Comfort and Delight on a Low Mortgage
How one family got the house they wanted for less than $100,000
A pair of first-time home buyers in their 40s sought out Washington architect Ross Chapin to design a just-big-enough house with a detached garage for bike storage and an exercise room for less than $100,000. Chapin didn’t shy away from the challenge; he met it in part by planning for straightforward construction methods, a slab-on-grade foundation, minimal corners, a truss roof, composite siding, vinyl windows, and minimal trim. In his article, Chapin includes some general guidelines for estimating project costs by using variable-square-foot prices and encourages readers to get their builders involved in cost evaluations as soon in the process as possible.