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Small Homes 159 Ideabooks

Home size is a tricky thing. What seems small to one person can feel like a palace to another. But after looking at these homes — which range in size from 68 square feet (seriously) to 980 square feet — it’s easy to see that what goes into making the most of what anyone considers tight, compact or tiny is pretty much...
8 Benefits of Cottage Living
In 1950 the average American home measured just 983 square feet. By 2004 that average had grown to 2,340 square feet. But is bigger really better? There seems to be a growing interest in smaller homes (fueled, in part, by the success of Sarah...
Houzz Tour: A Family of 4 Unwinds in 540 Square Feet
Interior designer Jessica Helgerson and her family had every intention of spending only a few nights in their new summer home. But the weekend turned into a few...
Houzz Tour: A Beach Cottage Gets Its Vibe Back
“You’ve got to get the details spot-on in a small home,” says interior designer Clark Collins. In his case “small” means 900 square feet in a charming...
Houzz Tour: Thrifty TLC Transforms a Beach Bungalow
Cayley Lambur has spent some time in the homes of strangers. She grew up as the child of architects, and visiting open houses was kind of a family hobby. Seen more as sightseeing opportunities than real estate prospects, these excursions didn’t...
My Houzz: Open-Air Living in the Mountains of Bali
A former London city slicker, Simon Evans made the move from an urban apartment to this Indonesian tropical home among the trees. He worked with local company Bali GreenWorld to design and build his...
My Houzz: Hip Midcentury Style for a Mom's Backyard Cottage
It was a running joke that once design blogger Dana McGill-Perez became old and eccentric, she would move into the backyard shed of her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Joe Eggleston. The joke took a turn...
My Houzz: Patterns Mingle Spiritedly in a Toronto Condo
Tim Lam likes a good design challenge. As an interior designer, he's made them his career. His first home, a 30-year-old condo overlooking Lake Ontario in Toronto, presented quite a few hurdles too. For...
Houzz Tour: A Victorian Cottage in Sydney Opens Up
Despite its sunlit garden and Sydney location, this Victorian cottage felt dark and dreary. As with many homes built during the 19th century, the rear was cluttered with small rooms and low ceilings, and it had a bathroom that blocked views into...
Houzz Tour: Sustainable, Comfy Living in 196 Square Feet
Chris and Malissa Tack didn't think they were living in excess. Content in their 800-square-foot apartment, they had everything they wanted. But a spontaneous crash course in small living changed their minds....
Houzz Tour: Playing Checkers in a Converted London Bakery
“When we first saw this flat, it was pretty dark and in bad condition, but we felt it had so much potential,” says architect Pereen d’Avoine of Russian For Fish. It...
My Houzz: Creative Flair Brightens a San Francisco Apartment
When Ana and Patrick Kamin moved to San Francisco from Hamburg, Germany, two years ago, they wasted no time personalizing their sunny top-floor apartment in a six-unit converted Victorian. They started with paint and furniture...
My Houzz: Serene Simplicity in Brooklyn
Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka, cofounders of the Brooklyn Slate Company, have a knack for seeing design potential. Their 800-square-foot apartment in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn had multicolored walls...
My Houzz: New Life and Style for a 1976 Airstream
Jordan Menzel went out for a bike ride around downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, one afternoon and saw an Airstream trailer parked on the side of the road. “A few days later, I was combing Craigslist and saw it was for sale,” he says. “While I hadn’t...
Houzz Tour: A Wee Home Grows in a Scottish Garden
Following the success of a project making sustainable garden furniture using a young, local workforce, home builder Jennifer Hope was keen to expand the concept. “I wanted to build on the idea of combining ecofriendly design with local skills,”...
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