Budget Breakdown

From kitchen renovations and tiny house builds to sweeping home renovations, this series illustrates how good design can be had for virtually any budget.

Budget Breakdown: A Couple Turn a Humdrum Home Into a Hygge Haven for $243K
Budget Breakdown: A Couple Turn a Humdrum Home Into a Hygge Haven for $243K
Alli Devlin, her husband, and her architect cousin spruce up a riverside home outside Seattle.
By Melissa Dalton - 20 days ago
Budget Breakdown: A Gable Cottage Clad in Cork Pops Up in New York for $381K
Ninety minutes outside New York City, a young couple’s first house riffs on agricultural vernacular with a green twist.
Budget Breakdown: A 1988 Jayco Motor Home Gets a Gleaming Retrofit for $5,700
A creative couple combine their talents to give a camper a retro-inspired revamp.
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Constructs a Plywood Hideaway for Her Family for $538K
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Constructs a Plywood Hideaway for Her Family for $538K
This woodsy retreat’s island site in British Columbia meant working with mostly local builders and materials.
- 3 months ago
Budget Breakdown: A Former Berkeley Commune Is Surgically Renovated for $944K
A close-knit team seismically retrofits and reimagines a 1905 residence that had suffered through years of shoddy work.
Budget Breakdown: This Revamped New Orleans Home Is Part Urban Loft and Part Cathedral
A classic Big Easy house with a fanciful facade gets a $427K renovation that balances authenticity and imagination.
Budget Breakdown: A DIY Couple Turn an Aging Barn House Into a Dreamy Catskills Getaway for $55.6K
Undeterred by the pandemic—and with their one-year-old daughter in tow—Danielle and Ely Franko spend seven months overhauling a former hay barn.
Budget Breakdown: This Sunny 1939 Santa Monica Bungalow Shines After a $765K Remodel
Addison Schierbeek Architects modeled the new layout around the homeowner’s favorite element of the property, a Chinese flame tree.
Budget Breakdown: A Couple Spend Six Weeks and $16.7K Fashioning an Airy Kitchen
Designer Brit Arnesen and her husband, Derek, imbue the space with feminine, Art Deco–inspired touches.
Budget Breakdown: A Growing Family Upgrades From a Sprinter Van to a Skoolie Built for $26K
After getting a taste of #vanlife, Gianna and Jake Bachowski spend the pandemic converting a school bus—finishing just in time for the arrival of their baby daughter.
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Couple Build a Net-Zero Home and Studio for $250 Per Square Foot
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Couple Build a Net-Zero Home and Studio for $250 Per Square Foot
eMZed Architecture construct a sustainable, durable, high-performance residence and office in Portland, Oregon, for $950,000—an impressive feat given the challenges.
- 4 months ago
Budget Breakdown: Two Couples Turn a Dated Cabin Into a Dreamy Mountain Retreat for $39K
A family bands together to overhaul Alpenglow Cabin, a cozy hideaway in the peaks of Colorado.
Budget Breakdown: A Massive, 70-Year-Old Douglas Fir Anchors a British Columbia Home Built for $202K
Using construction techniques passed down from his father—and plenty of nearby lumber—Marlin Hanson builds his own family home on the Sunshine Coast.
Budget Breakdown: This Modular Cabin in Chile Cost Just $51 Per Square Foot
Modular design defines a lakeside holiday home that was built for less than $160K.
Budget Breakdown: A Neglected Garage Becomes a Library Loft for $69K
Storyn Studio converts a 400-square-foot garage in St. Petersburg, Florida, into a library and guest room.
Budget Breakdown: A Mother-Daughter Duo Give an Airstream a Vivacious Remodel for $64K
Having never renovated an Airstream before, Tristan and Lynne Knowlton took to the challenge with plenty of gusto (and elbow grease).
Budget Breakdown: A Murky 1920s Home in California Is Leveled Up for $232K
Unable to expand due to local planning restrictions, a couple ask Shands Studio to make their Fairfax residence feel sunny and streamlined.
Budget Breakdown: A Color-Changing House in Dallas Is Built for $584K
LED strips embedded in a polycarbonate wall allow one couple to change the mood of their new home.
Budget Breakdown: One Couple Give a 1969 Airstream Globetrotter a Dreamy Makeover For $19K
The husband-and-wife duo behind Colorado Caravan transform a 1969 Airstream Globetrotter for $19,180.
Budget Breakdown: A Portland Couple Design and Build a Compact Home For $222K
An architect and construction engineer couple build a sustainable, 624-square-foot abode for $221,580—here's how the numbers add up.
Budget Breakdown: A Tired RV Is Refreshed and Relisted For $21K
A DIY couple in Phoenix give a 2004 Jayco camper a contemporary upgrade and put it back on the market.
Budget Breakdown: A Weekend DIY Turns a Neglected Garage Into a Backyard Hangout for $13K
In Portland, Oregon, an experiential designer transforms half of his decrepit garage into a screened porch over just three days, creating a laid-back, outdoor room.
Budget Breakdown: A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Turns Into a Chic Tiny Home For $27K
Jack Richens, the expert van renovator behind This Moving House, pulls out all the stops for this incredible conversion.
Budget Breakdown: A Bay Area Warehouse Becomes a Live/Work Space for $124K
A Bay Area producer and community organizer converts a run-down warehouse in Oakland into her dream house for $124,093.
Budget Breakdown: A 1950s Duplex Receives a Striking Makeover For $190K
Put off by Montreal’s rising rents, a young couple turn to first-time homeownership and dive into a design-led renovation.
Budget Breakdown: Weekend DIYers Renovate a Dated Catskills Retreat For $201K
New York City–based couple Danielle and Ely Franko share the renovation budget for the Hunter Greenhouse, a 1971 Catskills home that they purchased in 2016 and now rent out as a...
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Builds a New Chicken Coop For Less Than $1.5K
Designed for his son’s school in Tucson, Arizona, architect Gideon Danilowitz builds a low-cost chicken coop suitable for the desert climate.
Budget Breakdown: A Tired ‘80s Home in Japan Gets a Bright Remodel For $164K
Additional windows and open shelving help Suita House in Osaka feel airy and modern.
Budget Breakdown: A Stunning Apartment Revamp Mixes High and Low For Under $100K
Efrat Weinreb combines high-end pieces with low-cost scores to transform a tired apartment in Tel Aviv with a budget of $100,000.
Budget Breakdown: A San Diego Couple Make Over Their Craftsman Bedroom For $29K
Ashley and Ross Goldman document their $29,400 master bedroom renovation on their DIY blog The Gold Hive.