Category: Small Spaces

Easy Green: 10 Tiny Homes That Live Big

Regardless of what you call it downsizing, voluntary simplicity, microliving — scaling your home’s size is one simple thing that can greatly reduce your carbon footprint. By living in a bigger than ordinary home, you can use less water and energy, and create less waste. And, clearly, you can save money also.

There are many imaginative ways to approach small-space living. Get tips on living with significantly less from those 10 unique and advanced homes.

Koch Architects, Inc.. Joanne Koch

The Spruce Street Cottage
By: Koch Architects, Joanne Koch
Tip: Maximize loft space.

This cabin makes excellent use of space with a loft reached by a ladder and together with built-in closets, a sink and closets below.

Sullivan Building & Design Group

The River Road Cottage
By: Sullivan Building & Design Group
Tip 1: Divide extra space with built-ins.

The beds are based in here, which makes a loft nook work just two bedrooms. Plus, there’s lots of storage for books.

Sullivan Building & Design Group

Tip 2: Forget what you thought you understood about scale.

A guest room from the River Road Cottage utilizes a bed that fills the space nearly wall to wall but manages to appear cozy rather than cramped. Think about it — after you’re tucked in, wouldn’t you be more comfortable in a full bed than a shrimpy twin, even when twin left the room look more spacious?

Sullivan Building & Design Group

Tip 3: Produce”minutes” of spaciousness.

Simply because (or especially since ) you’re working with a small distance does not mean you can not have a room that feels wide open. Think about knocking out a wall or two at the main living room to allow room to breathe.

The Room: From The Upward Bound House
By: Nadia Geller
Tip: Use drapes for more than windows.

For Your Upward Bound House, an emergency shelter for households where designers donated their services to create welcoming environments, Nadia Geller utilized white drapes to section off sleeping areas from the small space.

Curtains are also excellent in place of cupboard doors or for hiding a workspace when not in use.

Photograph by Laure Joliet

Studio Zerbey Architecture + Design

The Chezerbey
By: Lauren and Kyle Zerbey
Tip 1: Maintain possessions nicely edited.

Have a cue from homeowners and architects Lauren and Kyle Zerbey and pare your belongings to what’s necessary but still beautiful. By way of instance, choosing stunning handmade white dishes means that you may leave them on screen and they seem great. Plus, they go with everything, so it is possible to get rid of several sets of meals.

Studio Zerbey Architecture + Design

Tip 2: Use ceiling elevation to create zones.

The few utilized lowered and raised ceilings to impact the disposition throughout the home. A lowered ceiling in the dining area creates a cozy, romantic feel, although the kitchen ceiling makes that conclusion of this room feel spacious and airy.

Dufner Heighes Inc

The New York City townhouse
By: Dufner Heighes
Tip: Package a large punch with a small patio.

This New York City townhouse could have a postage stamp–dimension patio, but it does not mean it lacks style. A Lutyens-style seat in new spring green paired with a petallike table and modern cable chairs makes a lively arrangement nicely suited for the urban outdoors.


The Former garage Bordeaux, France
By: Fabre/deMarien
Tip: Use unforeseen areas for dwelling.

This amazing renovation from French design and architecture company Fabre/deMarien transformed an unused garage into a posh living space.


Light flooding the dining space of the former garage, with simple concrete floors and industrial pendant lighting alluding to the construction’s previous incarnation.


Innovative details such as the built-in workspace and sofa create excellent use of the small space. Sleek finishes and spare, modern furnishings operate nicely with this industrial appearance.


Most of the major features were built into a central cube including the bathroom, the washing machine and storage, as well as the couch and desk on the opposite side.

Ira Lippke

The Industrial minihouse at Seattle
By: Homeowner Michelle de la Vega
Tip 1: Open up to one-room living.

Another garage renovation, now in Seattle, feels much more spacious than its 250 square feet indicate. Light floods in by the French doors and high windows, and keeping the middle of the main room furniture helps maintain an open feel.

Ira Lippke

Tip 2: Do not think small should imply spartan.

The toilet addition to Michelle’s small home (after a permanent residence but now employed as a vacation getaway) is anything but bare bones. A full size claw-foot bathtub is under a skylight and surrounded by stunning stone tile. The crucial lesson here: Contain small luxuries so that moving small does not feel as a sacrifice.

Churreria Photography

The Fold-out apartment in Barcelona
By: Architect Barbara Appolloni
Tip 1: Build in architectural details.

This small 260-square-foot rooftop apartment contains lots of unique folding designs, letting the single room to function as bedroom, dining room and workspace.

Churreria Photography

Here you can see the bed and table tucked away, and also a small dining table was pulled out of the wall. An whole kitchen is constructed into the wall, which looks as a constant, sleek surface when not in use.

Churreria Photography

Tip 2: Count outdoor space as an extension of your property.

Outdoor is the rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the city, an outdoor bathtub, a day bed and a washer and dryer. Especially in a locale with a mild climate, it is logical to put your outdoor space to work.

Michael K Chen Architecture

The Unfolding apartment in Manhattan
By: Michael Chen and Kari Anderson, Regular Projects
Tip: Be innovative with distance savers.

Another unfolding apartment, this one includes a large cabinet that conceals a bed, a cupboard and a desk. The”wall” partitioning the bed from the living area is truly the cupboard door.

Michael K Chen Architecture

Whenever the Murphy bed is folded up, the large door swings shut, opening up the room into one space again to allow extra room for entertaining.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

The The Gifford
By: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Tip 1: Consider moving
really small.

Jay Shafer’s home measures a small 16 feet by 7 feet, and he likes it that way. The creator of this Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Shafer creates tiny homes like the one you see here, along with 22 other designs, less than 900 square feet (most are less than 300 square feet). A number of those Tumbleweed houses are even portable.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Tip 2: Forget about square feet — use every last square inch.

The interiors of the Tumbleweed houses are reminiscent of ships. Desks, shelves and sleeping areas are built seamlessly into the design, fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle.

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