farmhouse whole house remodel living room with new fireplace mantel and built-in bookcases
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Fixing The Rest

Ultimately, so did his rebuilding of the house's sinking side, which he'd originally favored tearing down. After excising the garage, Leskovar plucked out the powder room and jacked up the exterior wall to repair the foundation. "While we were transferring weight onto temporary cribbing," he recalls, "the structure started to shift. We had an excavator on-site who helped us shore it up—he used a backhoe with a long arm. That was a little hair-raising."

Shown: Early on, the homeowner replaced the living room's 1960s fireplace and added built-in shelves.
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