After two years and lots of planning, they moved the family room
downstairs and added a fourth bedroom to it — a guest room for now and a potential room for one of their three kids later. "I love to work with what I have," Katos says, and she's generous about sharing her ideas on her blog, No. 29 design
. She's a graphic designer, and her design eye gives her a big advantage, allowing her to create a beautiful room and stick to her strict budget.
When Katos learned that ripping out and replacing the ceiling would add $15,000 on to their costs, she opted to keep the same ceiling and wrap the structural posts. Her contractor was able to reroute all of the plumbing within the wrapped boxes as well, saving quite a few dollars. They added a new skim of plaster to the existing ceiling to get rid of its textured finish. New recessed lighting
brightens the space.
For now the sofa is an old green leather one with a slipcover Katos found at Target. This is daughter Mia and dog Dolly.