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Small Spaces 99 Ideabooks

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...
Life Lessons From 10 Years of Living in 84 Square Feet
About 10 years ago, Dee Williams was living in a 1,500-square-foot, three-bedroom house in Portland, Oregon. She had a $1,200-per-month mortgage, which she split with housemates to help make ends meet. The 1927 Craftsman-style bungalow had...
Design Lessons From Tiny Homes
There are small spaces, and then there are microspaces. The architects and designers who show at the MicroDwell exhibition specialize in the latter. Architect Lynne Reynolds’ Lean2 home is just...
Give Your Compact Patio Some Major Style
Even if your outdoor space is smaller than average, it is possible to create a stylish, welcoming outdoor room you’ll love to spend time in. From creating privacy and adding mood lighting to choosing furniture you love, we hope you will find an idea...
Room of the Day: A Maine Guest Cottage Steeped in Charm
Before Gail Landry bought Flanagan Farm in 2011, the local fire department was planning to burn the place down as a training exercise. But Landry intervened and transformed the Buxton, Maine, property into a rural haven steeped in contemporary country...
Watch an Entryway Bar Transform Into a Table for Two
Most architects become famous by designing humongous museums or concert halls. But New York architect Michael Chen is highly sought after for small-scale projects that he calls architectural appliances...
Downsizing Help: Where to Put Your Overnight Guests
I have seven grandchildren, plus two sons and their wives. When they visit, they bring all the paraphernalia that babies and youngsters and tech-dependent adults need these days. And we live in a 600-square-foot bungalow. Yikes! If your downsizing...
Downsizing Help: Shelve Your Storage Woes
Take a look at your new, smaller rooms. Is there wall space that can be put to good use? Shelving — whether for books or collectibles, or to hold necessities like bathroom and office supplies — can make the difference between ongoing frustration...
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