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 San Diego Couple Make Over Their Craftsman Bedroom For $29K
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.
- 2 years ago
Budget Breakdown: A Creative Couple Rehab a Vermont Cabin For $18K
Enterprising couple Jenny McClary and Allie Leepson give their snug Vermont cabin a DIY makeover, which is now available to rent.
Budget Breakdown: A Cramped Eichler Kitchen Gets a $49K Refresh
In San Jose, California, interior designer Cathie Hong opens up a dim, confined kitchen to better serve a young family.
Budget Breakdown: A Prison Bus Becomes a Couple’s First Home For $26K
Budget Breakdown: A Prison Bus Becomes a Couple’s First Home For $26K
A young couple converts a 31-foot, 1989 Chevy B6P bus that was formerly a prison transport vehicle into a charming tiny home.
- 2 years ago
Budget Breakdown: A Humdrum Bathroom Gets a Retro-Chic Facelift For $17K
A client’s childhood love of terrazzo and minimalist living inspires a contemporary transformation of a dated master bath.
Budget Breakdown: A SoCal Couple Revamp Their Fixer-Upper For $63K
Not afraid to get their hands dirty, a creative couple on a budget transformed their Mission Viejo bungalow into a chic abode for their growing family.
Budget Breakdown: These Transitional Homes For At-Risk Clients Cost Less Than $200K
Florida firm Process Architecture’s series of modern, affordable, low-maintenance homes help HIV/AIDS clients and LGBT homeless youth get back on their feet.
Budget Breakdown: A Denver Kitchen Gets a Beautiful IKEA Makeover For Just $7.8K
A poorly designed kitchen in a 1940s Denver home receives an affordable renovation with IKEA products and DIY touches.
Budget Breakdown: A Cozy Studio Tops an L.A. Garage For $220K
Spurred by a recent state law aimed at easing California’s housing shortage, a Los Angeles family turns to architect Martin Fenlon to add an ADU to their backyard.
Budget Breakdown: A Design Duo Give Their San Francisco Loft a Modern Makeover for $70K
The homeowners tackled much of the work themselves to refashion a dated home into the ultimate, 700-square-foot city loft.
Budget Breakdown: A 1972 Airstream Sovereign Is Transformed Into a Family Home For $23K
Budget Breakdown: A 1972 Airstream Sovereign Is Transformed Into a Family Home For $23K
Arkansas couple Colleen and Zach Cashio spent two years overhauling a 1972 Airstream Sovereign—where they now live with their sons, Ezra and Harvey, and their Australian Shepherd...
- 2 years ago
Budget Breakdown: A Midcentury Glass House Is Revitalized for $299K
Rescued from demolition, a cantilevered home in Michigan is restored as a refined retreat with a magnificent indoor/outdoor connection.
Budget Breakdown: A Creative Couple in Minneapolis Build a Multipurpose Backyard Studio For $18K
The 195-square-foot, shingled studio includes a library, reading nook, and workstation—and it’s DIY inside and out.
Budget Breakdown: Built for Under $10K, a Cabinet Room Expands a San Francisco Loft
Rather than relocate, architect Rebal Knayzeh devises a flexible, mobile bedroom that doubles as storage for the family.
Budget Breakdown: A Garage Becomes a Renaissance-Inspired Studio for $102K
A Toronto garage is transformed into an airy four-room studio for just under $102,000.
Budget Breakdown: A Maui Couple Build an Off-Grid Tiny Home For $45K
Custom-built from the ground up, a 360-square-foot tiny house on wheels is an affordable, off-grid paradise for a family of three in Hawaii.
Budget Breakdown: A Brooklyn Brownstone Gets a Vibrant Renovation For $910K
When a Brooklyn-based couple sought to renovate a brownstone in Crown Heights, they knew exactly which architect they wanted for the job.
Budget Breakdown: A Dreary ’70s Abode in Southern California Gets a Gut Renovation For $196K
In the home’s new kitchen and principal bathroom, interior designer Corine Maggio of CM Natural Designs creates bold moments via a high-contrast palette warmed with wood.
Budget Breakdown: A Raleigh Colonial Is Reinvented For $260K
A suburban colonial home in Raleigh, North Carolina, is filled with light and garden views after a renovation and addition by the architect homeowner.
Budget Breakdown: A 1920s Guest House Bathroom Gets a Bold Revamp For $34,800
In a 1925 home designed by modernist architect Rudolph Schindler, a tiny bathroom gets a big and bold renovation.
Budget Breakdown: This Hip Multifamily Pad in Austin Cost Under $515K
Nestled in East Austin, Texas, this modern home accomplishes the unique task of bringing three units under one roof.
Budget Breakdown: A Trio of Friends Build a Backyard ADU in Los Angeles for $252K
The 1,000-square-foot dwelling mixes raw and refined materials in a cost-effective strategy.
32 Architects Reveal Budget Breakdowns for Projects Ranging From $1.5K to $910K
Have you ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at what a renovation or new build actually costs?
Budget Breakdown: A Toronto Home Makes the Most of an Infill Lot For $446K
In Toronto, Atelier RZLBD replaces a nondescript home on an infill lot with a breezy, adaptable dwelling.
Budget Breakdown: A Seattle Couple Expand Into a Backyard Addition For $413K
When a furniture restoration business threatens to take over their historic Craftsman, this couple opt for a net-carbon, backyard unit.
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Builds a 14-Foot-Wide House in Atlanta For $332K
The skinny house, which resides on an “unbuildable” lot, stretches three stories high in the gabled rear.
Budget Breakdown: A Young Couple Turn a Termite-Infested Shack Into a Luxury Home for $46K
Eager to test their design chops, an American couple go to Costa Rica to tackle their first design-build challenge—for under $200 per square foot.
Budget Breakdown: Toronto Architects Make a Historic Brick Home Whole Again For $572K
Previously divided into three apartments, the reconfigured and expanded Dunn House is now a streamlined home for a growing family.
Budget Breakdown: A Designer Couple Revamp a Tiny Seattle Condo For $13K
Clay Anderson of Olson Kundig and Alex Almerico of NBBJ give their 505-square-foot home in Capitol Hill a serious upgrade on a strict budget.
Budget Breakdown: A Laser-Cut Steel Addition Sharpens Up a Michigan Home For $85K
A light-filled extension delivers greater functionality and indoor/outdoor living to a historic 1914 residence in Ann Arbor.