Lily's Custom Design

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Name:
Lily
Location:
Portland, OR
Square Feet:
704
Division:
Little
What I Love About My Small Home:
It's so easy to clean and it's inexpensive to heat. Our floorplan is a one-room house (plus a bathroom and closet) with a tall exposed-beam ceiling and lots of windows. We have a rotating wood-burning fireplace so you can see the fire from anywhere in the house. My husband and I designed it ourselves to match our lifestyle and it's just been fantastic to live in a place that fits us so well.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space
The biggest challenge was working with a construction industry that's designed for big multi-room houses. We ran into some confusing moments during the permitting process (one rule for the kitchen, another rule for the bedroom, but our house only has one main room that is both). We also had a hard time finding things that were small enough for our space. For example, the smallest woodstove we could find that we liked was still completely oversized for our house. Luckily, we worked with a great person from our city permit office who helped us navigate the permit process. We'd also been living in small spaces for a while so we had some experience already with finding appliances and furniture for spaces like ours.
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