I love stories like this: a guy takes a 440sq ft garage and turns it into a sweet little house.
Here's the before picture:
And here's the after:
The design is impressive to say the least.
What I love about these stories isn't just the massive make-over, it's the sense that cleverness can win out over conventional wisdom. More importantly, I think there's a natural pull to want more (a bigger house, bigger TV, more stuff, etc.) and stories like this remind me that maybe what I have, even if feels like less, can be perfect.
Another example: instead of pining after the latest Digital SLR camera for thousands of dollars, why not make your own camera that can do something remarkably, like capture a 6 month exposure. Resist the pull.
Here's more on the very cool garage house: