Lake Mills, WI
The physical labor was the hardest part. I did all of this myself, from demolition to completion. The satisfaction I received from restoring an old gem to its former glory is the part I liked the most. Plus, I got to know many of the neighbors in town as I worked over the years on the house. In addition to painting the house in authentic Victorian paint colors, I made the stained-glass windows for the staircase, the front door, and other first floor windows that incorporate the color scheme. The barn was painted to match the house. I also added the period landscaping. I saved money by recycling as many materials as I could, completing all the work myself, and making many of the missing parts. The front sidewalk was built using bricks given to me after a local house in town was torn down.Who did the work:
I did all the work myself.Cost:
$10,000–$25,000See all the images from this entry.