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When you inhabit a small space, finding creative solutions are a must. Explore compact spaces, tiny houses, and studios that employ clever storage solutions. From multifunctional rooms, to space-saving hacks, to lofted living, these dwellings exhibit resourcefulness, flexibility, and style.

11 Extraordinary Designs That Make You Rethink the Modern Shed
These thoughtfully designed outbuildings exhibit how the utilitarian backyard shed can be adapted for work, storage, and living.
This Tiny, Icelandic-Inspired Prefab Could Ease the Housing Shortage in Los Angeles
Design studio Minarc launches Plús Hús, a tiny prefab dwelling starting at $37,000 that offers an affordable, environmentally...
Life in This Renovated Houseboat Would Be But a Dream
Stealth storage and a color palette borrowed from nature lets this Australian houseboat live larger than its 495 square feet.
A Tiny Apartment in the Italian Riviera Takes Cues From Nautical Design
Inspired by the region's maritime roots, this 377-square-foot unit hides the bedroom behind a crafty plywood storage system.
Get Your Glamp On in This Retro Teardrop Trailer
Keep the elements at bay with these hand-built, fully customizable teardrops from Denver-based manufacturer Timberleaf Trailers.
A Multipurpose Bedroom Box Is This Tiny Apartment's Genius Solution
Batiik Studio fashions a minimalist black box that integrates the bedroom, bathroom, and storage to save space in this small...
This Prefab Backyard Pavilion Mimics a Dragonfly's Wings
Prefabricated architecture can get a bad rap for being boring and boxy—not so for this sculptural backyard pavilion.
No Trailer, No Problem—This Cozy Teardrop Is For Rent
The Bay Area's Camp Weathered allows guests to rent a well-appointed teardrop trailer for the ultimate glamping experience.
A Photographer Couple's Airstream Renovation Lets Them Take Their Business on the Road
With no prior experience, Brandon and Gabi Fox turn a 1972 Airstream Overlander into a mobile live/work office for their wedding...
Airstream's Basecamp Is a Lightweight Trailer Stuffed With Smart Travel Solutions
Tackle new terrain with the lightest Airstream travel trailer yet.
Writers Work in Mobile Studios at This Incredible Residency in Massachusetts
Inspired by literary greats from the Berkshires, five mobile studios comprise The Mastheads, a progressive writers' residency...
These Tiny, Modular Homes Are Made of Concrete Water Pipes
Feeling the squeeze from Hong Kong's affordable housing crisis, one architect turns to a surprising new micro-housing solution.
The L.A. Home of Song Exploder’s Hrishikesh Hirway Is Barely Larger Than a Music Box
The podcaster and his wife get creative to compress their work lives into a compact home.
Can Compact Laneway Houses Like This One in Canada Transform Inner-City Neighborhoods?
Billed as an "urban cabin," the laneway housing concept is a smart, affordable way to add density and preserve historic sites.
A Couple Transform a Vintage Airstream Into a Scandinavian-Inspired Tiny Home
An ambitious couple's DIY overhaul of a decrepit 1971 Airstream Sovereign—purchased for less than $5,000—creates an airy retreat...
A London Couple's Backyard Studio Is Clad in Sustainable Cork
A musician-and-seamstress couple commission a shared workspace in their elegant garden.
An Ingenious Gold Island Transforms an Industrial Apartment in Paris
Completed for about $120,000, a custom aluminum insertion reinvents a loft in a 1920s industrial building by adding privacy...
Dwell’s Top 10 Small Spaces of 2017
Small but mighty, these compact dwellings prove that limited square footage doesn't preclude great design.
A 290-Square-Foot Apartment in São Paulo Takes Advantage of Every Inch
A perforated concrete wall and a raised Formica platform are used to maximize limited floor space in a tiny São Paulo studio.
Stressed Out? Sweden’s 72 Hour Cabins Are Designed to Soothe
The studies are in—these five charming glass cabins in Sweden might have what it takes to help you decompress.

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