reader remodel contest winner 2013 whole house after living room with salvaged doors, salvaged church pew, rug
Photo: Lisa Romerein
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Creative Thinking Applied

I told Dustin we had to save it. We did some creative thinking about how to turn classrooms into living space, arranged some creative financing that allowed us to take over the mortgage, and broke the news to the kids: We were moving into an old church!

We arrived with no money, so we decided to fix it up as we went along and pay cash for everything. We had learned our lesson. In fact, you might say we saved the church, and it saved us.

Shown: After opening up the first floor for better flow, Dustin and Stephanie added a pair of salvaged doors that lead to the family room and finished the living room with a reclaimed pew.

Rug: overstock.com
Paint: HC-168 Chelsea Gray; Benjamin Moore
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