Now open to the kitchen, the room is warm and bright thanks to grass cloth–lined walls, new windows, and French doors.
Jeff had a carpenter lay dark-stained oak flooring throughout the downstairs to tie the rooms together.
So to buy themselves more time to look—and maintain some order in their lives during the expected re-model—they sold their house and rented another one for $1,000 a month.
Almost immediately after selling their old house, they spotted their perfect wreck: a 1,400-square-foot 1953 Cape Cod, brimming with potential and boasting a "For Sale By Owner" sign out front.
Estimated savings: $100,000 Chose to have vinyl siding with a shingle pattern installed instead of painted cedar shingles.