Who: Matt Bernazzoli
Where: Bakerton, WV
Moxie Measure: For 30-year-old Matt, this 1903 Colonial was the project of a lifetime. As a kid, he used to gaze at the house through the school-bus window and imagine what it would be like to live in it one day. But when he was finally old enough—and financially stable enough—to buy the house, it was in rough shape. Dismissing doubters' calls to bulldoze it, Matt jumped into a restoration. He put in a year and a half of work and all his savings just to improve the house enough to get a bank loan and insurance. After three more years, and with lots of free labor from his dad, Jeff, and family friend Jim, he's finally realized his boyhood dream.