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With neighboring duplexes supplying rental income, two Knoxville architects patiently—and affordably—craft their dream home.

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  To keep their project affordable, Shelton and Stuth (with Augie, a friend’s child) gambled on an up-and-coming neighborhood.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.

    To keep their project affordable, Shelton and Stuth (with Augie, a friend’s child) gambled on an up-and-coming neighborhood.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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  They purchased a historic duplex and bracketed it with two new houses, similar in form to the originals but wholly modern.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.

    They purchased a historic duplex and bracketed it with two new houses, similar in form to the originals but wholly modern.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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  Stuth and Shelton’s dining area, like their bedroom, and the rest of their house, is a work in progress. The couple keeps an eye out for deals on materials to complete their laundry list of unfinished projects. Recently, a local surplus building supply happened to have just enough extra maple to finish their floors. They jumped on it. “We’re just waiting for the right opportunities,” Shelton says.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.

    Stuth and Shelton’s dining area, like their bedroom, and the rest of their house, is a work in progress. The couple keeps an eye out for deals on materials to complete their laundry list of unfinished projects. Recently, a local surplus building supply happened to have just enough extra maple to finish their floors. They jumped on it. “We’re just waiting for the right opportunities,” Shelton says.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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  Stuth and Shelton's bedroom.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.

    Stuth and Shelton's bedroom.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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  Their deck has a concrete block fireplace and antique wooden furniture.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.

    Their deck has a concrete block fireplace and antique wooden furniture.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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  A larger view of the deck.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.

    A larger view of the deck.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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  A peek into two rental units reveals simple but strong interiors. The architects clad the walls with polyurethane-coated plywood “to provide a durable and attractive finish and provide visual separation between the two levels in the high volume,” says Shelton.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.

    A peek into two rental units reveals simple but strong interiors. The architects clad the walls with polyurethane-coated plywood “to provide a durable and attractive finish and provide visual separation between the two levels in the high volume,” says Shelton.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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  The kitchen countertops are made from affordable laminated oak intended to line the beds of tractor-trailers, which the couple coated with Salad Bowl Finish to create a food-safe surface.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.

    The kitchen countertops are made from affordable laminated oak intended to line the beds of tractor-trailers, which the couple coated with Salad Bowl Finish to create a food-safe surface.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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  Their tenants include veterinary student Leslie Carter and intern architect Brad Raines.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.

    Their tenants include veterinary student Leslie Carter and intern architect Brad Raines.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
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    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
    Photo by Hollis Bennett.

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