DIY Remodeling is rewarding when not frustrating

By Marcie Geffner -

By day, John Melton, 42, is a human resources manager at a construction company in Phoenix.

By night, weekend and vacation, he's the quintessential do-it-yourself home remodeler, equipped with a workshop, tools, materials and the know-how to get such jobs done.

His latest DIY home remodeling project, a family room makeover, took longer than he'd expected, but his budget, about $3,500, was pretty close to the final cost, and the results were well worth the time and money, he says.

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