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Small Spaces 123 Stories

Tiny homes pose a dilemma: How can you make a pocket-size space comfortable and stylish? The issue has special relevance in San Francisco right now, as the Board of Supervisors gears up for a November 2012 vote on a proposal to allow the construction of microunits as small as 220 square feet. Small-space living...
Easy Green: 10 Tiny Homes That Live Large
No matter what you call it — downsizing, voluntary simplicity, microliving — scaling back your home's size is one simple thing that can greatly reduce your carbon footprint. By living in a smaller than average house, you will use far less energy and...
Small Sleeping Nook, High Comfort
Twins came as a surprise to this California mom — a pleasant one, but she still wasn't prepared to fit two newborn babies into a two-bedroom house with her 4-year-old son. This 12-by-4 nook was the only available bedroom space left for her oldest, and...
Kitchen of the Week: Amazing 40-Square-Foot Kitchen
How do you get storage, prep space, cooking space and a washer-dryer into 40 square feet? Ask Palmer Thompson-Moss, who did just that for a New York client. "These constraints...
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...
Book to Know: 'Living in a Nutshell'
Crammed into a teeny apartment, I can tell you firsthand that decorating a small home is a lot of work. Less space can feel overwhelming when your style isn't exactly minimal, and it can be hard to combine form and functionality without everything getting...
Room of the Day: Home Office Makes the Most of Awkward Dimensions
When it came to designing this tiny office in San Francisco, interior designer Alicia Weaver had her work cut out for her. Tucked off a stairway landing, the space measures only about 10 feet long by 4 to 5 feet wide. Just because space is...
Houzz Tour: Details Make the Difference in 700 Square Feet
Randall Reynoso and Martin Camsey were remodeling their Monterey-colonial-style home in Sacramento, California, when life intervened. Reynoso, who works in banking, was transferred to his company’s San Francisco office. Realizing he would need to be...
Room of the Day: Red, White and Bright in a Fun, Multifunctional Space
When Shivaa Sharma moved into her tiny South London flat in July, she enlisted interior designer Bhavin Taylor to help her realize the full potential of the 16-by-9-foot space. “When I first met Shivaa, the main...
Hidden in Plain Sight: 10 Cleverly Closeted Home Spaces
Everybody loves a good closet, a place where you can shut a door to conceal clutter in one fell swoop. In that spirit, forward-thinking designers and homeowners have learned the advantage of tucking all kinds of living spaces — home offices, laundry...
Folding Designs Make the Most of Your Space
Remember folding tables? Many of us grew up with one in our homes. It had a simple design: Its two leaves could collapse down, leaving just a narrow central worktop, with legs neatly stowed beneath. When folded up, it left masses of space free, but could...
Houzz Tour: Going Off the Grid in 140 Square Feet
Once you get past the size of Vina Lustado’s $40,000 house, which is 140 square feet, two things may still surprise you. One, she designed and built the house to be her home for life. “It’s not temporary. I’m never leaving,” Lustado...
Houzz Tour: Lofty Ambitions Transform a Manhattan Apartment
Brendan Crane was looking for a place to call his own in Manhattan, but each apartment he visited fell below his expectations or above his budget. “I had a hard time finding an apartment that I felt was worth the cost...
10 Tips for Chic Little Bathrooms
While we might dream of a big bathroom in which we can splash around a double walk-in shower, triple basin and huge, freestanding tub, the reality is that many of have little more than a handkerchief-size space to play with. Fear not, though: There is...
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