Modern for Less

February 2013,
Vol. 13
Issue 03
Dwell magazine February 2013 cover
10 Houses, Countless Ideas for Affordable Style
Downtown Beds hostel lounge area

A Stylish Budget Hostel in Mexico City

Grupo Habita is known for its high-design Mexican hotels, but the firm's new hostel Downtown Beds, near Mexico City's main plaza, offers a radical sense of style for the budget traveler.

Modern home with multilayered facade

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.

Porch renovation with galvanized metal cladding

An Affordable Duplex Transformation in Texas

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

Modern 18th-century farmhouse in Sweden

Modern Meets Traditional in a Swedish Summer House

On an 18th-century farmstead in rural Sweden, two Copenhagen designers handcraft a summerhouse that seamlessly melds the modern and the traditional.

Modern small box home in Mexico

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.

Modern row houses in Houston, Texas

Row on 25th: Affordable Housing Development in Houston

By taking advantage of economies of scale, a Houston native and a pair of mod-minded developers team up to create nine affordable row houses in the Houston Heights.

Modern vacation cabin home in Wisconsin

A Stacked Cabin for a Steep Slope

A steeply sloped site in the Wisconsin forest, plus an equally steep budget, led architect Brian Johnsen to reinvent the archetypal cabin for a sturdy vacation home.

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Kitchen Solutions: Smart Storage Design

For a Toronto couple with a love of minimalist Japanese architecture, a sleek, storage-packed kitchen was the first priority in their home's renovation.

Glass and concrete facade in Switzerland

A Concrete Double Villa in Switzerland

A glass-and-concrete mountainside lair is fit for a Bond villain with a penchant for stunning Alpine views.

Modern kitchen dining area with wooden furniture

A Budget Friendly Brownstone Renovation in Brooklyn

A family enlists Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate a brownstone using surplus and salvaged materials for a budget-conscious patina.

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A Traditional Shingle-Clad Home in Connecticut

A creative twist on the traditional shingle clads a Connecticut home.