Small Budgets, Big Results: How to Renovate Without Breaking the Bank

Image: Redneck Modern

I am always impressed when I fall for a house and find out that it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Smart DIY-ers—like the couple behind the house above—and architects who aren’t afraid to be challenged with a budget are creating stunning achievements. Let’s look at some examples of new and renovated homes that I think you’ll find inspirational.

Bathwater Gone; Baby Saved

A wreck that many would simply purchase and tear down, the home featured on RedneckModern.com is a terrific example of what truly talented (and patient!) do-it-yourselfers can accomplish. The exterior photo shown here only begins to hint at the delightful work done inside.

Small Budgets, Big Results- How to Renovate Without Breaking the Bank on the Interior CollectiveImage: Wood&Faulk

Wood Works

This hand-built kitchen renovation is the work of Matt Pierce, a self-described “builder, designer and tinkerer,” who clearly has a way with wood. The warmth and richness of the space makes me want to relax and hang out there.

Small Budgets, Big Results- How to Renovate Without Breaking the Bank on the Interior CollectiveImage: Gregory Miller for Dwell

Artistic in Atlanta

This modern marvel is a two-story home located on a steep lot—thus the bottom floor is mostly hidden from the street level view—for a remarkable $150 per square foot. The architect partnered with the homeowner and used quality affordable materials, as well as a lot of legwork donated by the homeowner to create a terrific and inspirational new home.

Small Budgets, Big Results- How to Renovate Without Breaking the Bank on the Interior CollectiveImage: Mauricio Alejo for Dwell

Modern in Mexico

Another new build project is this vacation home in Mexico built for only $70 per square foot—you read that right: $70. In this case, the owners gave the architect free reign within the tight budget and the outcome was what the architect refers to as the freedom to “act as if I were building something for myself.” The result is remarkable.

Are you inspired to tackle a new build or remodel on a smaller budget?

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  1. Beautiful! Do you know anyone who can achieve this in Toronto?

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Dave Hime
Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.