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Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck Resident Brian Whitlock saved some serious cash by taking on much of the construction work himself. By wiring his house himself, he saved around $30,000. “People have a visceral fear of electricity, which is healthy in some ways,” he says. “But I think it gets a bad rap.”  Best Photos from Hand-Made Houses