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February 14, 2014
These seven properties show that when it comes to vacations homes, less can certainly be more.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedroom create the sensation of being outside, as if the entire house is one platform deck strategically shielded from the elements.

With an interior space comprising less than 450 square feet, this Stinson Beach, California home maximizes the family's immersion in the area's moderate climate, providing domestic comforts and a sheltered lookout place. 

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Originally appeared in A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach
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The Fisher family out on their beach backyard

1,200 square feet and 60 steps from the beach, the Fisher family's Long Island home maximizes light to amplify openess in the four bedroom two bathroom space. 

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Originally appeared in Long Island Found
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trailer, malibu, beach, small

Steven Johanknecht's creative renovation of Sophie Howard's 500 square foot trailer in Malibu, California establishes that the proverbial blank canvas comes in many sizes. 

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Originally appeared in A Modern Beachside Trailer Home in Malibu
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 Building this 1,900 square foot home in Big Sur, California was a delicate feat for Carmel architecture firm Carver & Schicketanz, who operated with deep consciousness of the environment throughout the home's construction. 

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Originally appeared in Cliff Hangers
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From the deck off the master bedroom, Eric Grunbaum looks across his front yard. Barbara Bestor designed the second story to float over the ground “like a cloud.”

The bold colors and wide windows of this three bedroom, three bathroom 2,000 square foot house in Venice, California reflect the attitude of 'restrained exuberance' with which the house was constructed. 

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Originally appeared in Modern Surf Shack in Venice
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Minimalist Matt Jacobson's Manhattan Beach home of just under 900 square feet was calculated and constructed to serve his need for the perfect surf haven. 

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Dave Lauridsen
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California, waterfront, small, lagoon

Despite the 1,900 square feet limit architect Cass Calder Smith faced in its renovation, this Stinson Beach, California home feels as spacious and uninhibited as the water lapping beneath its tiered dock. 

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Floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedroom create the sensation of being outside, as if the entire house is one platform deck strategically shielded from the elements.

With an interior space comprising less than 450 square feet, this Stinson Beach, California home maximizes the family's immersion in the area's moderate climate, providing domestic comforts and a sheltered lookout place. 

Photo by Mathew Scott.

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