More stories about Cost-Effective Design

  • split-level

    Hands-down, the split-level owns the title of architects' least favorite house to remodel. “It's a difficult type to work with because it's so poorly constructed, and the room sizes are way too small,” says Lane Williams, AIA, a Seattle architect who says he tries to avoid split-levels. This house...

  • Withers Residence, Accokeek, Md.

    Judges chose as project of the year a modest structure covered in asphalt shingles and corrugated metal, built for a bargain $80 a square foot.

  • from house to housing

    In the universe of residential design, architects who craft one-off custom homes for individual clients like to think they're worlds apart from their counterparts who create plans for builders to mass-produce in America's burgeoning subdivisions. If ever two segments of the same profession were...

  • walking the walk

    David Baker, FAIA, doesn't own a car. It's not because he doesn't know how to drive one, and, as the head of an in-demand San Francisco firm, it's not because he can't afford to buy one. No, Baker got rid of all three of his cars a few years ago to make a point.