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December 4, 2013
Remodeling your home can come with a lengthy list of expenses and countless price tags. Here are seven transformations that cut costs and stick to their desired budget without compromising their dream home.
Brooklyn entryway

A family enlists Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate a brownstone using surplus and salvaged materials for a budget-conscious patina. By moving the foot of the stairway away from the front door, Bischoff and his team carved out a transition point from the stoop and sidewalk below, providing a welcome measure of privacy. (Visitors must scale the steps and stand at the door before they can peer in.) Photo by Matthew Williams.

Originally appeared in A Wallpaper Story
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Regina and Andy Rihn open the sliding doors in the main living space when they need more ventilation, while the two dogs prefer to use their custom door to get a little fresh air.

Regina and Andy Rihn weren’t exactly modernists when they first began their frustrating, unproductive slog through the pricey Austin, Texas, real estate market. “We just liked things that were old and wood,” Andy says. “That was our aesthetic.” But thankfully for them, the first-time homebuyers got lucky. Photo by Misty Keasler.

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Dining area with small staircase concrete fireplace

With neighboring duplexes supplying rental income, two Knoxville architects patiently—and affordably—craft their dream home. Stuth and Shelton’s dining area, like their bedroom, and the rest of their house, is a work in progress. The couple keeps an eye out for deals on materials to complete their laundry list of unfinished projects. Recently, a local surplus building supply happened to have just enough extra maple to finish their floors. They jumped on it. “We’re just waiting for the right opportunities,” Shelton says. Photo by Hollis Bennett.

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Modern home with multilayered facade

Building on a shoestring is no mean feat in Singapore, especially when your home calls for a multilayered facade. Chang Architects, however, were more than up to the challenge. Photo by Albert Lim KS.

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Front door entrance with orange bench and concrete flooring

Affordable gestures abound in this transformation of a dilapidated former duplex in the Texas Hill Country.

Originally appeared in An Affordable Duplex Transformation in Texas
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Hallway view of master bedroom

A pair of crafty designers on a serious budget show that though their apartment may be short on square footage, it’s long on charm. Photo by Petra Bindel.

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Modern small box home in Mexico

By pooling their resources and giving their architect complete creative control, two busy Mexico City–based brothers built a high-design vacation home for just $70 per square foot. Architect Joaquin Castillo blends inexpensive materials, the odd splurge, and 
a refined modernist sensibility to create an affordable weekend house for brothers Alfredo and Guillermo Oropeza. The facade is a juxtaposition of rough-hewn local stone, smooth concrete, glass, and steel—the material palette used throughout the structure. Photo by Mauricio Alejo.

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Brooklyn entryway

A family enlists Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate a brownstone using surplus and salvaged materials for a budget-conscious patina. By moving the foot of the stairway away from the front door, Bischoff and his team carved out a transition point from the stoop and sidewalk below, providing a welcome measure of privacy. (Visitors must scale the steps and stand at the door before they can peer in.) Photo by Matthew Williams.

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