Pros replaced the windows, stripped and repainted the cedar shake and clapboard siding, repointed the chimney, hung custom garage doors, and installed counters, tile, and plumbing in the kitchen and baths. They also ended up having to mitigate radon and reduce moisture in the basement when tests revealed slightly elevated levels of both. After two years, the redo was done—but not really, of course. The couple is still toying with insulating the breezeway and upgrading its single-pane windows and French doors. "And then we could put in electric baseboard heat...,” Jim muses.
Shown: The breezeway now opens in front onto a professionally designed formal garden with dwarf lilac standards and boxwood flanking a tuteur trellis threaded with clematis and morning glories.