Bold Colors Inspire Historic Home Remodel

See more pictures from this historic remodel on HGTVRemodels Photography by Maria Alexandra Vettese; Styling by Hilary Horvath

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.

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.

See more pictures from this historic remodel on HGTVRemodels Photography by Maria Alexandra Vettese; Styling by Hilary Horvath

The Scope of the Home Remodel

  • Stripped and refinished the antique pinewood floors
  • Replaced nearly all of the wiring
  • Replaced all of the plumbing
  • Built a new kitchen and master bedroom as part of the addition
  • Constructed custom cabinets on-site
  • Shored up the main beam in the basement to level the frame
  • Replaced old water tank heater with a small, on-demand unit
  • Switched to high-efficiency laundry units
  • Gutted the third floor/attic and added insulation
  • Added foam board to roof for insulation
  • Added 1.5 bathrooms, including a half bath on the main level
  • Painted every window, wall, door and radiator

Sarah, a physician by day, was behind the design and style of the remodel. "Once she got beyond the horror of the old kitchen, she crafted a plan of modern-meets-antique that I think would make the original owners very happy," says Tim. "The Victorians were obviously in love with color and exciting details, so we ran with that."

With the dust and construction behind them, Tim and Sarah say the hard work was well worth it. In fact, Tim's favorite part of the remodel was doing the work himself. "The next best part was making our home amazing for my wife," says Tim. "It was so fun completing little projects each day for her to come home to. Each day was a new treat."

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