The "before" pix are only scary when looking at the framing and mold we discovered after taking down old plaster, etc. in our c.1850 house --- this is a "during" photo, and I promise to post an "after" photo when we finish in August (?). My husband is a first-timer and our GC and he has done nearly everything with the help of a handful of others (we started just over a year ago, and are scheduled this week to have our first inspections!). Much assistance has come from TOH -- thank G*d for tv and the internet and books!!!