Inside a $140,000 renovation

Allyn Brown didn't like the cramped layout of his 1970s ranch house, but the location was too good to give up. So he made the home over, creating a spectacular place to live.

Home is (again) where his heart is
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With real estate prices on the rise, it's safer than it has been in years to invest in your home. The key is to remodel efficiently.

Allyn Brown, a 68-year-old attorney, hired contractor Neil Kelly Company and designer Joel Fraley to overhaul his home in Sherwood, Ore. The renovation project has turned Brown (shown here in his new kitchen) into a chef and frequent party host.

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