Who: Heidi Hill
"A bag of clay is eight bucks," says Heidi. "Nobody's probably as crazy as me, but making tiles myself was the cheapest way to do a countertop." So she rolled and cut 1,262 2-inch-square tiles for the flat surfaces and formed 250 edge pieces. Then she kiln-fired them all twice and glazed them three times before installing them. "I try not to even think about how many hours it took," she says. "It's not a project for someone who needs instant gratification."