Name: Sarah and Brian Meeks
Location: Homewood, Illinois
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years; owned
Nearly everything in Sarah and Brian's house – from the credenza they found on the side of the road right down to their three cuddly shelter pets – has been rescued or re-purposed. In many ways, the house itself was a rescue story: Sarah grew up two houses away, and when the house went on the market, they snatched it up despite the fact that it was, to put it mildly, in less than peak condition. The first night in the house, they tore down a wall, and since then, they've poured countless hours and lots of love into fixing up their home.