Joan Steffend visits an architect who decided to build his own house to eliminate the details that would typically add to the cost.
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Homeowner Ben Awes built his own house but saved money while doing it. Here are some of the cost-cutting ways he was able to get what he wanted at a fraction of the retail price.
- He had a tree that had fallen on his parents' property milled into planks so he could use them for his wood floor.
- The fireplace hearth is composed of floor tile samples that were given to Awes at no cost.
- The oversize windows were purchased from an auction. Since a regular curtain rod wouldn't span the space, Awes installed a cable across the top and hung simple panels from clips attached to the cable with ball chain.