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More for Less: A Small-Space Inspiration Guide

10 Tiny Houses We Love

We've dedicated the pages in our November 2012 issue to living large in small spaces, whether they're 235, 900, or 2,000 square feet. But there's more! The Dwell archive features scores of small space projects, and 10 of the tiniest are corralled in this gallery of images, ranging from a bite-sized Bratislava apartment to a bright and airy renovation in Belgium.

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5 Extraordinary Homes Under 2,000 Square Feet

Here at Dwell HQ in San Francisco, most of us reside in apartments and small ones at that, so we have a special place in our hearts for small space inspiration. Living small means getting creative and utilizing every inch of space in an efficient way. Here, we take a look at five homes that are making small spaces work and doing it in style.

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10 Perfect Pieces for Small Space Living

In this second installment of our small space series, we've put together 10 perfect pieces to enhance your limited living space. From multifunctional furniture to clever storage and even a wee washer and dryer, we prove you don't necessarily need a palace to live like a king.

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Tiny Architecture: 5 Modern Outbuildings

Who doesn't fantasize about a small place of one's own—a retreat, an escape, a house built for one? Here, five small modern outbuildings that don't skimp on design—and offer a chance to be alone, even if it's just in your backyard.

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Small Wooden Box Home in Portland

This pair of handy Portlanders doesn’t crave any more of Oregon’s territory than what’s taken up by their 704-square-foot home, hard-working garden, and smartly designed outdoor spaces.

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Modern Storage Solutions: 5 Smart Built-Ins and Closets

When space is tight, designers often eke out additional (hidden) square footage by going deep—into the walls and furnishings themselves. Built-in shelving, closets, and creative, multipurpose built-ins maximize storage and can make even a tiny space more functional and beautiful. Here are some of our favorite examples of smart storage in small spaces.

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8 Small Space Bath & Wardrobe Solutions

Continuing our small spaces series today, we offer tips for the very smallest rooms of all: The bathroom and the closet. From washroom accessories to a build-your-own closet, we've put together eight great solutions for your small bathroom and wardrobe needs.

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NHR Apartment by Gut Gut

In our March 2012 issue we toured this small Bratislava, Slovak Republic, apartment in the story True Value. Now we're having a look at another hip flat by the same firm, Gut Gut. This time the scale is a bit bigger—the renovated space is over 1,100 square-feet instead of just 516—but the smart, colorful, and cost-conscious approach is the same. So click through to see how this up-and-coming Slovakian firm recast the ground floor of an early-90s apartment building as a stylish and scrappy family home. 

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Tiny Studio Cabin by Hinterland Design

It doesn't get much more idyllic than this: An illustrator of children's books who lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia needed a quiet workspace that was nearby, but separate from, her family's bustling household. She contacted local designer, artist, and builder Riley McFerrin of Hinterland Design to replace an existing shed on her property, perched on top of a steep hill, by maintaining the old outbuilding's small footprint. The design brief? "Small but airy, bright but cozy, and most importantly modern, yet in keeping with the rustic charm of the country."

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7 Clever Loft Spaces for Small Places

Crunched for space, the residents of these homes—mostly under 1,000 square feet—have the same ideas: look upward and compartmentalize. Lofted sleeping areas, closets, and reading nooks are among the smart space-saving solutions.

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Small in Seattle

For architect Michelle Linden, living and working in 600 square feet poses its challenges, but one of the biggest was completing a gut-renovation on the tightest of budgets—just $25,000. Originally built in the 1950s, Linden's home wasn't optimized for today's living styles, but was located in a neighborhood rich with amenities and close enough for her husband, Cameron, to bike to work. Location trumped the lack of storage, closed-off spaces, and outdated finishes, and with thoughtful planning and cost-conscious choices, Linden, who heads Seattle's Atelier A+D, crafted a home that's short on space, but long on personality and charm.

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10 Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Whether tightly housed in a 800-sq. ft. home or living the life as a 7x7-sized room occupant, these ten furniture helpers will work its storage-saving magic into any small space.

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5 Small and Narrow Modern Houses

It's always fascinating to see how designers deal with tiny lots and small spaces. But when a house is also unusually narrow, that brings additional spatial challenges—often provoking out-of-the-box solutions from designers and inhabitants. Check out these five examples of surprisingly small and narrow modern houses, plucked from the pages of Dwell, and proffering unexpected approaches to storage, custom built-ins, and creative ways of cohabitating.

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