5 Small Home Ideas

5 Small Home Ideas

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Regina Yunghans
Nov 30, 2009

Fine Homebuilding focuses mainly on single-family residential construction that isn't necessarily limited in size. But they do have a feature from time-to-time on small homes. Here's a look at five ideas from some of their recent small home features:

1: Adapt to the Japanese attitude toward bedrooms. "They are bedrooms only at night", says architect Tina Govan, who incorporated a tatami room into her home's 650sf addition.
2: Open to outdoor space where possible. The 550sf "Big-Little House" in a Berkley, CA backyard has two rooms, both of which open onto a deck built around a protected coastal live oak tree.
3: High ceilings. The volume can make a tight footprint feel more spacious, as in these high, open-beamed ceilings in the "Big-Little House" by architect John Hopkins.
4: Use every inch, repurposing if you need to. The unused chimney in this kitchen, designed by architect Jonathan Chambers was converted into a tall, skinny bookcase.
5: Built-in furniture saves space while providing storage. This image is from Not so Big!, an article full of helpful small-space tips from architect Sarah Susanka.

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