A 19th Century Original: After

Who: Danae S.
Where: Houston, Tex.

My husband, dad, and I did most of the work ourselves, calling in professionals to do detail work (e.g., cabinetry and floor refinishing). The wraparound porch is original to the house and had just been covered up. We used as much original detail as possible and copied details to replace them in other areas. The hardwood flooring in the main part of the house is original, as well as the windows and French doors off of our formals. Here and there, we added our own contemporary touches to make it a unique reflection of our style.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: More than $100,000
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