I know everyone likes to say Dwell isn't like it use to be, that it's lost it's initial freshness, but I have to say I still really enjoy the magazine as a whole. In the March issue they cover modern living on a budget, point and shoot digital camera reviews, solar power now, and an editor's note from [fairly] new editor-in-chief Sam Grawe about moving to Dwell's new diggs.
The cover article A lot for a Little covers an Austin couple in search of the $100,000 home. I get a little jaded at these 100k home stories. As any single person living in Southern California, I'm sure we've all dreamed of owning our own place. 100k I would be able to pull off, 400k as a single person I definitely can't swing and we all know buying a piece of property here will put you over the 100k mark to begin with... so forgive me if I can't be really happy for them.
The home's story was a good one though as well as the builder/architects vision of affordable modern housing and their use of city construction loans and city programs for low- to moderate incomes. I especially like the use of "skating doors" which the architect made "from one-and-a half-by-one-and-a-half welded steel angle frames and two-by-fours. She had holes drilled through the steel, then fastened the wood to the frame with drywall screws. Skateboard wheels roll the doors along the tracks" There are a handful of other articles that are worth noting "Four Houses and a Future" a follow up article about Beat Schenk and Chaewon Kim's building of two homes. Their rotating, wood exterior structure is stunning and worth the magazine's price just to see. As DIY'ers their courage to learn and build is inspiring. "Labor of Loved Ones" has great use of windows and another DIY story to drool over among others in the March issue. I have to admit, some months Dwell disappoints me but March's issue is chock full of gems. Could it be the new fearless leader or beginners luck? Time will tell.