A Condemned Queen Anne Reborn: After

Who: Rebecca D.
Where: Joliet, IL

It's gratifying to bring this condemned old house back to its historic splendor. The pictures hardly tell the story. The scope of work involved: dismantling and rebuilding the staircase; rebuilding the entire front porch, including a 40-foot curved header; structural repairs; refinishing floors, doors and trim; putting on a new roof; adding a master bath, upper laundry, and central air, etc. We did the majority of work ourselves (8,200 work hours); we hired only an electrician, plumber, taper, and HVAC contractors.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: More than $100,000

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