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Architects Get Crafty With Budgets to Build Cost-Effective Modern Homes

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By getting creative with financing, searching for contractors who were willing to experiment, and shopping wisely, these architects and homeowners accomplished building elegant houses affordably.

Fine Finnish In the kitchen of this tightly-packed apartment in Helsinki, Finland, Susanna and Jussi tore down the...
The house that Kem Studio designed for Sarah Magill on a narrow lot in Kansas City has a steel facade with reclaimed...
Sarah Magill and Copa, her golden retriever, relax in the kitchen of her home in Kansas City, where an...
A tight construction budget informed the choices Sean Guess made as he designed a house for a couple in Austin, Texas.
Guess used inexpensive graded pine plywood so that he would get heavy grain patterns on the surfaces.
Set in the lush Wisconsin forest, this neatly stacked cabin was built vertically in order to minimize the amount of...
A Rais Pina wood-burning stove keeps things cozy on the West Elm Henry sofa and Eames lounge chairs.
Architects Tiffany Bowie and Joe Malboeuf’s Capitol Hill, Seattle, infill project was completed for $189 per square...
Malboeuf stands at a Fisher & Paykel refrigerator in the kitchen.
Just Glaze Double-glazed windows are typically composed of two layers of glass with a layer of air in between.
Here's another instance of a bit of bright color (on the countertops) giving an appealing accent to what is an...
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