Who: Alexandra R.
Where: Dedham, Massachusetts
As a single mother, redoing an old house like this had been a dream of mine for a while, but was a daunting prospect. In July 2006, I purchased this circa-1895 Victorian. Aside from a new roof and furnace, not much had been done in at least 50 years. The plumbing vented up the exterior of the house. Much of the wiring was still knob-and-tube. The first floor had many doors and two halls, which made it feel smaller and dark.