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Champagne House on a Beer Budget

Comfortable quarters for a family of five on a postage-stamp lot in Houston, but for only $70 per square foot

This 2,500 square-foot house fits in wonderfully in its upscale neighborhood, but cost considerably less to build. The class and style of this house make it hard to believe that it was built on a penny-pinching budget, but the homeowner reveals his cost-cutting secrets complete with stunning pictures which prove that his money was well spent. Inside, the two sections of this house are joined by a stairwell housing an open-riser steel staircase sandwiched between ground-to-roof commercial glass on the exterior sides -- a huge savings versus conventional windows. A stained concrete floor, and exposed beams and trusses on the ground level cut costs significantly, as did the wood-edged slate countertops and granite tiles used in the kitchen and bathroom. Finally, fiber-cement siding, and a host of money-saving interior details help the house slide in at just under $70 per square foot.

Champagne House on a Beer Budget

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