Finally Feels Like Home: After

Who: Lani C.
Where: Ypsilanti, MI

The house is dubbed Pea Cottage and finally feels like home. My dad and I did almost all the work ourselves. Everything is repurposed materials; architectural salvage; constructed from scratch; or standard-size, off-the-shelf new products. Nothing custom. I'm a single woman who hadn't done much construction or carpentry, and certainly no architectural or interior design. I had to learn to do it all: teardown, construction, finish. It's not perfect, by far, but I'm proud of what I have accomplished.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself
Cost: $25,000–$50,000

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