Updating cape cod house

Chimney addition: At a cost of ,000 to ,000, this was one of the pricier changes, but it also adds the most to the property's worth.

Front porch: Originally, the porch had wrought-iron railings that looked "dark and unimpressive," says Randy, who replaced them with wood posts he found at a lumber yard, then painted. Landscaping: To save money and time, the landscaping was kept the same.

By focusing on five key areas, Randy was able to give this house a new look in only three months.

The money he spent on remodeling more than doubled the home's value.

The bushes around the house were trimmed to let more light in through the front windows.

The result is simple and rustic, like the house itself.