While the ceiling was pitched from 7 feet down to 4 and makeshift walls sliced up the space, the couple saw they could open it up and even add another bath. To cut costs, they did the work themselves—once they learned how. Felipe, an astrophysicist who wanted to work with his hands, and Claudia, a graphic designer who shared Felipe's passion for details, taught themselves from library books with tools they bought secondhand. After mastering basic skills (and with help from friends who are licensed plumbers), they tackled everything on their own, except the skylights and drywall. They even drew the floor plan: Felipe fed room dimensions into Google SketchUp, a 3-D software program he downloaded.
Mirrors: Vintage Tub and Bath
Toilet: American Standard
Vanity, shower faucets: Delta
Red oak hardwood floors: Lumber Liquidators