This week on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we continue the interview with our first guests. If you missed last week’s episode and would like a little intro to our guests Josh and Carlos, click here for the part one of this three-part interview. Otherwise, welcome back to part two of the house tour!
[00:46] We pick up the tour in the downstairs area, where Josh and Carlos did an incredible job tidying up the space for various creative endeavors. We also find out what happened to the little house that was outside on their deck… with a shoutout to local store Scrap.
[11:28] How do you make a room appear bigger? Get some scale sized furniture of course! Looking at some furniture around the room, Matt is reminded of a staging company that did this.
[14:30] When they bought the house (REO) it didn’t come with any fixtures. Josh, who is particularly fond of chandeliers, took advantage of this opportunity to put up as many of them as he wanted. Urban Ore in Berkeley became a great resource as they look for authentic or vintage finishings for their home. But how does he keep them sparkling? He has a system he shares with us.
[15:57] Buying and working on a fixer-upper can become a full-time hobby – especially when you do some of the work yourself. However, Josh and Carlos explain how it’s also extremely rewarding seeing it all come together. We talk about, what can sometimes be, an overwhelming cost of some of the repair work and how they found a great painter who did an amazing paint job on the outside of the house (to the great approval of the neighbors, too!)
[17:27] Finally, we talk about what might have been. When house hunting, there are sometimes properties we love but miss out on for various reasons. One of the properties we reminisce about was the castle in the Bayview area with an exceptionally exceptional toilet, amongst many other exceptional features. Current city law requires water-saving toilets, which has us wondering about the exceptional toilet.. and Matt’s memory is correct – the SF Water Dept. documentation includes the information about exempting toilets of historical significance.
Tune in next week for the final part of our interview!