The result is a luxurious master bath and laundry area on the first floor of the couple's 1950s house, in Walnut Creek, California. They crafted the space after squirreling away savings for six years and setting aside weekends to do the work, with occasional help from pros whom Tim knows through his job at a lumberyard. They avoided moving pipes and stuck to a pay-as-you-go policy, too. "I love the challenge of making things work," says Elizabeth. Today they have a dream retreat, complete with spa finishes and "just enough space for us both to feel pampered."
Shown: The bath and adjacent laundry area were dated and worn.