Cost of home: $428,000
Remodeling cost: $150,000
Time frame: 6 years and counting
Where they saved: Painting the brick piers instead of sandblasting them, and having friends restore the wallpaper and design the garden for free.
Where they splurged: Hiring pros to remove the stucco and strip the living room and dining room woodwork.
What they would do differently: Use more drought-tolerant plants and have little or no lawn in the back.
Biggest challenge: Making the 1939 sunroom addition off the back feel like part of the original house.
How they solved it: By matching the roofline of the new porch pergolas with that of the sunroom.