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Arlington, VA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
We love that our small home is old. We love that it has character. We love that it offers just enough, but not too much. Every room has a purpose, and every corner has value. We love that every space in our home is used, and not just filled in order to avoid emptiness. We love that our bedroom faces the east so that we're greeted by the sunrise, and that our living & dining rooms face the west so that we close our days to the glow of the sunset. We love that it’s small enough to know the location of every squeaky floor board; which makes it easier to not disturb each other’s sleep during late nights or early mornings. We love that no matter where we are in the home, we’re never too far apart.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
The biggest challenge is convincing others that we actually enjoy and successfully live in a small home. Most people don’t realize that it’s possible to pare down and store all of the dinnerware and associated items into a single mid-century sideboard and we really CAN seat a party of 6 comfortably at the dining table(thanks to extensions). Guests are amazed that our tiny pre-war closets can easily accommodate all of their bulky winter coats and then some thanks to the wonders of modular shelving and closet systems that we've utilized. Overnight guests are delighted to find that there’s plenty of space in the tiny bathroom thanks to smart use of industrial recessed wall cabinets and trash bins. Existing thoughtful and practical architecture and smart furniture layout goes a long way. We’ve successfully met all of the things we once thought were challenges and hopefully have won a few of our friends and family over to the smaller IS cooler mindset.