Deserved to be Restored: After

Who: Barbara and Ron B.
Where: Walpole, ME

The house has so much character and deserved to be restored. It feels warm and flows so well, and people remark on that when they are here. It is full of light and beautiful surfaces, yet the primitive antiques we love so much fit perfectly. The biggest place we saved money was in the master bath. The original was tucked under the eaves, had no shower, and was wallpapered from ceiling to floor. Dormers would have cost $30,000. Instead, we installed skylights for about $1,000 and floated a shower and vanity in the center.

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

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