Who: Laurie Rayborn
Where: Harrison, MI
Moxie Measure: When Laurie wanted to sheathe the niche for her woodstove with fieldstone, she didn't run to a mason or even a stone yard. No, that would have been too easy—and expensive. Instead, she built a new wood frame, dug and hauled heavy stones straight from her yard, then spent three months mortaring them in place. The hearth is now the perfect cozy centerpiece. And it cost her only $200 in materials.