Let's Get Small

A five-step program for those suffering from too much stuff and not enough space.

Illustration by Arunas Kacinskas

There are many benefits to living in a smaller home. Generally speaking, living smaller costs less than living bigger—less to build initially, and less to operate on an ongoing basis. Living smaller is more sustainable— it translates to a reduced resource impact on the environment, both short- and long-term. And living smaller can be far easier—once constructed, a smaller house has fewer house-parts to operate and maintain.

Like a hot sports car, a Good Small Space benefits from the vibrancy and dynamism of hyperefficient design. Something exciting happens when compact programming meets high performance in a well-designed space: We feel more connected to the world beyond our walls because less stuff separates Us from It.

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Edit Your Life

Good Small Spaces start with Good Small Occupants. Now, it could be that you’re one of the few who are hardwired to live compactly.
Modern home office illustration by Arunas Kacinskas

Measure Your Life

With less stuff, you’ll need fewer square feet to jam it into. But how small is too small?
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Think Volume

Creatively separating your functional needs is a key component of Good Small Design—it’s all about overlap, nesting, and double duty.
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Get the Right Light

Daylight is the lifeblood of a Good Small Space. Start the process of getting the light right by better understanding the nature of the light-emitting gas ball that we call the sun.
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Think Outside the Box

The final step in the creation of a Good Small Space involves its connection to the 2.5 zillion square feet that exist outside your 900.1

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