In Desperate Need: After

Who: Joel B.
Where: Huntsville, Ala.

The goal was to bring the house back to its original charm. Honestly, the remodel brought us closer together. We didn't just restore the house—we left our mark on it. The kitchen is a joy to cook in, and the sliding staircase is one-of-a-kind. There's nothing more fulfilling than preserving this old historic house for hundreds of years to come. We did most of the work ourselves with the help of our friends and family. There was a considerable amount of time spent bargain hunting, sale shopping, and Internet scouring to save money anywhere we could.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: $50,000–$100,000

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