Finally – a new front door!


A new front door sounds easy, right? But when you combine a 96 year old house with COVID-19, wildfires, poor air quality, slow suppliers and overworked painters it can take a little extra time! But we’re thrilled with the result. Our new front door required removing all the previous framing and rebuilding the opening for a snug fit. Check out the original redwood siding!

It now opens and closes easily and is far more solid and energy efficient, not to mention much more secure than the previous door. It took a while, but it was a big win!


Bye, bye old door!

Garden Progress!


Our team has been hard at work! This is a big project. First the concrete was removed, then a layer of rock added to address drainage issues and bring the new patio up the the level of the existing lawn. Then a layer of compacted sand, and finally the flagstones.

The boxes had to be sanded and sealed, then a layer of sealant added to the stones as well. 

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Finally, we’re ready to add irrigation between the stones and in the boxes, add the ground cover and fill it with soil. We can’t wait for planting!


In Goes The Garden!


After months of pandemic-related delay, we’re finally starting on our garden project! While the house already has lovely front and back gardens, there was an old concrete patio at the rear of the property that was calling out to be a vegetable garden. 


We want to have a lot of space to grow food and flowers, while still having some patio space and a way to get to the hot tub and the office.

The crew arrives and the jackhammering starts. 

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And it looks great! But now we have to find a green re-use for all of this concrete.

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Now to build the boxes.


Looking good so far!


Going Greener Bit by Bit

As we work toward a Green Point Rating at our 1924 bungalow in San Rafael, we’re doing small, incremental changes that will add up to a greener, healthier and more comfortable home. 

First project – replace the old, leaky front door that sticks shut when it’s hot out. 


Isn’t our old front door lovely? Not! Also, it was broken into years ago and two of the glass panes are actually plexiglass. We have a curtain for privacy, but it’s faded, old and dusty. I started by going for a neighborhood walk to see what I liked on other houses like mine. Here’s a few I like with antique wood and old beveled glass. Check out the door knocker on the door on the right.

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nfortunately, antique doors like these are hard to find and expensive to retrofit to an existing door frame, especially on a house that is almost 100 years old. For both energy efficiency and price, I found my best bet was to go with a new wooden door, in a similar style to the second one, that where the installers would replace the whole door frame to create a tight seal that will be energy efficient, secure, and open and close easily, which is what we really want. The door is now on order and should be installed in late August. Stay posted!

Shelter in a Pandemic


Every realtor I know is being inundated with phone calls. It’s looking like we’ll all be vacationing-in-place this summer, while trying to work from home… and summer camps? Maybe there won’t be summer camps either. Outdoor entertaining is becoming popular, as we’re starting to cautiously invite friends over for socially distanced visits. 

What does all of this mean? More space! Inside and out. 

People want home offices, big backyards, room for the kids to spread out and make a mess and quiet, sanctuary spaces to get away from it all. While feeling concerned about the economy and the economic fallout from the pandemic, the need for better shelter is driving many to make a move. 

Marin real estate is starting to look pretty good right now!


Lucinda Otto

415.505.7837   [email protected]   Lic. #1929512

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