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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 BennettCourtesy of: 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

    Courtesy of: 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 BennettCourtesy of: 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

    Courtesy of: 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 BennettCourtesy of: 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

    Courtesy of: Hollis Bennett

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  Stuth and Shelton's bedroom.  Photo by: Hollis BennettCourtesy of: Hollis Bennett

    Stuth and Shelton's bedroom.

    Photo by: Hollis Bennett

    Courtesy of: Hollis Bennett

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

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

    Photo by: Hollis Bennett

    Courtesy of: Hollis Bennett

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

    A larger view of the deck.

    Photo by: Hollis Bennett

    Courtesy of: 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 BennettCourtesy of: 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

    Courtesy of: 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 BennettCourtesy of: 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

    Courtesy of: Hollis Bennett

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    Photo by: Hollis BennettCourtesy of: Hollis Bennett

    Photo by: Hollis Bennett

    Courtesy of: Hollis Bennett

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

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

    Photo by: Hollis Bennett

    Courtesy of: Hollis Bennett

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    Photo by: Hollis BennettCourtesy of: Hollis Bennett

    Photo by: Hollis Bennett

    Courtesy of: Hollis Bennett

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