NORTH AUGUSTA - Cosmetically, the 1920s craftsman cottage looked horrific when it was bought in 2000 by Pam Guinn.
But Ms. Guinn looked beyond the basics.
"It had good bones," she said. "The rooms are big; there were no termites, and the man who inspected it said a bomb couldn't get rid of it."
She was also drawn by its architectural details such as the trim and moldings on the front of the home as well as the raised diamond shapes crafted into the columns on the porch.
She said she did most of the renovating before she met her husband, Charlie, who is quite a handyman and has continued her efforts.
Ms. Guinn grew up near New Orleans, and her kitchen is flavored with a Cajun appeal. The ceiling is painted orange, and there are bright accents throughout the room, such as bottles in vivid hues of blue and red. Fabrics with hot sauce logos on them also spice up the room.
An iron window box has been turned upside down and is used as a hanging pot rack. Antiques such as a Singer sewing machine and a carton with glass milk bottles round out the design.
The focal point of the master bedroom is the wrought-iron bed, which was once her grandmother's and came from France.
The bed features a canopy, which she used to swing on as a child. The bed and windows are dressed in linens in an array of purple and green shades.
To the back of the room is a tiny third bedroom, which has been transformed into Mr. Guinn's closet.
The bedroom at the front of the home is Mr. Guinn's haven.
Painted in a terra cotta, it showcases his collection of model Corvettes and some University of Georgia memorabilia.
The home's lone bathroom had to be gutted and is decorated in black and white. A black toile covers the walls and white tile with black accents covers the floor. The original bathtub remains in the home.
The bathroom vanity was an odd size that would have required a costly special order, so Ms. Guinn perused antiques shops until she found a dresser the right size. With a few modifications, it fit perfectly.
Ms. Guinn's favorite place when at home is in her back yard, with its numerous flowering beds, rose garden and herb garden.
A deck with an arbor and a swing has replaced the carport.
Ms. Guinn said they plan to continue to make improvements to the back yard and may add another deck and hot tub. The Guinns also want to add more fencing.
At Home With
The Family: Pam and Charlie Guinn
The Basics: 1920s era craftsman cottage with hardwood floors, two bedrooms and one bathroom
Why this house?: Although it was run-down when she bought it, Ms. Guinn has done extensive renovations on the home because it had "good bones."