The Past, Revisited: Before

Numerous renovations throughout the 1960s and 1970s had left Taryn and Luke Serna's 1940s home, in La Mesa, California, stuck in an unstylish past. "It was originally a Craftsman, but it really just looked like a hodgepodge," says Taryn. By making a few clever Craftsman-inspired upgrades, the owners brought the house into the 21st century.

Money-Saver: "If you're tired of spending loads of money on your lawn, replace the grass with ground covers. They need little attention but still add greenery and color." —Jill Simmons, Zillow
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