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Houzz Tour: Home Turns ‘Modern Farmhouse’ Upside Down (18 photos)

They took two-plus years, acting as their own contractors, to build their little slice of heaven. During that time, they lived in that separate unit — a 700-square-foot apartment built over a garage on the property, shown here.

Phase 1: The Apartment

A previous manufactured home on the site had suffered extensive fire damage and was hauled away, but the existing garage and driveway were fine. After the owners finished the apartment, they moved in, settled into life on the land and took their time finishing the main house and landscaping.

The apartment has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. Units like this with their own entry often serve as residences for a parent, adult child, or live-in au pair or caretaker. They can also serve as income units when local zoning allow.

“I think they have talked about putting it up on VRBO,” the Vacation Rentals by Owner website, says interior designer Angela Mechaley. But one of the owners works on all sorts of projects up here. “And I don’t think she’s ready to give it up yet,” Mechaley says.

To the left of the garage, a breezeway leads from the driveway to the red front door of the main house.

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