Midwest #17: Brian's Loft

Name: Brian
Location: Chicago
Size: 541 sf
Rent/Own: Own

What is the advantage of SMALL? There are so many reasons. Lower taxes / fees along with low utilities are on the top of the list. Also, as we both travel quite a bit for work, it's easy to clean up and make presentable upon arrival. When we go to sell and buy a home, it will be small as well. We've come to realize the advantages of not having a large home - It's something that's become so ridiculous over the years.

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What's your favorite resource for your home?

Greenmaker Supply and the home tours on apartmenttherapy.com

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home?

It's a tie between the lofted area, our balcony and our kitchen. The lofted space is such a relaxing nook to have, but the kitchen is a pleasure to work in and has made us eat at home so much more. The balcony is great for absolutely amazing sunsets.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.