Home renovations rarely go exactly as expected. Melanie and Thomas Tucker’s proposed renovation of the three-bedroom, three-bathroom Alamo Heights home they purchased in February not only fell victim to “mission creep,” but also uncovered structural flaws that resulted in a corner of the house collapsed. A project originally budgeted at $65,000 ended up exceeding $150,000.
While planning their move from Wenatchee, Wash. to Alamo Heights to be closer to family, the couple figured they just needed to remodel the bathrooms. They planned to freshen up the rest of the charming 1934 home with fresh paint and other cosmetic touches.