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.
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.
Image: 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.
Image: 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?