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1/6/09- Ben Wheeler

The Little Builder That Could

She just keeps building and building and building.

"I get a lot of positive input from people. 'How far along are you', or 'what are you doing now', so I guess I'm going to have to have an open house," said Freddie Stiefer.

Slowly, but surely, Freddie's shell of a house is becoming a home. She is now sleeping in her bedroom and showering in her bathroom, learning as she goes.

"If I didn't understand something, I would go to McCoys, Home Depot or Lowe's, and say, 'Okay, I understand. You do this way, but how does that part work?'," explained Steifer. "I got hot and cold running water. I didn't think it was a big thing that I was doing it. It was out of necessity that I did it."

The kitchen is come a long way since the last time we stopped by. Measurements mark where the upper cabinets are supposed to go

"It's like putting a big puzzle together," said Steifer. "It's either me doing it, or it don't get done...haha."

Which is the ultimate goal.

"[I'm looking forward to] being able to sit at my painting table and paint," said Steifer. "The rest of my life should be just as interesting as the other parts of my life. As long as I'm healthy, I can accomplish that."

By the looks of things Freddie can accomplish just about anything.

Freddie says she hasn't counted up all the receipts, but she estimates her house has come in at just under 20-thousand dollars. She turns 62 in less than two weeks and retires at the end of the month.

Layron Livingston, Reporting llivingston@kltv.com

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