There are lots of effective DIY approaches to living small (like decluttering and organizing) but nothing beats working with an architect to bring out every square inch of potential in a tiny home. Architizer — an online database of projects from over 6,000 firms — allows users to search residential spaces by square footage, so we mined their archives for some of the best inspiring homes for small space dwellers.

  1. Small House in Nakanohigashi by Small House Design Lab: A single-family home in Nakanohigashi, Hiroshima was created by a residential design/build firm that specializes in tiny houses.
  2. East Village Studio by Jordan Parnass: A 450 square foot studio in Manhattan includes a loft bed and built-in stair storage.
  3. Haines House by Christopher Polly: Located in a suburb of Sydney, a small home has a 'working wall spine' that contains the home's kitchen, storage, and bathroom.
  4. The Small House by Maryann Thompson Architects: A one-room cabin in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, fits a kitchen, living room, dining room, and two bedrooms into 750 square feet.
  5. Chatou by h2o Architects: In Chatou, France, architects converted a backyard shed into a living space for a lucky teenager.
  6. Rolling Huts by Olson Kundig Architects: A site in Mazama, Washington was an RV campground before Olson Kundig transformed it into a community of small huts, each one lifted up on wheels.
  7. Atelier K by Kensaku Tohmoto Architecture: Designed for an artistic couple in Kyoto, Japan, architects used skylights to open up a tiny home boxed in by its neighbors.
  8. Kokoris Residence by Jensen Architects: A glass entry vestibule and floating concrete steps establish an open, air feeling in a small San Fransisco home.
  9. Mini Loft by Brian Messana: The architects converted a 520 square foot apartment from a studio into a family home using storage walls and clear glass dividers.
  10. Living Small by Studio Santalla: Architects renovated a 600 square foot Washington, DC apartment, removing walls and leaving only the bathroom enclosed to open up the home to light.