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Gail & Stephen’s Remodel Vlog

by Gail Thomson on January 14, 2015

in Blog,Home Improvement

About a year ago, we began a total remodel on our Blossom Manor home in Los Gatos. We are happy to announce that it’s just about finished (or at least just about livable)!

Check out our Home Remodel Project Playlist on the Slater Thomson YouTube Channel that follows our remodeling process all the way from demolition to the finished product reveal! You can also view individual videos below.


PART 1: June 20th, 2014: The Beginning 

PART 2: June 27th, 2014: Stripped to the Bones

PART 3: July 11th, 2014: Danger Zone

PART 4: July 20th, 2014: Mapping it Out

PART 5: July 29th, 2014: Plumbing Progress

PART 6: September 20th, 2014: Taking Shape

PART 7: October 16th, 2014: Framing Progress

PART 8: January 9th, 2015: Floors & Windows

PART 9: February 6th, 2015: Pre-Insulation

PART 10: February 12th, 2015: Floors & Windows

PART 11: February 27th, 2015: Coming Together

PART 12: March 5th, 2015: Tile Installation & Sliding Glass Doors 

PART 13: April 10th, 2015: The End is in Sight! 

Thinking of a remodel or home renovation but unsure of where to start? Feel free to let us know, we are always happy to share ideas, advice, or answer any questions you have about home upgrades (including what to do and what NOT to do)!

Cheers! Gail & Stephen


Wednesday Wow Factor on Thursday (the beach is a bit flaky for wi-fi as it turns out). No “pause for a minute” moments on tour yesterday so instead I’m showing you our recently completed garage remodel.

When we bought our million dollar tear down (Silicon Valley at its finest!) the garage was a haven for critters and a treasure trove of interesting sketches, diagrams and strange looking mechanical inventions from the 60s. Oh, and then there was the boat, which we donated to a college project.

We finally made it to the garage end of the honey-do list and hired our contractor, Chris, to take it from trash to treasure. He stripped out the years of grime and dust, finished the inside, painted the walls and floor and added new lights.

The real game changer, however, is the new glass garage doors we opted to put in. We have a large one on the front and a second smaller one on the back. Both are mounted with a side-opener which keeps the ceiling less cluttered looking. They are AWESOME in my humble opinion. We now have a clean and bright garage OR a fully finished rec-room for the kids, depending on how we want to use it. Actually we’ll probably use it primarily for our staging furniture but no reason we can’t use that furniture while we’re storing it 😉


Wednesday is real estate broker tour day in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell and Cambrian.  Every week we get to see newly listed homes big and small, new and old, quirky and elegant.   Inevitably I see something that makes  me stop, ponder and exclaim  “Now that’s a clever idea” or “Oh, this will sell the house!”

Today’s moment came at the new listing at 160 Robin Way , tucked in behind the Marchmont/Englewood neighborhood between Kennedy and Shannon.  This nicely updated ranch home with a modern twist held a couple of surprises.

From a visual perspective the rich brick red commercial doors and windows were a daring choice but it works and they add a modernized Japanese shoji feel.  The bi-sliding doors are a functional plus.  Now why didn’t I think of that?

The real “eureka!” moment came when I walked into what should have been a small master bathroom.  Rather than doing a major addition to add space to this small area, the owners added only a walk-in shower stall addition with glass brick, adding both space and light at minimal cost.  This could work in any home in need of a slightly bigger bathroom without overly impacting the yard space or encroaching on setbacks.

If you want to see this home for yourself, give me a call, I’d be happy to take another look 🙂