo include awards for age divisions, hot breakfast, party tents from multiple sponsors, and live music.  The Presidio 10 is one of San Francisco’s longest standing running races and celebrates its 31st year on Sunday April 12th 2015. All net proceeds benefit The Guardsmen, a 501 (c)(3) charity which supports At-Risk Bay Area Youth.  Sign up here.


  • We were pleasantly surprised to find some of our favorite shops in Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village.  Take a trip down, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Planning a renovation?  We’re sharing phase one of our most recent project.  Take a peak if you are curious and stay tuned for updates.
  • Trying to enjoy the great outdoors in a small space?  One of our bistro sets might be just the thing to help you do that.
  • Need to light up your life?  Peruse our top ten chandeliers; they are certain to make a dim space dazzling.


Renovation: Phase One

We have finally begun phase one of our home renovation.  (There will only be two phases.) Between now and mid-August, we are renovating the garage level of our house to add a guest room, a garden room, a laundry room, wine storage, a renovated staircase, and another bathroom.
Here’s the plan:
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We are living upstairs during phase one.  When phase one is complete, we will move into the rooms downstairs and phase two will begin on the main living space in our house.  We got held up in the planning department for a couple of weeks, but we are finally in the demolition stage.  Here is where we are starting:
Studio 1
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Studio Bath
stairs 1Stay tuned for updates.  We can’t wait to see some progress!