Aspiring DIYers and renovators take note — if you are looking to escape the day to day city life of Chicago and have the patience (and, ok, the skills, naturally), a creatively updated weekend home in a brick former schoolhouse can be yours for a pretty unbelievable final price.
The Summer 2010 issue of CS Interiors includes a feature on Dave Albin's project. Some of the details that he included in the makeover of the 2400 square foot space in Indiana are a salvaged tin ceiling and handcarved mahogany flooring. In the large yard, he created a koi pond and an outdoor dining room.
And, as the title states, he pulled off all of this for $100k, including the price of the property...with only his own labor left off of the final tally. The sources that helped him pull this off? Craigslist, consignment shops and our beloved Chicago alleyways!
Inspired? Read the full article by Tate Gunnerson and check out the photos by Jim White at: CS Interiors, pages 62-64
Image: Jim White/CS Interiors