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.
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