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Halving It All

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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.  Photo by Misha Gravenor.
    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. Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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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.  Photo by Misha Gravenor.
    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. Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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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.  Photo by Misha Gravenor.
    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. Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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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.  Photo by Misha Gravenor.
    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. Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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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.”  Photo by Misha Gravenor.
    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.” Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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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.  Photo by Misha Gravenor.
    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. Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  The house’s small square footage also necessitated that the bathroom do double duty as the laundry room.  Photo by Misha Gravenor.
    The house’s small square footage also necessitated that the bathroom do double duty as the laundry room. Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  The rear facade.  Photo by Misha Gravenor.
    The rear facade. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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