Budget Breakdown: Four Minnesota Housemates Turn Their Dingy Garage Into a Workspace for $26K

The friends scoured Facebook Marketplace and local salvage centers—locating such treasures as decades-old Douglas fir flooring from a decommissioned munitions plant—to remake the 600-square-foot space into a homey creative commons.
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Kyle Huberty’s enthusiasm is contagious. "He’s really good at making unfun situations fun," says David Rollyn Powell, his closest childhood friend and surf buddy. A people person if ever there was one, Kyle, an architect at Minnesota firm RoehrSchmitt, along with his wife, Elsie, a clothing designer, purchased a 112-year-old Saint Paul duplex in 2017, set on bringing that same energy to communal living.

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