Photography by Elizabeth Lucille Photography

Michael and Sydney Leonard knew their 1930s central Sioux Falls home would be a project. The carpet was old, the colors were dated, and the rooms felt claustrophobic. But for the couple, who both work in the medical industry, it was the perfect opportunity to let their DIY flag fly and create a perfectly personalized home for themselves and their son.


 “Went on a walk with Lewis when he was just a few months old and saw it was for sale,” Michael remembered. “The guy across the street said, ‘It’ll be gone tomorrow,’ so in a knee jerk reaction, we decided to buy a new house. We knew it needed a lot of work, but we could see some potential and loved the neighborhood.”

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The small entryway was opened up with the removal of a coat closet, and a built-in was repurposed as a coat rack. Walls were torn down, and what remained were very good bones and a modern, open floor plan.




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