House Tour

Welcome to our home! It’s a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house in northern California. We’ll update this page as we make progress on updating the house and include links to relevant blog posts.

Exterior Front

One of our first major updates was the yard. Until Spring 2018, the front yard was looking like this:

After exploring some landscape ideas we hired out for a drought-tolerant makeover. Now the front yard looks like this:

Front Yard Plans:

  • Clean the siding
  • Paint the front door
  • Add pavers to the right of the garage

Exterior Back:

A crumbling retaining wall, patchy yard, and awkwardly placed trees made for a difficult to maintain backyard.

We included the backyard in our yard makeover plan and after the removal of three trees, a brand new wall, new sod, and defined lawn edging, things were looking a lot better. Then we pruned a bunch and redistributed our rocks for better functionality.

In addition to landscaping changes, we built a catio, including a custom cat door window insert for access.

Back Yard Plans:

  • Rebuild the patio overhang
  • Outdoor dining furniture

Living Room:

The house was looking rather bachelor pad before Kimmy moved in and was badly in need of a fresh paint job.

After a bit of updating and painting the door, it’s looking more like so:

Living Room Plans:

  • Book storage that suits space better
  • Console table or something behind couch
  • Different TV console?


Kitchen/Dining Plans:

  • Paint
  • Refinish or replace cabinets
  • Replace countertops/sink
  • Update light fixtures
  • More substantial island

Powder Room

Powder Room Plans:

  • Paint
  • Refinish cabinets
  • Update hardware
  • Art

Upstairs Hall

Hall Plans:

  • Paint
  • Get carpet stretched or replaced
  • Refinish or replace cabinets?

Master Bedroom

The master had a couple good foundation pieces but was looking a little sparse.

Some fresh paint, updated lighting, furniture, and art pulled it together into something a little more cohesive.

Master Bedroom Plans:

  • Get carpet stretched or replaced

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom Plans:

  • Paint
  • Refinish cabinets
  • Replace countertop/sink
  • Update hardware


Office Plans:

  • Paint
  • Update ceiling fan
  • Rearrange to accommodate both Kimmy and DJ

Spare Room

Truly a spare in it’s past life, this room used to be primarily used as storage space.

Now it’s furnished as a guest room and looking like this:

Guest Room Plans:

  • Replace nightstands with something that better suits the room’s style
  • Some art updates?

Hall Bathroom

Hall Bathroom Plans:

  • Paint
  • Refinish cabinets
  • Replace countertop/sink
  • Replace cabinet with open shelf
  • Update hardware


Before any updates….

After changing the light fixture and painting the door:

Entry Plans:

  • Refinish or replace stair rail