Bill Weber, the proprietor of a furniture manufacturing and upholstering business, always wanted to build his own house. Making his dream come true, in the quiet farming village of Black Earth, Wisconsin, was a family affair. Bill acted as his own general contractor. His son and daughter-in-law, Jonas and Danika Weber—both young architectural designers—designed the home for free. Bill’s youngest son, Wyatt, a University of Minnesota student, pitched in as well. Family members, friends, neighbors and Bill himself put in untold hours of labor to complete the project, doing everything from hoisting timber beams to tiling the home’s floors. The Weber house underscores the fact that great design can be made affordable with planning, sacrifice, and some sweat equity.
This originally appeared in Labor of Loved Ones