Anyone who has ever fantasized about moving to California knows part of its charm is indoor-outdoor living—all year round. But for too long, Christina Valencia and Kele Dobrinski, the married couple behind design and branding firm Colossus Mfg., were living in a 750-square-foot San Francisco unit with “zero outdoor living space,” says Christina. Now with three young children, the couple decided to decamp to Kele’s native Sacramento and take on one of the biggest projects of their lives—“a 1930s Spanish Revival home that hadn’t been touched in more than fifty years,” she says. “The exterior was a dingy yellow color and covered in dying trees; you really couldn’t see it from the street.”

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