To make way for a powder room and small utility room, the team removed an exterior staircase and first-floor closet. Upstairs, they turned three bedrooms into two suites plus a laundry room and walk-in closet, and to top things off built a narrow staircase to the now tightly insulated, refurbished attic.
The only setback, beyond those lost tax credits? The fireplace in the living room. "Unfortunately, when we opened it up, it was caving in," Paula says, recalling with rue the need for a mason and a metal insert. "That was another $10,000 I hadn't planned on."
Shown: The two-part master bath is lined in seagrass limestone tile, kept warm in winter by radiant floor heat. The wall-hung vanity is made of walnut and holds a vessel sink in a white-bronze finish paired with a coordinating wall-mount faucet.