Home ownership proved to be an amazing outlet for ideas Deviation Studio’s founder Ash Hoden had yet to implement elsewhere. Doing the vast bulk of the work with his own hands was also an exceptional education in both design and construction. It reinforced the lesson that a good understanding of construction is integral to good design. After the interior renovations were completed the monthly utility bills rarely exceeded $25 and the efficiency of the exterior landscape had a similar impact on the water bills, which were routinely under $50. This home soon became a stop for organized garden tours in the city.