Modern Shoestring: Contemporary Architecture on a Budget
Residential design provides a rich testing ground for architectural innovation. Intimate scales and specific programs inspire distinctive homes, and comparatively small budgets are catalysts for exploring nontraditional materials. Modern Shoestring proves that building a contemporary house can be affordable and shows how constraints actually stimulate the most creative design solutions.
Eighteen residential projects are presented, with emphasis on the goals of the owners, the site, and the cost in the design process. Collections determine floor plans, observatories are built for starry rural nights, and found and industrial materials such as highway construction remnants, laboratory counters, plastic water bottles, and discarded chalkboards keep costs low while imbuing structures with character. These ingenious designs range in cost from $50 to $220 per square foot and represent geographical settings from Los Angeles to Anchorage to East Hampton.
Susanna Sirefman is an architect and educator. She is also the founder of Dovetail Design Strategists. Her award-winning design work has been featured in Abitare and Interior Design. She is the author of several books including Whereabouts: New Architecture with Local Identities and has contributed to Architecture, Architectural Record, and Metropolis, among other publications.