Mat & Leslie Edstrom had a few good reasons to buy their 1930s home with a big lot 8 years ago. The property has an outbuilding that Mat could use as a studio for his photography business, plenty of acreage for exterior shots and a charming house that they could continue to upgrade for their needs. Now that their two young boys are 'tweens', they need more space for the kids and want to turn the tuck under garage into family space with a mudroom/TV area & pool table area. As they expand the space to join with the existing basement, they upgrade the gym, laundry room and part-time bedroom. The budget is $35K and they plan to do as much as possible in order to stay on budget and hopefully pocket an equity boost.