Remodeling cost: $30,000
Time frame: 1 year
Where they saved: Using salvaged bath fixtures, installing faux tin tiles for the ceiling, and pouring concrete floors instead of replacing the rotted planks with new wood.
Where they splurged: On a flat-screen TV and other home-theater equipment.
What they would do differently: Use wax instead of an acrylic sealant to protect the concrete floors. The acrylic didn't adhere well, and it's peeling off in places. The wood-furniture wax we used on the bar prep counter, however, works great.
Biggest challenge: Pouring the concrete floors and making the molds for the concrete counter.
How they solved it: Called in favors from friends, who also happen to be skilled craftsmen.