Illustration of queen anne home after remodel
Illustration: Ian Worpole
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What We Did:

Restored a condemned 1887 Queen Anne that had been vacant for about three years.

Cost: $100,000 plus our labor.

Time frame: Six months to prepare plumbing, electrical, and structural repairs for inspection. Close to two years to complete the interior, front and back porches, and new siding.

Where we saved: Kept most of the layout the way it was. Did the demolition, reframing, rewiring, insulation, and cosmetic work ourselves. Shopped at home centers and salvage yards.

Where we splurged: Energy-efficient windows, and granite-tile countertops on the island and breakfast bar. What we would do differently: Opt for cedar instead of vinyl siding, and rebuild the second-floor porch.

Biggest challenge: Getting work done quickly to secure a home loan.

How we solved it: Living in the house while struggling to stay ahead of the plumbers and roofers.

Floor plans: On the first floor, a small bath came out and a spare room became a full bath. The second-floor kitchen became a bath, and the adjacent bath, a laundry room.
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