How to Fit Two People, Two Cats & One Small Business Into 312 Square Feet

How to Fit Two People, Two Cats & One Small Business Into 312 Square Feet

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Nancy Mitchell
Apr 8, 2017
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I've lived in a townhouse in Texas and in a teeny tiny New York apartment, but my real dream, I think, would be to live in a modest little home with a not-so-modest amount of outdoor space all my own. In Golden, a little Texas town about an hour and a half east of Dallas, one couple and two cats are living my dream.

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This home's 312 square feet may not sound like a lot, especially for two people, but here it feels airy and spacious, thanks to tall ceilings and plentiful windows. Upon entering, you see the kitchen to your left, with a counter-height bar on one side that also serves as a workspace. Kelly Christine, who lives here with her husband Canaan, is a lifestyle and interiors photographer who runs a print shop out of their home.

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Opposite the kitchen is the living area, which has a cozy sofa for lounging, something that often gets left out of tiny houses. The sofa's L shape helps it make the most of the space. Above is the sleeping loft—which has plenty of clearance thanks to the home's high ceilings—accessed by a real staircase (albeit kind of a steep one with no hand rail) with storage underneath. A nice little detail is the book shelf-lined wall next to the bed (you can see a peek of this in the above photo).

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Throughout the house there are accommodations for the smallest residents, the cats. The litter box tucks into a cubby under the stairs, and a ledge underneath the breakfast bar provides a spot for the kitties to perch while eating. And though the home's interior may be small, outside there's plenty of space for entertaining, including a patio for dining and lounging and two hammock chairs. It's making this New Yorker more than a little nostalgic for Texas — and for sweet summer evenings spent lingering outside.

You can see more photos of the space, and an interview with the couple, at The Everygirl. Prints of Kelly Christine's photos are here. The house itself is a custom build of Longview-based American Tiny House.

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