Who: Lewis S.
Where: Rochester, N.Y.
The ceiling was removed and vaulted, making room for a large ceiling fan. Recessed lighting and sconces on each side of the fireplace were installed. The floors were refinished and insulation blown in. After the wallpaper was removed, the walls were painted sage green with off-white trim. Baseboard heaters were removed, central-air ducting was run, and an electric insert was installed in the fireplace.
Who did the work: I did all the work myself.
Cost: $1,000 to $5,000