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Not So Big Remodeling: How to Achieve Big Results on a Small Remodeling Budget

These simple but clever ideas can help transform your ho-hum residence into a place of delight.



Excerpted with permission from Not So Big Remodeling by Sarah Susanka
Photo Courtesy Taunton Press
BEFORE: An entry that's too tall can feel intimidating.
Photography By Randy O'Rourke
AFTER: Lowering the ceiling height inside the door and adding human-scaled detail creates a more welcoming entry and helps differentiate it from the main living spaces.
Photography By Randy O'Rourke
AFETR: These homeowners refinished the original wood floors with nontoxic materials and painted the walls and ceiling with white, low-VOC paint to reflect more natural light.
Photography By Randy O'Rourke
BEFORE: Paint would liven up this dull space.
Photography By Randy O'Rourke
AFETR: Vivid colors and new columns brightened up this space.
Photography By Randy O'Rourke
BEFORE: Greening this little house also provided an opportunity to improve its looks. What appears to be wood siding is actually 4-by-8-foot fiber-cement panels with caulked joints concealed by battens made from wood fiber and recycled plastic.
Photography By Randy O'Rourke
BEFORE: Lowering the hall ceiling is the first step in a Not So Big Remodel.
Photography By Randy O'Rourke
AFTER: The view from the front entry foyer to the backyard was enhanced with fresh paint and a darker floor tile, which lends visual weight. Lowering the hall ceiling to 7 feet created a transition area between the foyer and kitchen.
Photography By Randy O'Rourke





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