July 8, 2014
Constrained by minimal square footage, small houses run the risk of feeling cramped and claustrophobic. The best solutions often involve copious amounts of natural light.
Modern prefab shed in Finland

A prefab prototype by Finnish designer Linda Begroth couldn’t get any brighter. The wood-framed and glass-walled structure will make its occupants feel like they’re sleeping outside. Photo by Arsi Ikäheimonen.

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Modern glass extension in Belgium.

By opening up the side of an A-frame hut and adding on a glassed-in addition, architecture firm dmvA brought sunlight into a 566-square-foot house outside Antwerp, Belgium. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

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Originally appeared in A Modern Glass Addition in Belgium
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Living room with vintage Risom furniture and sliding steel door

With an entire wall of windows making up its northern façade, there’s never a lack of light in Jens Risom’s remote Block Island prefab. Photo by Floto + Warner.

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Originally appeared in Jens Risom's Block Island Family Retreat
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Interior view of outdoor deck

Well-placed windows and sliding glass doors make the interior of a Maine island getaway feel bright and spacious. Photo by Eirik Johnson.

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Originally appeared in Green Cottage Getaway in Maine
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floating home living room renovation in Seattle, Washington

The floor-to-ceiling windows at either end of a Seattle boathouse allow light to stream through the entire 1,000-square-foot space.

Originally appeared in A Renovated Boathouse on Seattle's Portage Bay
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Separated only by large expanses of glass, the interior and exterior landscape flow together.

Separated only by large expanses of glass, the interior and exterior of a Los Angeles home flow seamlessly together. Photo by Catherine Ledner.

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Originally appeared in Compound Addition
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Modern bayfront house in Chile

The double-height windows of a bayfront house in Chile allow sunlight to reach all corners of the 1,000-square-foot, whitewashed interior. Photo by Roland Halbe.

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Originally appeared in A Simple Geometric Bayfront Home in Chile
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modern living room connecticut

Thanks to two enormous sliding glass doors, the entire corner of a 1,000-square-foot Connecticut guest cottage opens up to the surrounding landscape. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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Originally appeared in Striking Angular Cottage in Connecticut
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Three thin slabs, staggered vertically through the space, create three distinct floors and allow light to flood in from the front, back, and roof. The white Saari kitchen makes the most of a compact space.

By staggering the slabs that make up the three floors of a slim townhouse in Sweden, architect Elding Oscarson allowed light to flood all the way from the roof to the ground-floor kitchen. Photo by Mark Seelen.

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Originally appeared in Contemporary Nordic Town House
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Modern bedroom office with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors

Working with a limited footprint, architect Bruce Bolander managed to create a secluded canyon house in Malibu with an airy and expansive interior. Photo by J Bennett Fitts.

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Originally appeared in Malibu Canyon House with a View
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Modern prefab shed in Finland

A prefab prototype by Finnish designer Linda Begroth couldn’t get any brighter. The wood-framed and glass-walled structure will make its occupants feel like they’re sleeping outside. Photo by Arsi Ikäheimonen.

Photo by Arsi Ikäheimonen.

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