After months of searching, the Tsais found a Sacto area home that suited their needs. The house is about the same size as the former Long Beach house but on a larger lot size. 1970s home, original owner, popcorn celing, linoleum flooring... Julie was definitely itching to give the house her Midas touch.
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One thing that made the Tsais stop and consider this property was the backyard. The bottom portion of the two-tiered lot was well-maintained and provided growth opportunities for the house if needed.

With the stairway decaying and the top portion serving as a haven for weeds, the backyard is a blank canvas, full of possibilities. While each member of the family has their own ideas of the ideal yard--koi pond for Julie, SportCourt for George, and a toddler obstacle course for Jaden--it took time and money before the concept could come to fruition. Starting in October, crews came in to begin the transformation. More photos soon...
Before
Fall 2005
February 2006
April 2006
Concrete and masonry that extended the lower patio area and created an upper patio (or home for a basketball hoop)
Addition of plants, a maple, rock columns, and cocoa mulch
Original
Now
Living Room - Laminate flooring, scraped ceilings, painted fireplace, painted walls, added recessed lighting
Original
Now
Family Room - As the first room people see when they enter, we felt the need to brighten it up. Out with the popcorn ceiling, drapes, and iron grating. In with recessed lighting, blinds, and green paint. Oh, and Jaden's toys, of course.
Original
Now
Bathroom - New curtains, lighting, mirror, flooring, paint, and whitened vanity
Original
Now
Hallway - Scraped ceiling, laminate flooring, new paint
Original
Bedrooms - None of the rooms had overhead lighting, and Orville Redenbacher had claimed control over their ceilings.

A peek at two of the bedrooms now:

Now
Jaden's Room - Scraped ceiling, fan/light fixture, chair railing, new paint, valance, wall shelving, monkey collection, reading corner
Office/Guest Room - Scraped ceiling, fan/light fixture, new paint, IKEA furnishings
Orange We Glad

Speaking of fruit, the previous owner did wonders with the two orange trees in the backyard. In the first two months of 2005, dozens of grocery bags were filled with large, sweet oranges and distributed to neighbors, friends, family members, and colleagues.

More to come... Friends and family members are encouraged to visit often and check out the work in progress for themselves.