Restoring a Former Rental House: After

Who: Mark K.
Where: Deland, Fla.

We began by gutting the house. The hardest part was removing the old roof and installing a new one. We refurbished and recycled everything possible, including wood from the roof, bricks from the chimneys, and doors, windows, and hardware. The bricks were used for sidewalks, steps, and our driveway. The old wood was used to replace the floors and to construct the kitchen cabinets. We also reused sinks, toilet, tubs, medicine cabinets, and fireplace mantels. It took 3 years before we could move in, and 5 years to complete. Except for foam insulation and drywall, I did the work myself, with one helper and my family.

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