Who: David McKenney
Where: Richmond, VA
Moxie Measure: The prohibitively high cost of hiring a pro to repair his deteriorating indoor swimming pool dampened David's spirits until he decided to do away with the watery albatross and create a combo great room and kitchen in its place. After consulting with a few engineers, he set to work on the dramatic conversion himself. On his to-do list: drain thousands of gallons of water with a sump pump, dig French drains, and build a stable platform using load-bearing trusses. It took a year of nights and weekends, but the new room is his family's favorite hangout.