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8 cheap but beautiful houses

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Today we will bring you modern home designs which adhering to the less-is-more rule, using sustainable architecture and low-cost housing technology to construct your dream home on a small budget.

The pages on homify are packed with incredible examples of architecture and design that showcase the latest trends, from drawing board to construction, from interiors and furnishing to landscaped gardens. You'd be forgiven for thinking that the gems you see here are more often than not the playthings of the fabulously wealthy – there are indeed many luxurious mansions and villas on display. With sustainable architecture and design a serious concern in the contemporary world, however, you'd be surprised how many dream homes are well within your reach.

This collection presents eight eye-popping modern home designs that are simultaneously architectural marvels and examples of bespoke design on a budget. If you're planning to commission a new home or renovate the old with economy in mind, we're sure you'll find inspiration and reassurance that A-list architecture can be affordable here.

1. Indigenous design

Architectural firm Erb Santiago went ultra-simple to keep costs down and construction time to a minimum with this affordable home. The simple two-storied, cubic volume of this house uses low-cost timber framing and is built atop an economical concrete slab foundation that extends beyond the walls of the house to form pathways along the perimeter and a concrete curtain for the carport. The carport itself is made from raw wooden posts and cane, a vernacular Argentine design gesture that's as cheap as it is charming.

2. Technological infusion

Turning to high technology in architecture might seem counterintuitive if financial constraints impose concern, but it can, in fact, be a cost-saving strategy. This Korean home uses structural insulated panels, a cheap but high-performance construction material with an expanded polystyrene core that can endure extreme temperatures and heavy loads, creating thermally efficient and acoustically neutral buildings. These panels are available in large sizes and are renowned for staying straight under pressure and over time, meaning building time and joinery work is significantly reduced. All this means less money and time expended when building a modern house.

3. Pallet perfection

A centrepiece in this collection of cheap homes making the most of modern design ideas, is this eye-catching construction which is fabricated from repurposed packing pallets! Widely available, but more often than not destined for the scrap heap, pallets are sturdy and weatherproof given a simple treatment, offering a prefabricated material with inherent aesthetic appeal when knocked together. This example just goes to show that an adventurous DIY attitude can make creative design affordable.

4. Low-cost with a view

You can't get home design like this on the cheap, right? Not to mention the million-dollar view… Your assumptions are wrong when it comes to The Evans House, built to budget in the Argentine wine country surrounding the city of Mendoza. Constructed using reinforced concrete, steel and wood, this stunning modern home clocks in at 270 m2 and is deeply sensitive to its environment, resembling a wine barrel or hollow log.

5. Prefab options

This traditional looking house from Berlin-based Möhring Architekten is decidedly modern, but also appears rooted to the site. The truth is that it was built in just over two months from prefabricated elements. Prefabrication has been essential to contemporary architecture since the dawn of modernism, but it's taken a while for design snobs to accept prefabricated methodology as something more than transient and disposable. Coming into its own classical period, good-looking prefabricated home design is increasingly finding an audience among budget-conscious developers and prospective buyers.

6. Go modular

Another example of prefabricated or modular design, this example from Casas Cube is constructed from plug-and-play elements that are cheap and able to be easily tailored to the owner's vision. A wide variety of materials, from wood to steel and stone, are in evidence here. Just because a house is prefabricated it doesn't mean it has to be cookie-cutter. Here individuality and affordability are both in full effect.

7. Cost contained

The latest star in the long history of prefabricated or modular architecture is so-called cargotecture, taken to elegant extremes with the Pocket House and stated simply here in a lakeside home that speaks the language of van der Rohe's Farnsworth House or Philip Johnson's Glass House. This home is neither made from intermodal shipping panels nor is it designed by an internationally renowned architect. Yet, it is incredibly affordable, aesthetically beautiful, and uses cutting-edge technology to keep running costs low.

9. Mobile dreams

Find a tranquil spot, park up, and literally unfold this fantastically practical modern house. Combining the mobility of a caravan with the economy of modern modular design, this colourful and compact timber housing unit can be taken and set up anywhere. External panels swing down from the walls to form decking and steps up to double glass sliding doors, and needless to say the construction makes use of advanced technology for strength, stability, thermal efficiency and all-weather living.

These 8 homes certainly wowed us, and who could believe they are most affordable?! It seems like you really can have your cake and eat it too. 

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