Come and explore forty-eight original houses, recently produced by American and Canadian architects for their clients. Pour over the wide variety of innovative house designs represented in over 235 images and plans. While many of these homes are one-of-a-kind works of art, all of the houses presented were produced with an eye for economy. How each budget-minded architect kept the cost low, using a combination of economical construction techniques and clever technological innovations, is discussed and illustrated. Ranging from starter homes to retirement houses, from vacation retreats to townhouses, from large houses accommodating offices and studios to small residences designed for simple living, these original and economical designs represent a wide variety of architectural outlooks and styles sure to fire the imagination.