Just as the market crashed in September of 2008, my husband and I bought our first house. Because we were low on funds and not afraid to roll up our sleeves we have been able to create some pretty striking before and after images on a very reasonable budget. The improvements we’ve done not only look great, but most of them are sustainable (ie: reuse) and energy efficient. Our biggest savings came with doing the work ourselves. We learned so much along the way.