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Would You Live in This Bare-Bones Low-Budget French House?

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All photos by <a href="">Philippe Ruault</a> via <a href="">ArchDaily</a>
All photos by Philippe Ruault via ArchDaily

It was pretty impressive to see a warm, expensive-looking Texas house come together for just $175K, but it's also remarkable to take in the total nonchalance of this house in western France, completed for a tight $128K and proud of it. Tasked with completing a "big" home (it clocks in at 1,593 square feet) with a relatively low budget, the designers at Fouquet Architecture Urbanisme served up pure utilitarianism: the wood-framed home wears a layer of polycarbonate panels and include wide openings and sliding doors leading out to the garden.

Though the striking voids might look like some floors still need to be filled in, they're actually intentional: The empty spaces serve as a garage and interior terraces. It's hard to imagine that the greenhouse-like home will stay comfortable throughout the seasons, but the architects insist it will. The rooms are heated with a wood stove, and feature canvas shading and ventilation windows. So, are you sold?

· Maison D / Fouquet Architecture Urbanisme [ArchDaily]
· Thrifty Architect Built Himself a Warm Modern Home for $175K [Curbed]