written by:
December 28, 2014
To celebrate 2014, we're rounding up the homes that were most popular on Dwell.com this year. Here, we've gathered the five most popular houses that were built affordably, from a family home in Pittsburgh to a prefab shelter in Vietnam.
Affordable Portland home upper floor wrapped in black corrugated steel

Simple and Affordable Portland Home

By using the foundation and some of the walls of an existing house, architect Ben Waechter was able to save costs on this home for industrial designer Nick Oakley. A new second story adds 800 square feet of living space. Inexpensive black corrugated steel wraps around the exterior.

Courtesy of 
Lara Swimmer
Originally appeared in An Industrial Designer's House Blends Economy and Simplicity
1 / 5
lola pittsburgh affordable salvaged steel staircase facade

Cost-Effective Family Home in Pittsburgh

Andrew Moss and Michelle Yanefski built their 2,300-square-foot house in Pittsburgh for a little over $310,000. By using salvaged materials and doing much of the work themselves, they were able to keep costs down. Radiant-heat flooring was one of the few splurges.

 

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Cost-Effective Family Home in Pittsburgh
2 / 5
Affordable Kansas City home steel facade with cypress cladding

Highly Flexible House Designed for a Musician on a Budget

This 1,250-square-foot home in Kansas City came in at around $235,000. Built by Kem Studio for musician Sarah Magill, the house is comprised of multi-functional spaces that can be easily converted into entertaining areas. Magill saved money on appliances and selected affordable Ikea cabinets.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in A Versatile House Fulfills All This Musician's Needs
3 / 5
Footbridge in Atlanta

An Affordable Modern Home in Atlanta

This simple house with a distinctive facade of red-painted, fiber-reinforced concrete panels, was built at only $150 per square foot. A simple materials palette and structural form helped keep costs low.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in An Affordable Modern Home in Atlanta
4 / 5
The S House Prefab Prototype in Vietnam

Affordable Prefab Prototype in Vietnam

Costing just under $4,000 to build, the S House prototype by Vo Trong Nghia Architects aims to provide affordable, durable shelter for Vietnam's Mekong Delta region, where homes often need to be rebuilt every few years. The design features a precast concrete frame that is finished with Nipa palm and cement board panels on site.

Courtesy of 
Hiroyuki Oki
Originally appeared in Affordable Prefab Prototype in Vietnam
5 / 5
Affordable Portland home upper floor wrapped in black corrugated steel

Simple and Affordable Portland Home

By using the foundation and some of the walls of an existing house, architect Ben Waechter was able to save costs on this home for industrial designer Nick Oakley. A new second story adds 800 square feet of living space. Inexpensive black corrugated steel wraps around the exterior.

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

45 dva 2270 persp1 cmyk 0
The prospect of retirement doesn’t just signal the end of a career; it offers the chance to recalibrate and re-prioritize in life.
July 25, 2016
18
You don’t have to choose between sustainable energy and curb appeal.
July 19, 2016
jakemagnus queensland 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
July 06, 2016
content delzresidence 013 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 29, 2016
abc malacari marwick stair 01 0
A simple set of stairs is a remodel’s backbone.
June 28, 2016
Design Award of Excellence winner Mellon Square.
Docomomo US announces the winners of this year's Modernism in America Awards. Each project showcases exemplary modern restoration techniques, practices, and ideas.
June 27, 2016
monogram dwell sf 039 1
After last year’s collaboration, we were excited to team up with Monogram again for the 2016 Monogram Modern Home Tour.
June 27, 2016
switch over chicago smart renovation penthouse deck smar green ball lamps quinze milan lounge furniture garapa hardwood
A strategic rewire enhances a spec house’s gut renovation.
June 26, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent coralie gourguechon treviso italy cphotos by coralie gourguechon co produced by isdat planche anatomique de haut parleur1
Coralie Gourguechon's paper objects will make you see technology in a whole new way.
June 26, 2016
green machine smart home aspen colorado facade yard bocci deck patio savant
Smart technology helps a house in Aspen, Colorado, stay on its sustainable course.
June 25, 2016
Compact Aglol 11 television plastic brionvega.
The aesthetic appeal of personal electronics has long fueled consumer interest. A new industrial design book celebrates devices that broke the mold.
June 25, 2016
modern backyard deck ipe wood
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
June 24, 2016
dscf5485 1
Today, we kicked off this year’s annual Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, which will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Though we’ve been hosting this extensive event for years, this time around is particularly special.
June 24, 2016
under the radar renovation napa
Two designers restore a low-slung midcentury gem in Napa, California, by an unsung Bay Area modernist.
June 24, 2016
Exterior of Huneeus/Sugar Bowl Home.
San Francisco–based designer Maca Huneeus created her family’s weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe with a relaxed, sophisticated sensibility.
June 24, 2016
light and shadow bathroom walnut storage units corian counter vola faucet
A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom.
June 24, 2016
Affordable home in Kansas City living room
In Kansas City, an architecture studio designs an adaptable house for a musician on a budget.
June 23, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment oak vertical slats office
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.
June 23, 2016
kitchen confidential tiles custom cabinetry oak veneer timber house
A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home.
June 23, 2016
feldman architecture 0
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 22, 2016
Blackened timber Dutch home
A modern dwelling replaces a fallen farmhouse.
June 22, 2016
hillcrest house interior kitchen 3
Seeking an escape from bustling city life, a Manhattan couple embarks on a renovation in the verdant Hudson Valley.
June 22, 2016
angular
Atelier Moderno renovated an old industrial building to create a luminous, modern home.
June 21, 2016
San Francisco floating home exterior
Anchored in a small San Francisco canal, this floating home takes its cues from a classic city habitat.
June 21, 2016
modern renovation addition solar powered scotland facade steel balcony
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there.
June 21, 2016
up in the air small space new zealand facade corrugated metal cladding
An architect with a taste for unconventional living spaces creates a small house at lofty heights with a starring view.
June 21, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent marjan van aubel london cwai ming ng current window
Marjan Van Aubel makes technology a little more natural.
June 21, 2016
urban pastoral brooklyn family home facade steel cypress double
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving neighborhood of Brooklyn.
June 20, 2016
Modern Brooklyn backyard studio with plexiglass skylight, green roof, and cedar cladding facade
In a Brooklyn backyard, an off-duty architect builds a structure that tests his attention to the little things.
June 20, 2016
the outer limits paris prefab home living area vertigo lamp constance guisset gijs bakker strip tablemetal panels
In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.
June 20, 2016