Who: Eric S.
Where: New Orleans, LA
To assist us, the commission provided a circa 1940s photo as the earliest documentation in their files. We had the plans redrawn, engaged contractors, got our permits and broke ground in early October 2009. As with any historic rehab, we encountered the usual setbacks: rotten wood, unstable foundations and a deteriorated sill, not to mention the weather. Six weeks later we were putting on the final finials, touching up the paint and sitting in our rockers soaking up the atmosphere of the French Quarter.
Who did the work: I did some of the work myself
Cost: $25,000 to $50,000