We own a nice, if unspectacular, 1955 ranch house in Mountain View, California. We're the second owners; the first owners had it built to spec, and never remodeled. It was in excellent condition when we moved in, if a bit long in the tooth. Take a look at some pictures I took a couple weeks before we bought it, in the summer of 2002.
When we bought the place, we knew we'd need to remodel the kitchen. Six months after we moved in, we started planning, working with Harrell Remodeling, a well-regarded local design/build firm. After a lot of thinking and re-thinking, we came up with a plan for the new kitchen. But by then the project had taken on a mind of it's own, and expanded to include the living room, and part of the master bath. In December of 2003 they came in and started raising dust. You can watch the progress each month (December, January, February, March, April, May, June), and experience the joys of remodeling vicariously.
And now, finally, it's done.