after photo of living room with white walls, new fireplace and floors in Cape Cod remodel
Photo: David Prince
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After: Living Room

The expanded space is freshened up with white walls and new dark-stained oak flooring that unites the whole first floor. Jeff, who runs his own custom countertop business, Concrete Encounter, made the concrete fireplace surround.

How They Saved

Jeff did a lot of demolition himself. “It took me and another guy eight Saturdays to rip out all the old plumbing and wiring, as well as the plaster walls, which were under a layer of drywall,” Jeff says. “But it was worth it.” Estimated savings: $2,000
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