Thomas J. Story
While strolling through the coastal community of Bolinas, California, Jennifer Price spotted the house she'd been dreaming of all her life: a dilapidated little 19th-century cottage with a peaked roof and a small porch across the front.
"I saw it and thought, That's the one," says Price. Growing up in a suburban tract home, she used to fantasize about owning an old beach house that needed fixing up.
The structure had been a rental for many years. Ross Levy, a family friend and architect, deemed it dank and dark.
"Despite all that, it still felt like a good house," Price says. "I saw how great it could be as a retreat for my husband and children."