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Collection by Jordan Plaut

Smart Small Spaces

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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.

The studio’s redwood siding was milled from trees salvaged from a road-widening project in Sonoma County, California.…
Living small means evaluating what you really need. "Think about what you need rather than what your friends have,"…
The kitchen was originally long, narrow, and completely closed off from the rest of the apartment. Miller opened up the…
A drop ceiling defines kitchen and dining area and also provides storage. "It’s the basement we never had, hidden right…
"Architecture helps influence the mood and set the scene," architect Jon Handley of Pulltab Design says. That mindset…
Architect Christi Azevedo, along with homeowners Lorena Siminovich and Esteban Kerner, transformed this…
The budget was nearly as tight as the space in this cheerful renovation of a 516-square-foot flat in Bratislava. The…
Eazy side chairs by Whiteonwhite line one side of the custom-designed table by LOT-EK. Castore suspension lights by…
A series of levels gives the house a sense of separation between the main rooms.
Shibata made the 10-person dining table using $130 sawhorse legs from Maruki Wood Products Company topped with a sheet…
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