What I Did

Renovated a century-old bungalow, keeping true to its original structure and details while carving out more living space.

Remodeling cost: About $225,000
Time frame: 23 months
Where I saved: Using salvaged materials and buying light fixtures at a going-out-of-business sale.
Where I splurged: The spalike master bath with three showerheads, marble mosaic tile, and a new vent-free firebox.
What I would do differently: Put a skylight in the hallway above the stairwell from the beginning—am planning to do it now.
Biggest challenge: Figuring out how to put in a permanent staircase and configuring the second-floor space.
How I solved it: Moved a wall to widen the hallway.
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