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Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day weekend is a family tradition. My three sisters and I, along with various members of our evolving family configuration, rent a house somewhere on the California  coast. We did Stinson for a couple of years, but now that my sister Sally lives in Arcata, we try to head a little further north. As […]

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We love trees. We love redwood trees. But there are way too many redwood trees on this property. There are two right up next to the house, leaving no room for a deck. Timber #2 There are several ringing the house, creating a gloomy shadow except at high noon. We almost didn’t buy the property […]

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The Library is behind the Schoolhouse. It’s a one bedroom, one bath cottage built sometime in the mid twentieth century. When we bought the property, it was configured strangely inside and was painted two shades of puce pink. We didn’t want to put a lot of money into it, but we wanted it to be […]

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We all know it takes a village to raise a child. What we didn’t quite realize was that it also takes a village to rehab a property. Our little family includes: Debra the realtor – Debra’s been in West County for years. She not only knows everybody, she knows every house. She flat out refused […]

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After we submitted our bid, we laid out three possibilities that escalated in complexity and cost. One, fix what was broken, but don’t disturb the existing footprint. Two, reconfigure the interior, but don’t disturb the existing footprint. Three, go for it: expand the back half and reconfigure it to recapture the unusable narrow back porch; […]

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