Kara settled for the house next door. But, five years later, the owner changed his mind, and they leapt at their chance. They bought the house in 2005 and immediately began gutting the space—but saved everything of value. A few weeks into the project, while on vacation in Puerto Rico, Kara got word that the third vintage house on our block had been set on fire, and the blaze threatened both the house she was working on and the one she was living in. Both homes survived with no structural damage, but it was a close call.
See more of this old-house rescue in Down-in-the-Dumps Bungalow Revival