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: Four Minnesota Housemates Turn Their Dingy Garage Into a Workspace for $26K
Budget Breakdown: Four Minnesota Housemates Turn Their Dingy Garage Into a Workspace for $26K
The friends scoured Facebook Marketplace and local salvage centers—locating such treasures as decades-old Douglas fir flooring from a decommissioned munitions plant—to remake the...
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Budget Breakdown: An Architect Tinkers With Passive House Design on Long Island for $705K
Wayne Turett of The Turett Collaborative designs his own energy-efficient holiday home in Greenport, New York, as an exercise in experimentation.
Budget Breakdown: An Architecture Student Turns an Old School Bus Into His Home for $7K
Caleb Brackney transforms a 1995 Thomas International bus into his full-time residence in Knoxville, Tennessee, using recycled and found items to repurpose as furnishings.
Budget Breakdown: A $614K Renovation Carves Up an L.A. Bungalow Like a Slice of Swiss Cheese
Budget Breakdown: A $614K Renovation Carves Up an L.A. Bungalow Like a Slice of Swiss Cheese
Shin Shin Architecture brings playful porosity and a fresh ADU to a 1923 single-family home.
Budget Breakdown: Partway Through a Renovation, the Potential of This Atlanta Home Becomes Clear
Local designer and artist Briana Babani creates a luminous dream home from a once neglected and dreary interior.
Budget Breakdown: A New Zealand Architect Builds a Passive House for His Family for $490K
Drawing on a simple material palette of plywood and corrugated metal, architect Rafe Maclean designs a certified Passive House on a steep, challenging lot in Dunedin.
Budget Breakdown: This $851K Riverside Home Is a Case Study in Smart, Sustainable Living
Combining creative nous with careful planning, architect Mark Lawton creates a net-zero home inspired by the typology of a fisherman’s shack.
Budget Breakdown: A DIY Builder Creates an Off-Grid Cabin in Canada for $22K
Perched on a cliff above the North Saskatchewan River, this 240-square-foot family retreat soaks up jaw-dropping views.
Budget Breakdown: A Seattle Architect Crafts a Hardworking Shed for Just Over $2,200
A humble composition of two-by-fours, plywood, and polycarbonate, the Uphill Utilitarian is a flexible storage space and studio.
Budget Breakdown: An Oregon Retreat Revamped for $135K Channels Nautical Wes Anderson Vibes
In the tiny community of Cape Meares, a DIY couple turn an unassuming shingled house into a maritime-inspired getaway.
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Couple Find Work/Life Balance With a Backyard Office Built for $144K
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Couple Find Work/Life Balance With a Backyard Office Built for $144K
The founders of Austin-based Hunt Architecture create an elegant workspace and guest room without breaking the bank.
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Turns Her Parents’ Garage Into a Tiny Home for $2,695
Moving home to Torrance, California, to take care of her dad, Monica Chang makes clever use of 170 square feet.
Budget Breakdown: A Miami Designer Builds a 400-Square-Foot Backyard House for $140.5K
Emma Pereira drew inspiration from Japanese micro homes to build Atelier Lumi, a tiny studio and guesthouse.
Budget Breakdown: A Seattle Architect Gives Her Galley Kitchen a Mod Update for $28K
Aimée O’Carroll of goCstudio uses color blocking to fantastic effect in her 60-square-foot kitchen.
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Revives a 1963 Cabin in the Californian Sierras for $50K
San Francisco–based couple Tom McElroy and Scott Turco breathe new life into a dated retreat in the forests of Arnold.
Budget Breakdown: A Portland Home Packs an Off-Grid Punch for $820K
On challenging terrain overlooking a wetland, Minarik Architecture creates a resilient, dual-volume residence.
Budget Breakdown: A Historian Couple Revamp Their Storybook Victorian for $174K
A modern addition to an old London home offers ample space for a growing family, as well as a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf situated under a skylight.
Budget Breakdown: An Interior Designer Livens Up Her Dated Kitchen for $57K
Leonora Mahle gives her midcentury kitchen a fresh new look with a pool-inspired color palette.
Budget Breakdown: A Shipping Container Is Transformed Into an Off-Grid Tiny Home for $23K
The eco-friendly escape is powered by solar panels and a wind turbine—and it even includes a full bath.
Budget Breakdown: A $134K Laneway House in Toronto Puts a Couple’s DIY Skills to the Test
Shaving down time and cost, two scrappy Canadians gave themselves a crash course in construction.
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.
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
This woodsy retreat’s island site in British Columbia meant working with mostly local builders and materials.
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.