He stripped the old oak doors, rebuilt the water-damaged porch with tongue-and-groove pine, and repainted the whole house a brighter shade of yellow. Brick salvaged from a demoed fireplace and backyard path make up the new stoop and walkway. "The character of the house is just happier, more comfortable, and more welcoming now," says Doug.
What's it worth? The failing roof was replaced with standing-seam metal for $12,000—one-sixth of the $73,000 cost to put up reproductions of the original stamped-tin shingles. It offers a similar look and should last 50 years or more. Homeowners can expect to recoup up to 65 percent of the cost if they sell.