The House You Build: Making Real-World Choices to Get the Home You Want

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Taunton Press, 2004 - House & Home - 202 pages
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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 customhouse doesn't depend on a fabulous price tag. The House You Build offers a third way of building that is grounded in the realities of time and money, but focuses on your fondest hopes and dreams. Here are 20 real-world situations where unique and imaginative homes were built on real-life budgets. When you build on a budget, there are no right answers, only careful choices. There are 20 dreams in this book, and these dreams came true. The House You Build is the first book of architect-designed homes that presents the real costs of their construction including design fees, the Six Rules on Getting What You Want (and can afford), a broad range of house styles from all over the country, and homes that accommodate a wide variety of lifestyles.

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The House You Build : Making Real-World Choices to Get the Home You Want

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An architect with numerous books and articles to his credit, Dickinson (Small Houses for the Next Century ) believes that one can have a custom house built for the price of a common "off the rack ... Read full review

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Dickenson wants to teach the reader how to get a high quality custom built home at an affordable price (affordable != cheap). Dickenson dicussed the principles behind 19 affordable custom homes. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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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