Winner: German-Inspired Playhouse: After

Who: David T.
Where: Newport News, VA

The pointed playhouse is for my two daughters and is built around a pair of 200-year-old doors that my wife and I purchased about 20 years ago, while living on the middle Mosel River. I saved money by using the delivery service from the home center and not breaking down and hiring help when I thought something was too difficult. I did not cut corners, but doing all the labor by myself (and periodically with a neighbor or family member) really saved the Deutschmark. The best part was the look on the faces of my two daughters when they went into the loft and looked out the window for the first time.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: $1,000 to $5,000

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