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Bright, Personality-Filled Home Built on a Budget in Austin

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Shane Michael Pavonetti, an Austin-based architect and contractor, and his wife, Holly, built their eco-friendly home on a lean budget of $175,000. They opted for an industrial, untreated finish with an exposed steel frame, concrete floors, and bare decking upstairs. Coupled with finds from Ikea, Home Depot, and Cost Plus World Market for the interiors, they were able to keep costs down for their new, 1,600-square-foot home in East Austin. “The design vision was one of a vernacular influenced by modernism that highlights the process and details of construction,” Pavonetti says.

The exterior features vertical, untreated cedar panels.
The streamlined shape of the home kept slab, framing, and roofing costs down, Pavonetti explains.
Concerned about the chemicals involved in laminate flooring, the couple chose to leave the concrete slab, the...
To create a bit more texture in the kitchen and baths, the couple added classic checkered tiles from the local hardware...
"By providing a clean modern base of crisp white walls, the more rustic and industrial materials stand out and give...
In the kitchen, the couple found barely used appliances instead of new ones to save money.
The cedar siding used on the exterior reappears throughout the house.
The sink in the half bath was special-ordered from Home Depot and Pavonetti designed the base to give the basin a snug...
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