Spiffed-Up Farmhouse: After

Who: Joe and Melissa P.
Where: South Wayne, Wisc.

The exterior improvements included a new roof, new siding and windows, and the restoration of three porches. We replaced the water well and added a septic system. Interior work included ripping rooms down to the studs, reinforcing floor joists, adding insulation and new electrical and plumbing systems, adding two bathrooms, and finishing each room. We also restored all of the original trim and doors, including baseboard, wainscoting, picture rail, and two built-in china cabinets.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: $50,000 to $100,000
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