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Small in Seattle

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For architect Michelle Linden, living and working in 600 square feet poses its challenges, but one of the biggest was completing a gut-renovation on the tightest of budgets—just $25,000. Originally built in the 1950s, Linden's home wasn't optimized for today's living styles, but was located in a neighborhood rich with amenities and close enough for her husband, Cameron, to bike to work. Location trumped the lack of storage, closed-off spaces, and outdated finishes, and with thoughtful planning and cost-conscious choices, Linden, who heads Seattle's Atelier A+D, crafted a home that's short on space, but long on personality and charm.

Michelle Linden encountered a common real estate dilemma: a less than stellar home in a convenient and desirable…
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The living room coffee table is Michelle's own design and the Salema sofa was purchased from Area 51, a Seattle…
Michelle kept the character of the mid-century home intact, but didn't mimic the style in her new alterations. For…
Custom furniture rubs elbows with catalog pieces in Michelle's home. "Nobody wants their house to look like a cut…
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Linden salvaged her Kitchen Aid oven and microwave from a friend who was updating his kitchen.
Linden used standard 2x2 daltile in the bathroom, but swapped out individual tiles to create a custom pattern. The…
In just nine square feet, the linen closet down the hall holds a washer, dryer, on-demand hot water heater and shelves…
Here's the plan of Linden's 600-square-foot Seattle residence. Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from…
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