We kept as much of the original 1920s house as possible while opening up and updating the kitchen, upgrading baths, modifying the layout, and creating a guest suite in the basement.
Time frame: 10 years
Biggest setback: Three hurricanes in a row. One of them destroyed the original front door. It took us several months to find a company that could replicate it.
Where we splurged: On our addition, which added 760 square feet to the house, making it more comfortable for us and our guests.