A Happy Wife: After

Who: Jeff K.
Where: Shelburne, Vt.

The footprint of the project stayed the same with the exception of a small breakfast nook bumpout and pushing pantry space into an adjacent bedroom. We opened up one wall into the dining room and made an opening into the living room. We like dark Craftsman wood but did not want the house too dark. We chose to mix in a stained quartersawn oak bar, nook tabletop, and columns with painted trim and other details. We liked the idea of soapstone countertop but not the cost, so we used 24-by-24-inch porcelain tile at one-eighth the price. Mostly lighting from Lowes with one Arroyo Craftsman. Happy wife = happy life.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: $25,000 to $50,000
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