white living room with built-in bookcases
Photo: Conan Fugit
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The $539 Living Room Lift

Even well-preserved period charm requires tweaking—and a little elbow grease—to bring it into the 21st century. Newlyweds Katherine and Conan Fugit found a lot to like in the living room of their 1917 house, in Wichita, Kansas.

DIY built-ins complement the original windows, and clean-lined furniture brightens the space.

See more of this budget remodel at A Living Room Lift.
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