For anyone who obsessively scours the real estate section and dreams of purchasing or building a house, The Perfect $100,000 House is a beacon of hope. Founding editor in chief of Dwell magazine and noted architecture and design critic Karrie Jacobs decided to see for herself whether it was still possible in America’s overheated real estate market to build a home of one’s own for a reasonable sum. Her quest took her across the country, where she encountered creative solutions to the housing dilemma, as well as visionary architects and builders revolutionizing how Americans think about homes, construction, and community.
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Karri e Jacobs has served as architecture critic for New York magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, and she now writes a monthly column for Metropolis and is a regular contributor to Travel and Leisure.Review:
Beautifully written, poetic, and inspiring. -- John Thackara, director of Doors of Perception
Engaging and informative . . . its combination of road trip and ongoing philosophical tract reminded me of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. -- Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Jacobs’s story of her coast-to-coast search for the American Dream—a great, cheap house—is smart, fascinating, and fun. -- Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons
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