House after remodel
Photo: Tim O
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Great Grandfather's House: After

Who: Tim O
Where: Wallingford, Conn.

In October of 2006 I started the renovation process again while we lived in the newly renovated second floor. The first floor renovation finished up in May of 2007, just in time for our wedding on 7/7/07. I have an architectural background so I designed everything myself. I completed all of the construction myself as well, but left the roof, windows, siding and HVAC system up left to the professionals. It was completely worth the effort and I would do it again in a heart beat. It is something that I am extremely proud of. I actually learned everything I needed to know from watching This Old House from the time I was a child until now. I think my great grandfather would be pleased to know that the house he built is still in our family and looking as good as it did in 1909. It was a fun renovation and I learned a lot about myself.

Who did the work: I did some of the work myself
Cost: $50,000 to $100,000

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