Who: Kelly Freeman
Where: Danville, Illinois
When Kelly lost her husband to lung cancer eight years ago, she also lost her home. "I just kept moving," she says. An understatement: She uprooted herself four times before finding a 45-year-old house that needed new bathrooms, an updated kitchen, landscaping, and oh so much more. "I could see that it was going to be perfect when I got done with it," she says. "It just clicked." She refurbished the bathrooms and bedrooms, then relocated the entire kitchen. After installing wainscoting and flooring, she created light fixtures out of mason jars as a final touch. "Now this house feels like home," she says. "It's the right size, it's well-built, I love it!" Say good-bye to the tape gun.