“Affordable Architecture: Great Houses on a Budget”, a new book by Stephen Crafti, features our Cavehill Residence, located on the west slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle (just a few blocks from our architectural office).
We worked hard to keep the design and scope of this house within the owners’ budget, but what really made it affordable was an incredible amount of sweat-equity. In addition to their own efforts (every day after work, plus weekends), they utilized their friends’ secret skills (tile-setting, welding, raw labor) to the max. Many of the material choices were made based on the owners’ modest installation skills (most notably the clip-on cementitious rainscreen siding), or deals that could be found from local suppliers and salvage yards. And, of course, none of this would have been possible without a general contractor who was willing to put up with the crazy process.