Christine Reed's living room before the remodel
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Who: Chrstine Reed
Where: Excelsior, Minn.

Moxie Measure: Christine Reed felt pretty confident when she and her contractor-fiance decided to buy a fixer-upper in 2009. "He knew how to do every project the house needed," she says. But soon after the closing, the couple split, leaving Christine with a lot of DIY work left to do. "The house had had many delusional owners who thought they could remodel with one hand while the other hand held a beer," she says. But when the going gets tough, the tough pull out the toolbox and get cracking.
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