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Family Tackles a Historic Fixer-Upper
Jun 23, 2017

Family Tackles a Historic Fixer-Upper

Homeowners work together to remodel a century-old home with bold colors and additional space.


When Tim Krovel and Sarah Ketchum first saw their Portland, Maine, home, Sarah said "no way" and Tim saw the potential. After moving from Chicago, the couple was looking for a fixer-upper because Sarah's new job afforded Tim the opportunity to work full-time on the remodel. What they found was a house in need of an overhaul.

Every room, floor and fixture needed work. "It was loaded with so much character, though," says Tim. He convinced his wife to go for it after the city approved a two-story 16’x12’ addition that would include a new kitchen and master bedroom.

Through the remodel, Tim and Sarah hoped to gain space to entertain guests and room for a growing family with an urban lifestyle. Tim spent seven months working full-time on the remodel with a budget of $60,000. "I think we accomplished a $100,000 renovation for less, mostly on the back of my free labor, but also on the many, many choices we made throughout the project," says Tim.

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