The renovated Craftsman incorporates today's technology in other ways, as well. A new HVAC system—with ductwork ingeniously positioned in closet corners and wall cavities where opportunities presented themselves—ensures efficient heating and cooling, and an array of 36 photovoltaic panels was installed on the south-facing slope of the gable roof. "I basically don't have an electricity bill," says Aaron, who is as happy about that bottom-line benefit as he is about the overall look and feel of the two-year-long remodel. He is applying for historic status for the house and, while he awaits the verdict, is looking forward to celebrating its centenary, in just three years. Says the reformed—for now, anyway—serial renovator: "I'm here to stay."
Shown: About half of the 12-by-16-foot master bedroom is new square footage in the two-story addition. The master closet, with five-light frosted-glass pocket doors, is fitted with the first test-run cabinets Aaron made for the house; he reckoned that any mistakes wouldn't be on display in there.