Collection by Zachary Edelson

Expert Tips and Tricks for Designing Small Dwellings


Our upcoming November 2015 Small Spaces issue explores some of the worlds best homes, all sized 970 to 55 square feet. We've asked the architects behind those houses to help us think big and design small: what were their big takeaways learned from first-hand experience?

Large sliding glass doors allow daylight to fill the living room.
Architect Christi Azevedo deployed Ikea cabinetry in the kitchen (left), which spans almost the entirety of the...
The outbuilding serves as a studio, a guest house, and a playroom.
Hal Colombo's 68-square-foot Seattle guesthouse, which he proudly describes as "funky," includes a full tub, planted...
The architects worked closely with the clients to match the aesthetic of the vintage furniture they collect.
An enthusiastic cook, Miller says she can easily work in the galley-style kitchen.
Jaanus Orgusaar's NOA cabin in the Virumaa region of Estonia is currently used as a summer cottage.
Both a workspace and sauna, this 34-square-foot hut, which belongs to Finnish artist Helle Kvamme, mixes business and...
The three levels of the house transition from public to private: The ground floor is composed of the kitchen and...
DIY touches define this three-tiered, 182-square-foot studio, belonging to artist and engineer Steve Sauer.
These rustic roof beams were also recovered from the barn and support a covered patio at the rear of the Bunkie.
The origami-like desktop unfolds to reveal a perforated-steel divider that allows the passage of computer cables hidden...
“When we first set out on this crazy adventure, we always pictured parking Woody in a place like this,” Brian says.
Milgard sliding doors were added with the future in mind.
A 55-inch Samsung Smart TV, a gift, is one of few indulgences.
The sleeping loft features a Velux skylight.
Container Store finds, like galvanized-steel shelving in the kitchen, maximize storage.
Architect Greg Dufner carefully devised his own Greenwich Village apartment's interior; he used multiple strategies to...
The resident, a Tokyo transplant, commissioned architect Tadashi Murai to create a fully-equipped structure that comes...
Raising the bed above floor level, architect Kyu Sung Woo converted this tiny studio into an open and comfortable home...