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Carrie Barker is not the type to leave any details overlooked. Especially when it came to the new home she and husband Brad were building.

The couple built a home in Mahomet in 2013, after having lived in a southwestern Champaign neighborhood for six years.

They bought a spec home in Champaign from Premier Homes, and they were quite happy with it, especially with the features such as crown molding and tray ceilings.

A new life for architectural treasures

Long before they built their Danville home, Dave and Susan Warner were collecting materials they’d use in the home. The couple loves architecture, and they like to see old architectural materials repurposed.

“We’d been salvaging for probably 10 years before we built,” Dave said. “I’d see something and say, ‘We’ve got to have that. I don’t know where we’re going to put it, but we’ve got to have it.’”

The two wanted a bigger home, and they thought they wanted an older home. But most older homes they saw needed a lot of updating, “or they have little bitty rooms,” Susan said.

An open, modern space recreated from a small older home.

This vintage Airstream was restored using sustainable materials.

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