The 13-month renovation kicked off with a six-week deconstruction, a careful disassembling of the house's parts to save them for reuse. Linda contracted Austin's Habitat for Humanity to remove the attic and roof and take the first floor down to the studs. She'd keep and reuse the shiplap paneling, flooring, shelving, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, kitchen sink, bathtub, light fixtures, and doorknobs. Habitat could take the rest to its retail store.
Here, Lucy, 8, and Ella, 5, play a board game on the stair landing’s window seat—one of many built-in features that maximize space in the house and give it a cozy feeling.