5 Extraordinary Homes Under 2,000 Square Feet

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August 15, 2013
Here at Dwell HQ in San Francisco, most of us reside in apartments and small ones at that, so we have a special place in our hearts for small space inspiration. Living small means getting creative and utilizing every inch of space in an efficient way. Here, we take a look at five homes that are making small spaces work and doing it in style.
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  VENETIAN VICISSITUDEShedding a past filled with farmhouses and ornamentation, Dawn Farmer and Pierre Kozely decided to embrace simplicity— and architect Michael Sant designed them a home to match, while fitting on a 45-by-130-foot lot.photos by: Gregg Segal  Photo by: Gregg Segal

    VENETIAN VICISSITUDE

    Shedding a past filled with farmhouses and ornamentation, Dawn Farmer and Pierre Kozely decided to embrace simplicity— and architect Michael Sant designed them a home to match, while fitting on a 45-by-130-foot lot.

    photos by: Gregg Segal

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  URBAN VESSEL"I'm used to spending time on boats," says New York based architect and interior designer Page Goolrick, who has been sailing competitively for 15 years. "It's influenced my design. Sailing vessels are beautifully designed, flexible, made for performance, but also attractive. They are not ornamental; they do their job and do it well, but they're beautiful." It seems that the two disciplines have conspired to make Goolrick's design streamlined, efficient, and unobtrusively inventive. And theses qualities are nowhere so apparent as in the 560-square-foot Gramercy Park apartment she recently renovated for herself.photos by: Dean Kaufman  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    URBAN VESSEL

    "I'm used to spending time on boats," says New York based architect and interior designer Page Goolrick, who has been sailing competitively for 15 years. "It's influenced my design. Sailing vessels are beautifully designed, flexible, made for performance, but also attractive. They are not ornamental; they do their job and do it well, but they're beautiful." It seems that the two disciplines have conspired to make Goolrick's design streamlined, efficient, and unobtrusively inventive. And theses qualities are nowhere so apparent as in the 560-square-foot Gramercy Park apartment she recently renovated for herself.

    photos by: Dean Kaufman

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  LIVING ROOMWhen Im and David Schafer moved in together they faced the challenge of combining the contents of David’s 880-square-foot loft and Im’s 550-square-foot apartment into a one-room, 426-square-foot downtown loft.photos by: Misha Gravenor  Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    LIVING ROOM

    When Im and David Schafer moved in together they faced the challenge of combining the contents of David’s 880-square-foot loft and Im’s 550-square-foot apartment into a one-room, 426-square-foot downtown loft.

    photos by: Misha Gravenor

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  PRETTY SUPERThe 912 square feet super's unit was anything but in this Upper West side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor space transformed this architectural blunder to boon.photos by: Roland Bello  Photo by: Roland Bello

    PRETTY SUPER

    The 912 square feet super's unit was anything but in this Upper West side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor space transformed this architectural blunder to boon.

    photos by: Roland Bello

    Photo by: Roland Bello

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  BUILT-IN STYLEIn Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.photos by: Aya Brackett  Photo by: Aya Brackett

    BUILT-IN STYLE

    In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

    photos by: Aya Brackett

    Photo by: Aya Brackett

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