House on a Budget: Making Smart Choices to Build the Home You Want

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Until now, homeowners have had to choose between the twin worlds of budget-friendly mediocrity and unaffordable fantasy. Responding to this gap, acclaimed architect Duo Dickinson demonstrates that a custom house doesn't depend on a fabulous price tag. House on a Budget, originally published in hardcover as The House You Build, is about a third way of building grounded in the realities of time and money, but focusing on your fondest hopes and dreams. He offers 19 real-world situations where unique and imaginative ...

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Overview

Until now, homeowners have had to choose between the twin worlds of budget-friendly mediocrity and unaffordable fantasy. Responding to this gap, acclaimed architect Duo Dickinson demonstrates that a custom house doesn't depend on a fabulous price tag. House on a Budget, originally published in hardcover as The House You Build, is about a third way of building grounded in the realities of time and money, but focusing on your fondest hopes and dreams. He offers 19 real-world situations where unique and imaginative homes were built on real-life budgets.
Duo's Rules for Getting What You Want (and Can Afford)
1.Use Standard Materials Creatively
2.Shrink to Fit
3.Don't Fight the Site
4.Take Your Time
5.Defer and Save: Building in Phases
6.Take Charge: Spending Time to Save Money

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"For anybody who wants to design and build a nice house — that is, who wants to hire other people to design and build a nice house for them — this is the single most useful guide I've ever seen."
— Kurt Andersen
"Dickinson's compassion for cost effective custom homes shines through his enlightened book...This is a must book for homeowners who seek more personality from their housing dollar."
—Dale Mulfinger, author of The Cabin, The Getaway Home and the forthcoming Cabinology
"In House on a Budget, Dickinson practically insists that design be affordable for everyone."
—John Connell, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, author of Creating The Inspired House
"Challenges the commonly held assumption that good house design and construction is always expensive."
—Jeremiah Eck, author of The Distinctive Home and The Face of Home
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561589234
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Series: American Institute Architects Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,382,151
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

A self-styled maverick within the profession, Duo Dickinson, AIA, is an architect in Madison, Connecticut. He is the author of five books on residential design, including The Small House (McGraw-Hill, 1986) and Small Houses for the Next Century (McGraw-Hill, 1995). His design philosophy has been summarized in The New York Times as: "Design it small, make it as beautiful as possible, and practice every trick in the book to keep it as cheap as possible."

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