Annie Belle, 22, of Kalamazoo, Mich., built her own home this year. It's small, open concept, neutral decor, and the best part is that Belle is mortgage free.

A fibre artist, Belle knit her all-wool house as her entry in the ArtPrize festival in Grand Rapids, Mich.

As It Happens co-host Carol Off spoke with Belle, who says her family lost their home to foreclosure when she was 16 and her mother taught her to knit to deal with the stress.

Belle's wool house is about three metres by three metres with a roof on one end, and a knitted couch, chair, ottoman, slippers and lamp.