Who: Kelbe C.
Where: Portland, OR
Some projects are just fun. It was like building a really cool fort when you were a kid. Once this project started to come together, it attracted small crowds from the neighborhood walking by to sneak a peek. We saved money by using damaged shop-grade 4-by-8-foot sheets of siding. We wanted the finished building to look a little rustic anyway, like it could have been built a hundred years ago. We also used recycled paint. There's just something about this project that the kids and adults all seem to love. I haven't seen anybody yet who couldn't resist going inside of each building and looking out through the jail bars or the bank-teller window.
Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: $1,000 to $5,000