Reaching High: After

Who: Ilana A.
Where: Long Beach, N.Y.

My husband had the vision to see this room as a two-story library. We worked with a phenomenally creative finishing contractor who put his vision on paper and, even better, in our house. The room now has gorgeous wood bookcases with granite tops, and stained-glass windows that we designed. It is truly a phenomenal room.

Who did the work: I did some of the work myself but a contractor did most of it.
Cost: About $25,000 to $50,000
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