10 Smart Small Spaces

The ingenuity of architects and design-minded residents is often best showcased in designs for homes with less than ample square footage. These spatial savants found clever ways to circumvent confounding floor plans, and dark and closed off rooms, proving that a few smart moves—tearing down walls, adding adjustable partitions, and applying fresh coats of paint, among others—go a long way. Tour these 10 small spaces, ranging from a renovated apartment in Bratislava to an airy and Spartan home in a historic Brussels building to a shoebox-sized Seattle abode.

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The studio’s redwood siding was milled from trees salvaged from a road-widening project in Sonoma County, California. The hardware, “two-hundred dollars’ worth of stainless-steel screws,” says Deeds, was purposefully left exposed as an architectural detai
Sarah Deeds of Deeds Design and carpenter John McBride built this 120-square-foot office office and art studio in Berkeley, California. Constructed behind their 1906 Victorian, this small space utilizes a pentagon-like layout to maximize the interior. Image courtesy of © Lenny Gonzalez 2010.

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