Halving It All

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January 19, 2009
Originally published in Think Small
David Sarti's little red house in Seattle's sleepy Central District proves that a bit of land, ambition, and carpentry know-how can go a long way.
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  The Sarti house—like much of the furnishings inside—is neatly hidden amongst its more established counterparts. In the early evening, Sarti’s studio takes on a lanternlike appearance.
    The Sarti house—like much of the furnishings inside—is neatly hidden amongst its more established counterparts. In the early evening, Sarti’s studio takes on a lanternlike appearance.
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  In the kitchen and living room, every piece of furniture is mobile. The kitchen table on casters can easily slip into hiding if more space is needed, and the chairs from IKEA quickly fold up for easy removal.
    In the kitchen and living room, every piece of furniture is mobile. The kitchen table on casters can easily slip into hiding if more space is needed, and the chairs from IKEA quickly fold up for easy removal.
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  Sarti recently completed the studio addition to his house, giving him another 300 square feet of space. Now, all future home-improvement projects can be completed entirely onsite, though late-night table-saw usage might leave his neighbors sleepless in Seattle.
    Sarti recently completed the studio addition to his house, giving him another 300 square feet of space. Now, all future home-improvement projects can be completed entirely onsite, though late-night table-saw usage might leave his neighbors sleepless in Seattle.
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  Sarti’s upstairs office provides a cozy corner for work and relaxation. The large windows allow him to search the surrounding backyards for inspiration when stuck in a rut.
    Sarti’s upstairs office provides a cozy corner for work and relaxation. The large windows allow him to search the surrounding backyards for inspiration when stuck in a rut.
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  David’s wife, Jodi, knits it up on the IKEA couch. The floor color, Sarti explains, “comes from the natural efflorescence that occurred as the concrete cured.”
    David’s wife, Jodi, knits it up on the IKEA couch. The floor color, Sarti explains, “comes from the natural efflorescence that occurred as the concrete cured.”
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  Sarti is only too happy to demonstrate one of his favorite inventions: a mobile kitchen-supply box/cocktail station/breakfast bar with casters that hides beneath the stairs.
    Sarti is only too happy to demonstrate one of his favorite inventions: a mobile kitchen-supply box/cocktail station/breakfast bar with casters that hides beneath the stairs.
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  The house’s small square footage also necessitated that the bathroom do double duty as the laundry room.
    The house’s small square footage also necessitated that the bathroom do double duty as the laundry room.
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  The rear facade.
    The rear facade.
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