Photo: Ian Worpole
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What They Did

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.
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