Life in the dream home

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A while ago I had mentioned that our roof was on its last legs and needed replacement here.  Well we finally got it done last month and here’s picture of our brand new roof.

We got the terracotta color because we wanted it to match the color of our deck and because it complemented the yellow facade of our home really well. Here is a close up of the roof,

and a picture of our deck. Of course our deck needs a good scrub, a fresh coat of stain and some sealant.

The old roof was had much much more damaged that we had thought originally and the contractor said that we had done the right thing by replacing it this season as it probably wouldn’t have lasted 12 more months. The wood was literally falling apart. It was like powder in some places.

Can you see the rotten gutters in the picture below?

The wood shingles over this part of the damage looked okay, but we peeled then, we found holes in the roof.

The damage in the above picture is located to the right of the living room. Look what happened to the ceiling in the living room from water leaking through the damaged roof.

That’s water damage and yes I know we have popcorn ceilings. I still haven’t found a lab that I like to do the asbestos testing and even if it turned out that we do not have asbestos in the ceiling, removing this popcorn is way down on my list.  So, we went from this, a bland boring roof,

to this when we literally had no roof,

to this,

and finally this.

Now that we got the major things that we couldn’t do ourselves out of the way, its time to focus on the fun stuff.

BTW, I would be eternally grateful if anyone can direct me to a good video or tutorial on how to insert a window screen back into the window. The old screen was torn and had been taken out by the previous homeowners. Buying a whole roll of the screen to replace the torn part seemed like a waste of money, because the roll of screen material came to more than twice what a pair of new screens costed. But, I haven’t been able to insert them at all even after trying for hours. The few videos that I came across haven’t really been helpful. So if anyone has any suggestions, please please do throw them my way.


We’ve lived in our home for 100 days now and are completely loving it.

The floor plan is working perfectly for us, the school is good and a 5 minute walk through the park literally, the park is 2 doors down the street and a complete hit with the kids.

When the husband needs to work from home which is 3 days a week sometimes, there is enough room for him to work undisturbed without me having to ask the kids to keep the noise level down the entire time. The kids in turn have enough room to run, play, roll, jump, scream in short have fun.

But we know that there is a lot more that needs to be done to convert this dream house into our dream home.  So I made a list of all the things that I thought we needed to do. Some of those improvements are both important and urgent, some can wait and some are purely for style and comfort.

Here is a list of things that we came up with.

  1. Termite treatment. DONE ( Completed on move in day).
  2. Get a new roof.
  3. Paint- interior and exterior.
  4. Remove popcorn ceilings and texture from interior walls.
  5. Add recessed lights in the  living room, family room and kitchen.
  6. TV wall and media storage in family room.
  7. Replace carpet.
  8. New microwave  and trim for the built in cabinet.
  9. Remove the plants and shrubs under front window
  10. Remove weeds in the driveway and side yard
  11. Backyard landscaping ( new lawn, sprinklers, lights)
  12. Paint deck and fence
  13. Plant flowers in front yard
  14. Build  wooden platform to cover pipes in the front porch
  15. Clean and paint fireplace
  16. Change glass doors of the built-ins
  17. Refinish all fixtures from brass to bronze
  18. Install curtain rods
  19. Install new microwave and trim
  20. Create new office space.
  21. Plant a couple of fruit trees in the back yard.
  22. Convert the wall in sitting room into an office for the husband.
  23. Sew curtains.
  24. Organize garage and set up zones for work and play.
  25. Changing all bulbs to energy efficient
  26. Shelving in the garage
  27. Change light fixtures
  28. Remove shower door in upstairs hall bath and install shower curtain instead.
  29. Add shelving in the downstairs hall closet to make it into pantry/coat closet.
  30. Convert walk-in closet in the master bedroom sitting room to a sewing space.

This is by no means an exhaustive list and I will add to and update it as we go along.

Picking up from where we left off yesterday, here’s a tour of the second floor of our home comprising of the master suite and two bedrooms. One is ahared by the kids and the other is used as a guest room.

This is our master suite.

This is the sitting room attached to the master bedroom.

The sitting room was originally a bedroom, but the previous owners, took the wall out and converted it to its present state.  Here is another view  of the sitting room. The doors that you see is where the entrance to the room was before.

This is the master bath.

The hall bath.

This is the 2nd bedroom, which we use as the kids room now.

This third bedroom is currently used as a guest bedroom but I am planning to convert it into either my daughter’s bedroom or my sewing studio.

I do have a few more pictures of the rooms, but need to edit them first. So this concludes the tour of our home. I will be back with a to-do list next time.

Hi there,

First a picture of our new home.

The "Makaan" of Roti Kapda aur Makaan

So we’ve lived in the house for close to 3 months now and are finally settling in. Almost all of the boxes have been unpacked even though many things are not in there final homes yet and are always being moved around. We also haven’t bought any furniture yet, ( although I’ve been visiting furniture stores and craigslist frequently) is for a couple of reasons.

The first reason bring that this time around I simply do not want to add furniture to the home without any consideration to design and aesthetics  and second being that we wanted to get a new roof before we started spending money on other things.

This home was a bank owned foreclosure and we knew before we bought the home that its roof would need replacement and it would have to happen SOON. Every time it rained we would cringe and pray that the roof not leak, this was especially true after the last storm that brought hail to the Bay Area.

Hail deposited by the storm last week

Now I know that this is not a lot, but for a roof that has missing shingles and two people who do not know a lot yet about roofs and repair of roofs, it was scary.

So we finally got our free estimates done and chose a new roof for our home. We are going with this brand of roof called Certain Teed and are having it installed next week. Hopefully with the roof taken care of we can focus on the other million things that need to be taken care of in the home.