Added Dimension: Before

Years of neglect had left this 1940s Cape Cod in Rockport, Massachusetts, looking battered and bare. It took a sizable addition—plus fresh landscaping—for owners John Frisone and Mark Jurewicz to give it new life.

Money-Saver: "Update your house quickly and cheaply by changing the light fixtures. Home centers always have outdoor sconces on sale for as little as $20 or $30 each." —Rita Wolff, real estate agent, Newberg, Oreg.

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