Budget Breakdown: After a Contractor Scam, an L.A. Couple Wrap Their Bungalow Remodel for $176K

The foul play pushed them over their $150K limit, but it didn’t break their spirit in creating a charming home with a backyard oasis.

When Mandy Palasik and her husband, Adam Vest, found out they were relocating from Philadelphia to Los Angeles for Adam’s new job, the couple were eager to trade cold winters for a home with a sunny backyard—understandable coming from the native Baltimoreans and long-time East Coasters, who had endured their share of harsh weather.

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