Budget Breakdown: A DIY Couple Painstakingly Revive an Italianate Manse in the Berkshires for $343K

Budget Breakdown: A DIY Couple Painstakingly Revive an Italianate Manse in the Berkshires for $343K

By Melissa Dalton
For their first-ever renovation, Nick Spain and Michael Bolognino overhaul a 4,500-square-foot former rectory—and celebrate with a backyard wedding reception.

When searching for a property in Upstate New York a few years back, Nick Spain and Michael Bolognino had a very clear vision. "We wanted a sweet, quintessential New England farmhouse," says Nick, a designer who heads up Arthur’s, a New York City–based interiors and garden design studio. 

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