American Gothic: A Hudson Valley Home Reborn

The Scenario: Designers Megan Sommerville and Matt Ensner decide to leave Brooklyn to escape rising rents and resettle in the Hudson Valley to launch their furniture and lighting company Materia Designs.

The Solution: After looking at more than 40 properties, they buy a dilapidated 1940s Cape Codstyle bungalow in Ulster County with good bones and 13 acres of land (bluestone cliffs, a waterfall, and a crumbling outbuilding included). They sink their savings into the house, so the only way forward is to renovate it themselves. That means taking the house down to the studs and rebuildi