Winner: Colorful Queen Anne Restoration: After

Who: Diana K.
Where: Bloomington, IL

We have successfully restored our house to its 1894 appearance, and we have created an authentic landscape that is appropriate to the period and architecture of the house. We acted as our own general contractors. We did all of the exterior painting and window restoration, in addition to a million other tasks—including all of the landscaping—ourselves. Retaining a positive outlook was also often difficult when we were constantly reminded by others that we "didn't know what we had gotten ourselves into." What I like best is that we have preserved a piece of history and with the yard we have created a thing of beauty.

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

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