House before remodel
Photo: Jeff W
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All You Need Is $1 and a Dream: AFter

Who: Jeff W
Where: Springfield, Oreg.
We gutted the house down to the studs, pulled old wiring and plumbing. We removed walls to expand the kitchen and a bathroom. We rewired, put on a new roof, re-plumbed, drywalled, finished floors, created a master bathroom and built a full basement that included an office, utility pantry, and workshop. We transformed a closet into a master bathroom and created a large main level bath. We raised the ceiling in the master bedroom. We created a sunroom from the old enclosed porch. This room has panoramic windows and a view of the Willamette River, great place to watch sunsets. We attempted to keep the house as original as possible. This includes the wide entries between rooms, the colors, cedar shakes on the dormers and the fixtures. We love the layout and feel of this house and are thrilled that we were able to rescue it and turn in into our home.

Who did the work: I did some of the work myself Cost: More than $100,000

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