Who: Philip A.
Where: Rochester, N.Y.
After weighing the pros and cons of gaining 7 extra square feet of space versus keeping a tiny bedroom closet, I opted to remove the closet and open the room up into a full, whopping 48-square-foot rectangle. This allowed me to reposition the toilet where the closet used to be, creating a wonderful sense of extra space. Almost everything in the room had to go: Only the arch over the shower, the cap trim around the window (I re-created the sill and trim using extruded PVC trim boards), the trim around the door, and the porcelain cross-handle in the shower remain! My other trick to create a larger sense of space was to convert the door to a pocket door. I took great care to create a room that blends with the rest of my 1930 home.
Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: $5,000 to $10,000