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The stairs in a medieval tower remain at the abandoned Chateau de Gudanes, now being restored by an Australian family in the French Pyrenees.

Here's a DIY project to end all projects: Meet the family that's restoring an abandoned French chateau.

"Once it's complete, it will be a fairytale. But we've just bitten in the poison apple and hope to make it out with our lives—and some electricity." Karina Waters' family is restoring the abandoned Chateau de Gudanes in the French Pyrenees.

Exquisite green wallpaper -- made with arsenic in the 1700s. An Australian family is renovating this abandoned French chateau in the Pyrenees.

Mike Hudson chronicles how he built himself an $8,000 home in a van on his blog, Vandog Traveller. "I have never felt more involved than I have in the past 11 months," he says.

Toast sans toaster: In a home that's a converted van like Vandog Traveller's, you don't buy more appliances, you improvise.

Mike Hudson, aka Vandog Traveller, spent $8,000 on a van he converted into a home. Now he's crossing Europe in it. "I've realized how powerful daydreaming is, and how it creates and shapes your reality. I continue to be amazed at how this works."

Dogged persistence: The same folks who restored L.A.'s last barrel-shaped building also carted this Bulldog Cafe over to the patio.

The interior of the Idle Hour, L.A.'s last barrel-shaped building. (Yep, as a matter of fact, there *did* used to be more! Barrels were just one example of the local novelty architecture -- think the Brown Derby.)

Los Angeles' last barrel standing is back in business!

The wood stove isn't original to Billy the Kid's hideout house -- nor is the kiva fireplace in the kitchen -- but both items fit the time period.

Billy the Kid's hideout has been artistically but sensitively updated in New Mexico.

In frozen-in-time Old West town Lincoln, New Mexico, this artistically updated house was Billy the Kid's hideout. He'd duck into a flour barrel in the kitchen when soldiers came after him.

If you thought no one could ever love Naugahyde and foil wallpaper again, see if this ebullient L.A. home can change your mind.

Cindy Brady would have *loved* this groovy little loft area, no? It's got the bean bag, the shag carpeting, the privacy ...

Steve Martin is well known for his art collection. This black-and-white painting on the wall of his concrete home was, believe it or not, done by his friend the comedian Martin Mull. The painting also graced the album cover that Steve Martin designed for his collaboration with Edie Brickell.

Partially buried in a Santa Barbara hillside, Steve Martin's concrete home is all but invisible from many angles.