Brave do-it-yourselfer spends time, saves money

By Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Jan. 28 2013 3:50 p.m. MST

She says you can penny-pinch and bargain-shop your way to your dream house. “Just be patient and wait for good deals.” This type of construction takes much longer than standing back and letting the pros move in, and requires a certain breed of contractor who is willing to work with a DIY homeowner. It also requires a set of construction drawings that will keep the project on track and focused on the end goals.

There are still a few things to be done on her house, but she says ultimately the dust has settled on the inside projects and she couldn’t be happier.

Ann Robinson and Annie V. Schwemmer are the principal architects and co-founders of a residential architectural firm focused on life-changing remodeling designs at Send comments or questions to

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