Size: 2,800 square feet, four bedrooms, three baths
Year built: 1929, with an addition in 1990
Year bought: 2014
Architectural style: Tudor bungalow
Contractors: Hunter Reising Design Build
Renovations: Replaced two rotted joists (under the laundry room and a bathroom), the roof and some siding. The attic stairs landed on the basement stairs, creating an unsafe situation, Karen said. The Coopers removed the attic stairs and installed a sturdier set in the hallway between the kids' bedrooms. They also replaced the gutters, added spray foam insulation to the attic and made structural, plumbing and electrical repairs.
Recent DIY project: A mini-renovation of the kitchen, where Karen removed the cabinets and faced nasty stuff, such as cockroach poop coating a plug covered by an old cabinet. She installed open shelving from IKEA. "All the things on my shelves are things I use every day, and I can reach them," she said. A sliding door, for $1.99 at a thrift store, replaced pantry doors that blocked the dishwasher. She snapped up a porcelain cast iron sink from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $12. She also replaced the faucet with one from Lowe's, removed the desk in the pantry and added shelves from The Home Depot, and changed the drawer pulls. The cost was $1,072.
Interior design style: Eclectic. She mixes modern and rustic, vintage crates, typewriters and washboards, and colorful art. "I am a repurposer, salvage-yard-shopper kind of girl," she said.
Favorite piece of furniture: The Pennsylvania House dining table, found at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The table expands to seat 10, and as a mom, Karen said she loved that it already had some nicks and scratches on it.
Resources: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, IKEA, Overstock.com, HomeGoods, Target, Finders Keepers Consignments, Way Out Variety & Thrift, The Home Depot, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Scott Antique Markets, Last Chance Thrift Store, Marshalls, Pier 1 Imports, Lowe's, Floor & Decor