It wasn't the most romantic activity for near-newlyweds, but there we were, sledgehammers in hand, taking down a wall in our new house. I pulled off a large chunk of the interior wall we'd started with, and Rachel and I peered up inside the hole. We looked at each other, then up again. We couldn't take our eyes off of what we saw.
Shown: Joel and Rachel Banta transformed the sad facade of their 1920s house by centering the new door—built by Rachel's carpenter dad-—and reinstating the original dormer. New, Craftsman-style piers replaced old metal railings.