Walls of plate glass in the living room blur the line between indoor and out. Boulders used to landscape are the same ones Lesnett removed from a hill to clear the lot, a process that took two years. "The area was so pretty that I wanted everyone to be able to take advantage of the view from wherever they stood," he says. "It's like you're under cover but also outdoors." That feeling of never really being enclosed fools visitors into thinking the house is much wider than its actual 17 feet.
In all, Lesnett expanded his house from its original 2,450 square feet in the 1950s to 3,200 today, largely with his own hands. And although it all appears very polished, he says he did everything on a shoestring—$70,000 total, including labor and materials. That just goes to show what you can do when you have a house built to assist in its own remodeling.