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By Janet Hall, Remodelista
Tour these architect-designed mini-homes for smart design ideas that won't cramp your style.
All In One2 of 16
House Boats are great small space design labs. One room of this Seattle Floating Home by Ryan Mankoski combines the living, dining and cooking functions into one. Try to utilize all wall space, from floor to ceiling, for storage.
White Out3 of 16
Using a solid-color palette gives the illusion of breadth, as in this all-white kitchen in a Greenwich Village pied-à-terre designed by Magdalena Keck. The white picture frames add dimension and texture to the space without making the narrow opening feel cluttered.
Step It Up4 of 16
Undersized homes demand clever storage solutions, like utilizing the dead space under stairs. Here, the architect transformed the stairs of a bedroom into a chest of drawers.
ON REMODELISTA: Under-Stairs Storage Solutions
Hide & Seek5 of 16
Architect Sheila Narusawa designed a compact 940-square-foot house in Maine that includes a compact kitchen on the side of the living/dining space. Nautical style cupboards, doors and flush-colored nautical hardware offer compact storage and conceal functional areas while they're not in use.
ON REMODELISTA: Marine-Style Household Hardware
Chic Cubicle6 of 16
For an in-home office in the same Tribeca loft, Roger Hirsch designed a desk that looks like a sleek slab of wood when closed, but opens with two flip-top desks and drawers in between. Above the desk, the white wall serves as a projection TV area for the living room.
Less Is More7 of 16
The compact kitchen of this Washington, D.C., home designed by Henrybuilt is cleverly tucked into a corner, taking up less than 100 square feet. For a loft or one-room space like this, architects recommend using open shelving to offer storage with a sense of space while also creating a point of visual interest.
Nooks & Crannies8 of 16
Architect Christi Azevedo designed a one-room carriage house that includes a kitchen tucked under an eave and a bathroom hidden behind a frosted glass. Sliding doors take up limited space and allow you to simultaneously close one area while opening an adjacent one. The tiny kitchen is a study in efficiency, maximizing the use of wall space with hooks, magnet bars and shelves.
ON REMODELISTA: Amazing Under-Stair Kitchens
Great Divide9 of 16
Sitting atop a warehouse, Sky Ranch by Miller Hull Architects is an 800-square-foot rectangle that uses a center fireplace column to divide the sleeping and living spaces.
Making It Count10 of 16
In this garden studio by Ninebark Design Build, the kitchen is tucked into what might serve as only a hallway. Here's a small space tip: Under-counter refrigerators are oft-forgotten space-savers and can be used in multiples for increased storage.
Close Quarters11 of 16
Designer Kelly LaPlante created this petite and sophisticated one-room apartment for a family of four. The living area puts some space between the sleeping and eating areas. "Having a visual separation between those two areas is really key to not feeling like you are living on top of yourself," says LaPlante.
Economy Size12 of 16
Shed Architecture & Design transformed a single-car garage into a light and expansive studio. The bathroom, refrigerator, oven, primary clothes closet and stairs to the sleeping loft are hidden in compact core behind the kitchen.
Natural Light13 of 16
Floor-to-ceiling windows line two sides of Sky Ranch by Miller Hull Architects, flooding the space with light and connecting it to a large deck.
Hidden Assets14 of 16
In a glamorous Tribeca loft, architect Roger Hirsch created a "floating" core, which easily unfolds into a bed. Concealed curtains close off the bedroom space to make a cozy cocoon for sleeping.
Hall Pass15 of 16
Bookshelves line one full wall of Sky Ranch by Miller Hull Architects, adding a sense of length and continuity to the space.
Double Duty16 of 16
To save space and create visual appeal, the architect created built-in beds with storage above and below.
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