When we at remodelnerd need inspiration we rarely venture into our own decidedly blue collar neighborhood looking for ideas- instead we pile into the nerdmobile and traipse across town to the tonier neighborhoods to see what people with fatter paychecks than we can imagine do with their properties.

Luckily for lookie-loos, officially sanctioned “home and garden” tours where citizens open their homes and gardens to the hoi polloi offer guilt free (though heavily monitored) snooping- not to mention cookies and cheese, and the proceeds go to charity so we can all feel good about it. The Los Gatos fall tour is one is the best, so if you are in the bay next week consider signing on- we at remodelnerd think its money well spent!http://www.mercurynews.com/losgatos/ci_7297531