Who: Jeff H.
Where: Caledonia, Miss.
We designed the cabinets and the 3-by-8-foot island ourselves and had a local cabinetmaker build and install them. I made and finished all the maple countertops and island top myself. I installed and finished the ¾-inch tongue-and-groove knotty-pine floor. What was originally intended as an island serves as a desk area where we can write cards and store recipes. What started out as a "simple" remodel ended up being much more. We ended up with a very open plan for our family of six where we can entertain, cook, and store our food and supplies without stepping on each other's toes.
Who did the work: I did some of the work myself, but a contractor did most of it.
Cost: $25,000 to $50,000