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Hugh Jacobsen By The Book

A couple in Pennsylvania found a way to live in a house designed by Georgetown-based architect Hugh Jacobsen without spending more than six hundred dollars on the plans. In the 1990s Life magazine printed house plans by well-known architects—including Michael Graves and Robert A.M. Stern, in addition to Jacobsen—and a couple in Pittsburgh tracked down the blueprints for their dream house. The cost? Five hundred and fifty dollars. The construction costs were a little more than that (around seven hundred thousand), but with the help of a few consultations from Jacobsen and a local architect who customized the plans to their needs they were able to build a house that is the envy of the neighborhood. Click over for a full photo gallery. [WSJ; previously]