Name: Taryn & Sanford Parker (and their dog Iris and cat Tron)
Location: Logan Square; Chicago, Illinois
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 3.5 years; owned
It's almost unimaginable. You buy a house, and a few days before you're slated to move in, some hooligans break in and burn the interior, and you are faced with a gut rehab of what you thought would be a virtually move-in-ready space. This is what happened with Taryn and Sanford, but armed with the required homeowners' insurance, creativity, and patience, they seized the opportunity. Now, 3.5 years later, their home is better than they could have ever imagined.