Realtor Joe Brasil “saved an old house, aesthetically improved the neighborhood, employed people for a year and ‘made a little money,’ ” in a top-down renovation of an 1868 house and barn down the street from his own home that had been vacant for 30 years, the Napa Valley Register reports.

To keep the property on the historic register, the facade had to be kept intact. Brasil saved old shiplap siding, beadboard ceilings, a claw-foot tub, and the original floors and doors, adding “vintage meets modern” touches throughout. The Register reports that the two-bedroom home sold the first day on the market. According to Zillow, Brasil paid $150,000 for the home, which was listed for sale at $649,000. Source: napavalleyregister.com

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