A Design-Loving Couple Set Out to Build Their Midcentury Dream Home From Scratch

After years of searching for a modernist house to restore, Sean and Geri Brunson decide to DIY one—and save $20K by finishing each beam themselves.

When Sean Brunson, a graphic designer and creative director, and his wife, Geri, decided to move back to Geri’s hometown of Satellite Beach, Florida, they settled into an affordable house blocks away from the beach. Happy to be closer to the ocean and in a more tight-knit community after years of living and working in Orlando, the Brunsons nevertheless found themselves unsatisfied. "We had always been inspired by the simple pureness of design in 1950s- and ’60s-era modern homes," explains Sean. "And then we had the idea that we could build something from scratch. That itch never really went away."

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