Who: Dan D.
Where: Virginia Beach, VA
We saved a 1940 beach cottage and part of the charm that makes beach living so appealing. Plus, now it takes only one person to open a window! I was the contractor; I ordered everything in advance, so there was no downtime waiting on materials. All trim and shakes were primed and painted before installation. That saved more than $7,000 in painting costs alone. We started the remodel on Memorial Day 2008 with a completion date of Labor Day 2008, which is when we moved back in. The landscaping took a little longer.
Who did the work: I did some of the work myself, but a contractor did most of it.
Cost: More than $100,000