family portraitBy Brian UnderwoodRoom to Grow
Until the economy picks up, the too-small house that was Beth and Mike Hopkins's starter home will be their stay-put home. So Woman's Day sent designer Annie Selke to transform an unused basement into a playroom the whole family can spread out in. Photos by Annie Schlecter
"It's impossible not to feel excited when you come into the new space," says Beth, here with husband Mike, and twin sons Aiden (left) and Christopher (right).
Five years ago, Beth and Mike Hopkins were thrilled to find an affordable small house in Suffield, CT. "We were both born and raised in New England and loved the charm of the area," says Beth. "But the house was over 40 years old and had never been updated. Our plan was to put a lot of work into it and then trade up to something bigger." They wasted no time getting started: "We closed on the house the day before my wedding shower, and a few hours later, Mike and I had already started ripping up linoleum and guttingRead More »from Upgrade Your Starter Home