full of SUR­PRISES

Un­ex­pected tri­als and trea­sures dur­ing a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion of a 100-year-old house left th­ese DIY new­bies with a place wor­thy to call home.

Do It Yourself - - MAKE IT - WORDS SARAH WOLF PHO­TO­GRAPHS BRIE WIL­LIAMS PRO­DUCED BY AN­DREA CAUGHEY

says home­owner El­iz­a­beth Burns. When she and hus­band Brian in­her­ited a circa-1901 house from Brian’s grand­mother in a small North Carolina town, they were ea­ger to roll up their sleeves, swing some sledge­ham­mers, and shape it into their home. “That was not the case, un­for­tu­nately. We thought we were a lot hand­ier than we ac­tu­ally were,” she says.

But with the help of Jake Angi, a con­trac­tor and friend, the Burnses dis­cov­ered all sorts of sur­prises lurk­ing be­hind al­most ev­ery wall.

Some shock­ers were dis­cour­ag­ing: ex­ten­sive termite dam­age, for ex­am­ple, and plumb­ing and wiring that needed to be re­placed.

A few of the sur­prises made the cou­ple smile. Beaded-board ceil­ings and oak floors in two rooms were sal­vage­able, and sev­eral items dis­cov­ered on the prop­erty found new life and pur­pose in the re­fur­bished home to give it an aura of age.

El­iz­a­beth and Brian were the best rev­e­la­tions of all! Turns out they have a knack for see­ing po­ten­tial in even the sor­ri­est shacks. El­iz­a­beth has since flipped two more houses, and Brian has teamed up with Jake on a full-time ba­sis to remodel houses. Looks like they have learned to love sur­prises.

“WE HAD WATCHED WAY TOO MUCH HGTV. WE THOUGHT, WE’LL JUST REFINISH THE FLOORS AND PAINT THE WALLS—IT’LL BE EASY,”

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2 3 4 1 The steps lead­ing up to El­iz­a­beth and Brian’s porch once marched down the left side. “We moved them to the front to make it more wel­com­ing,” El­iz­a­beth says. They sized the stair­case the same width as the gap be­tween the posts so they didn’t...

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