Inspiration for Livin' Large In Small Family Homes

If you asked any of the families below if they wish they had more space, they'd probably answer yes. But that doesn't mean they haven't made it work with the space they have and even found some benefits to living together in cozy quarters. Here are seven small family homes to explore and be inspired by:

LJ Wraps Up (above): Architects LJ and Elena and their son Teo make the most of their 500 square foot condo with tons of creative built-in storage solutions and a lofted sleeping area. Also see their condo re-think in progress here.

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Four People (and a Dog) Living in 180 Square Feet: Granted, this is primarily a weekend getaway but we love the houseboat-inspired cabin our retired writer Tammy and husband built to share with their two sons and furry friend and it has many small space lessons to incorporate into any home.

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Mom, Dad and Baby Live Happily in 380 Square Feet: How does this family of three cope in such a small space: co-sleeping, double duty furniture and a large mirror to visually enlarge the space.

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François and Raphaëlle's Small Space Solution: These Parisian parents chose to give their kids the bedrooms in their apartment and set up the largest room in the house as a family room by day and parents' sleeping quarters by night. (And here's a full tour of this family home.)

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A Narrow Victory in the East Village: This NYC family of four came up with many creative space solutions in their 640 square foot home including a bed that doubles as a desk. See the rest of this clever family home at Dwell.

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Oprah Tours a Typical Danish Home: In many countries, small homes are a way of life. Oprah toured this small Danish home and marveled at how small and spare the kids' bedroom was.

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Inside Out: Max and Sara Kate's Small Really is Cool!: Apartment Therapy's own Maxwell and Sara Kate spent the first 6 months of their daughter's life in this 265 square foot 1-bedroom by keeping only the basic baby essentials around.. Tour the full apartment here.

(Images credited in their original posts)

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As Apartment Therapy's Managing Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.