My blog has been pretty quiet the last couple of months, not because we’ve been slacking though. Precisely the opposite! Fitz and I spent the last couple of months back in the Bay, putting our new-found renovation, handy-person, designer skills to work on some projects that may make your head spin. I’m still reeling.
The first project took us to the Bay-side islands of Redwood City, CA – south of San Francisco, on the Peninsula, as we brushed elbows with our neighbors at Oracle (with their catamaran docked in their very own “harbor” – read “man-made pond next to the road”)… as well as Electronic Arts, law firms, rent-able office space, mediocre chain restaurants and juice joints, and $2++ million homes.
Ah, such is life in Silicon Valley.
We were hired to paint the interior of a home for a friend who is managing a property for sale on this hyper-priced, souped-up island. Well, paint… and… a few other things. Of course. Thus, begins Month 1 @ the 808.
Some shots of the main event: painting!
But, wouldn’t you know, in addition to painting, Fitz + Em are pretty skilled at some other “around the house” type jobs. In fact we had a list of 40 action items to complete on site… including installing GFCI outlets in the bathrooms and kitchen, fixing leaky faucets, replacing light bulbs, re-aligning binding doors, and so much more! (We are available for hire, at a mansion near you!)
Fitz cleans gutters!
Em replaces window screens!
Fitz takes care of dead wildlife. Yikes!
Em steam cleans carpets!
Fitz + Em wrap insulated duct work!
Then, if that wasn’t enough, we decided to tack on 2 additional projects. We painted the kitchen cabinets and attached new hardware… a seemingly benign task except that there were 30 doors and 11 drawers! Then, we researched, ordered, and installed all new appliances in the kitchen: fridge, double oven, electric cook top, and dishwasher… Good grief we were on a roll!
The kitchen before…
So why did we do it?
Oh… many reasons. We needed a break from the cold, dark folds of Amber Lane. We got paid – a rare occurrence in our lives as of late! But, mostly, for the view! ❤
All-in-all, a wonderful way to spend a month. We learned A LOT… many new tricks up our sleeve for how to manage a project of this magnitude. And, boy do we know how to paint now! 🙂