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It is fair to say, most of us would welcome with open arms a queue of experienced and creative architects, plans in hand, ready and willing to help out with the renovations of a neglected property. But not for retired couple Suzi and Gene Mann. When they fell in love with an ancient warehouse in the historic 16th century town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and took on the enormous challenge of turning it into a livable home, they were more than prepared to design the renovations themselves. They looked at the architects' proposals for a sleek, contemporary home and wanted exactly the opposite: the architects were sent packing.