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: 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.
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
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
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 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.
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
A young couple converts a 31-foot, 1989 Chevy B6P bus that was formerly a prison transport vehicle into a charming tiny home.
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
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...