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7 Compact Home Tours

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From London to Los Angeles, we've gathered seven of our favorite petite residences for a healthy does of small-space inspiration!
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  Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape Architects remodeled inside and out to maximize both space and light, redesigning the property around the pair’s possessions and utilizing every available void for storage. Photo by Peter Marlow.

    Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape Architects remodeled inside and out to maximize both space and light, redesigning the property around the pair’s possessions and utilizing every available void for storage. Photo by Peter Marlow.

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  In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and build their perfectly proportioned family home. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.  Photo by: Patrick Reynolds

    In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and build their perfectly proportioned family home. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.

    Photo by: Patrick Reynolds

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  Faced with the challenge of a diminutive New York apartment in desperate need of a refresh, architect Tim Seggerman went straight to his toolbox to craft a Nakashima-inspired interior. Photo by David Engelhardt.  Photo by: David Engelhardt

    Faced with the challenge of a diminutive New York apartment in desperate need of a refresh, architect Tim Seggerman went straight to his toolbox to craft a Nakashima-inspired interior. Photo by David Engelhardt.

    Photo by: David Engelhardt

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  Matt Jacobson doesn’t just abide by the mantra “less is more,” he wholeheartedly embraces it. His Southern California home is a compact ode to minimal living. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Matt Jacobson doesn’t just abide by the mantra “less is more,” he wholeheartedly embraces it. His Southern California home is a compact ode to minimal living. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Making the most of vertical space unleashes the potential of a petite San Francisco project. The three levels of the house transition from public to private: The ground floor is composed of the kitchen and living-dining area; the bathroom and closet occupy the mezzanine, accessed by a ship’s ladder; and the sleeping loft hovers a couple steps above. Photo by Cesar Rubio.  Photo by: Cesar RubioCourtesy of: Cesar Rubio

    Making the most of vertical space unleashes the potential of a petite San Francisco project. The three levels of the house transition from public to private: The ground floor is composed of the kitchen and living-dining area; the bathroom and closet occupy the mezzanine, accessed by a ship’s ladder; and the sleeping loft hovers a couple steps above. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

    Photo by: Cesar Rubio

    Courtesy of: Cesar Rubio

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  A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality. A dishwasher by Miele, refrigerator by Mitsubishi, and Baumatic cooktop are nestled into the custom kitchen, which features laminate-covered cabinets and a stainless steel countertop. Photo by Simon Devitt.  Photo by: Simon DevittCourtesy of: Simon Devitt

    A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality. A dishwasher by Miele, refrigerator by Mitsubishi, and Baumatic cooktop are nestled into the custom kitchen, which features laminate-covered cabinets and a stainless steel countertop. Photo by Simon Devitt.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

    Courtesy of: Simon Devitt

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  A distinctive wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in Japan.

    A distinctive wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in Japan.

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