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The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home
     

The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home

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by Karrie Jacobs
 

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A home of one’s own has always been a cornerstone of the American dream, fulfilling like nothing else the desire for comfort, financial security, independence, and with a little luck, even a touch of distinctive character, or even beauty. But what we have come to regard as almost a national birthright has recently begun to elude more and more prospective

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A home of one’s own has always been a cornerstone of the American dream, fulfilling like nothing else the desire for comfort, financial security, independence, and with a little luck, even a touch of distinctive character, or even beauty. But what we have come to regard as almost a national birthright has recently begun to elude more and more prospective homebuyers. Where housing is concerned, affordable and well-crafted rarely exist together. Or do they?

For years, founding editor-in-chief of Dwell magazine and noted architecture and design critic Karrie Jacobs had been confronting this question both professionally and personally. Finally, she decided to see for herself whether it was possible to build the home of her own dreams for a reasonable sum. The Perfect $100,000 House is the story of that quest, a search that takes her from a two-week crash course in housebuilding in Vermont to a road trip of some 14,000 miles. In the course of her journey Jacobs encounters a group of intrepid and visionary architects and builders working to revolutionize the way Americans thinks about homes, about construction techniques, and about the very idea of community. By her trip’s end Jacobs, has not only had a practical and sobering education in the economics, aesthetics, and politics of homebuilding, but has been spurred to challenge her own deeply held beliefs about what constitutes an ideal home. The Perfect $100,000 House is a compelling and inspiring demonstration that we can live in homes that are sensible, modest, and beautiful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440684524
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/29/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Matt Groening
Jacobs's story of her coast-to-coast search for the American Dream—a great, cheap house—is smart, fascinating, and fun. (Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons)
John Thackara
Beautifully written, poetic, and inspiring. (John Thackara, director of Doors of Perception)

Meet the Author

Karri e Jacobs has served as architecture critic for New York magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, and she now writes a monthly column for Metropolis and is a regular contributor to Travel and Leisure.

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