the first headache.

We haven’t even moved in yet and already I’m overwhelmed by the amount of hurdles I have to leap to remodel this home.

We bought this home because of hilltop location, school district, rising value, and potential in room rearranging. The old owners attached an addition to the back of the home that was completed with (some) permits. They installed a large fireplace that is more than likely load bearing, and enclosed the space. It ended up being this covered family sunroom. We saw this space and thought, “Oh shit, this would be a stellar master suite.”

*yes, that is a large cow cutout left by the seller.

Like any aggressive personality, I emailed the city for guidance – who said I needed to submit blueprints for our plans. So I contacted the contractor – who said he doesn’t do this and I will need an architect. So I contacted an architect – who said they can draw up blueprints but will need a structural engineer because we have to proof the load bearing structures are sound.

After all of this, the city came back and said the office in the front left of the house is considered a bedroom due to its large size. If we work on our master suite, it will create a ‘fourth’ bedroom which means we have to show that there are covered spaces for two cars in the garage. We technically have two spaces, but one has been converted into a workshop – that we will later convert into a little gym. To circumvent all of this, we can either work on the kitchen remodel first – that will expand into the office – or apply for a conditional permit which costs more money and requires a public hearing. Because hiring a contractor, architect, structural engineer, and potential mechanical engineer wasn't enough money to spend - oh and the raw materials.

Y’all.

I am proud to say I did not have a meltdown.

Instead – I started the most epic of all Type A plans to figure this out because if Joanna Gaines can do it, I can do it.

The silver lining is that we found out the solar panels attached to the home are fully functioning! Turning sustainable has been one of my ‘maybe one day’ life goals so I’m super excited to be able to do this soon!

Sincerely, Tania

so we bought a house.

Life happened very quickly between Thanksgiving and the first quarter of 2018.

I moved to a job where I felt valued with a direct line for potential advancement. From this job change, life felt very different. I feel like I actually belonged in San Francisco. Prior to this, I always felt like I was on borrowed time – that every day is a vacation and not “real life”. We felt like the area is so expensive, we will eventually move back to Dallas. Maybe not next year; maybe not for the next 3 years; but definitely move back to a more reasonable city.

One day, we went skiing in Tahoe. We woke up early to make the three hour drive. After skiing all day Saturday, we decided to head back early on Sunday and rest. On a whim – and because it was on the way – we stopped at a few wineries in Napa. That was the weekend of February 3rd. The weekend I decided I wanted to start blogging again so I can remember great days such as this. The weekend we knew we couldn’t leave the bay area and be this happy. The weekend we started looking for homes more aggressively.

I am happy to share my new adorable Spanish style 1920s home by the bay!

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I am terribly in love. We have so many ideas for this home, I have a hard time focusing on one project at a time!

I wanted to start this blog as a diary where I basically talk about my life, activities, thoughts, hopes, dreams, etc. The day after I prepped the blog, we won the bid to this house. With this property being a fixer upper in need of cosmetic updates, landscaping, and creating a brand new master suite, this blog might be like an episode of HGTV for a little bit – or a lot of bit since we have champagne taste with beer money.

Sincerely, Tania