During: Demolition Required
"I wanted a place where I could watch the kids play while I cooked," says Sara. All they had to do was gut and redo the dysfunctional first-floor rooms. Steven tackled the construction himself; Sara sourced the materials, finding replicas of high-end pulls at Lowe's, a discounted designer faucet online, and stock cabinets that Steven finished with crown molding.
Shown: Construction lasted four long years; here, the space is partially open and the remains of a partition wall await demolition.