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7 Small Spaces Under 400-Square-Feet

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Embracing small spaces requires maximizing functionality and minimizing material objects. Here are seven of the tiniest houses featured in Dwell, all under 400-square-feet.
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  With no living room in this 240-square-foot Manhattan apartment, architect Tim Seggerman designed a built-in bookshelf and lounge area. Photo by David Engelhardt.

    With no living room in this 240-square-foot Manhattan apartment, architect Tim Seggerman designed a built-in bookshelf and lounge area. Photo by David Engelhardt.

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  In San Francisco's emerging SoMa district, these 300-square-foot units feature innovative designs to maximize space, such as a Murphy bed that turns into a dining table. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan.

    In San Francisco's emerging SoMa district, these 300-square-foot units feature innovative designs to maximize space, such as a Murphy bed that turns into a dining table. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan.

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  At 93-square-feet, this split-level guesthouse was once a former boiler room until it was renovated by San Francisco architect Christi Azevedo. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

    At 93-square-feet, this split-level guesthouse was once a former boiler room until it was renovated by San Francisco architect Christi Azevedo. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

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  This South African vacation home was built by art gallerist Gavin Rooke. Rooke is not an architect or designer but that didn't stop him in building this colorful 330-square-foot home outside of Johannesburg.

    This South African vacation home was built by art gallerist Gavin Rooke. Rooke is not an architect or designer but that didn't stop him in building this colorful 330-square-foot home outside of Johannesburg.

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  A designing couple transformed this 100-year-old Oakland barn into a cozy 400-square-foot handmade home. Photo by Aya Brackett.

    A designing couple transformed this 100-year-old Oakland barn into a cozy 400-square-foot handmade home. Photo by Aya Brackett.

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  In this 400-square-foot West Village apartment, architect Joel Sanders designed a multi-functional one-room space equipped with a fold-out dining table and a hidden murphy bed. Photo by Grant Delin.

    In this 400-square-foot West Village apartment, architect Joel Sanders designed a multi-functional one-room space equipped with a fold-out dining table and a hidden murphy bed. Photo by Grant Delin.

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  Designed by architect Tadashi Murai for a Tokyo transplant, this 20-by-8-foot sustainable home is made of plywood and focuses on "non-design". Photo by Alessio Guarino.

    Designed by architect Tadashi Murai for a Tokyo transplant, this 20-by-8-foot sustainable home is made of plywood and focuses on "non-design". Photo by Alessio Guarino.

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