Who: Ray and Laura Glueckert
Where: Glendive, Montana
It takes a visionary to look at a dank and water-damaged basement and think, Gee, wouldn't this make a great family room? That's precisely what Ray and Laura did. After jack-hammering the crumbling floor, they discovered what amounted to a muck-filled reservoir beneath their 100-year-old house. They set about excavating all the concrete and muck by passing it through a tiny basement window in 5-gallon buckets—70,000 pounds in all.