Expert Advice: Save on Building Costs

Cost-saving ideas for a traditional bedroom’s wallcovering.

Charles Mueller of Centerbrook Architects and Planners used some tricks in the master bedroom of this Connecticut house to cut down on building costs.

The walls of the master bedroom are inexpensive—and dimensionally stable—birch plywood ripped into 8″-wide boards. They were spaced with a dime to express the joints.

Exterior wood clapboards were used on the ceiling, and are reminiscent of the hull of a boat, with the keel, or fin board, camouflaging air diffusers.

The owners can watch the sunrise from an intimate deck, just large enough for a couple of chairs.


Tags: architect budget Expert Advice New Old House NOH Fall/Winter 2009

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