Cindy and Tony LoomerWhere:
Boise, IDTheir story:
"We bought our 1957 ranch house for the mountain views—we just had to look past the dated interiors. The worst was the messy basement, which also smelled of smoke from a poorly ventilated fireplace.
"To eliminate the stink (and the pain of lugging logs downstairs), we put in a new gas-fired insert. Tony created a grout-free slate surround by painstakingly trimming the tiles until they fit snugly, without any joints. I love how it looks like a patchwork quilt!
Take a video tour of this winning family room
Built-ins create order, a new gas fireplace resolves the smell, and a bar and pool table make it fun.