7 Affordable Home Transformations

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December 4, 2013
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  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.    This originally appeared in A Wallpaper Story.

    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.

    This originally appeared in A Wallpaper Story.
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  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.  Photo by Misty Keasler.   This originally appeared in A Lot for a Little.

    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.

    Photo by Misty Keasler.
    This originally appeared in A Lot for a Little.
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  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.  Photo by Hollis Bennett.   This originally appeared in Spirit of the South.

    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.

    Photo by Hollis Bennett.
    This originally appeared in Spirit of the South.
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  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.  Photo by Albert Lim KS.   This originally appeared in Building on a Shoestring in Singapore.

    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.

    Photo by Albert Lim KS.
    This originally appeared in Building on a Shoestring in Singapore.
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  Affordable gestures abound in this transformation of a dilapidated former duplex in the Texas Hill Country.    This originally appeared in An Affordable Duplex Transformation in Texas.

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

    This originally appeared in An Affordable Duplex Transformation in Texas.
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  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.  Photo by Petra Bindel.   This originally appeared in Fine Finnish.

    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.

    Photo by Petra Bindel.
    This originally appeared in Fine Finnish.
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  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.  Photo by Mauricio Alejo.   This originally appeared in An Affordable High-Design Vacation 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.

    Photo by Mauricio Alejo.
    This originally appeared in An Affordable High-Design Vacation Home in Mexico.
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