Small Spaces

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.

Prefab Pods Create a Super-Efficient Floating Apartment That Shape-Shifts at Sea
Prefab Pods Create a Super-Efficient Floating Apartment That Shape-Shifts at Sea
Michael K. Chen Architecture channels Le Corbusier vibes into a modular and multifunctional holiday home aboard the world’s largest residential yacht.
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A Century-Old Hilltop Bungalow in Los Angeles Seeks $800K After a Delightful Renovation
This one-bedroom home offers classic tongue-and-groove ceilings, beveled subway tile, and built-in cherry cabinetry.
This Backyard Granny Flat Is Filled With Clever Storage and Natural Light
Webster Wilson designs a cedar-wrapped ADU in Portland, Oregon, for a grandmother and her visiting grandchildren.
7 ADUs You Can Buy Right Now for Less Than $100,000
7 ADUs You Can Buy Right Now for Less Than $100,000
Whether you need a guesthouse for Grandma or additional rental income, these ADUs starting at $26,000 provide extra space and flexibility.
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These Chic Apartments in Hong Kong Will Actually Make You Want to Live Where You Work
Setting a new precedent for live/work concepts, Bizhouse’s serviced apartments promote productivity and relaxation.
A Serene, Charred-Wood Library Punctuates a 17th-Century Home in England
Topped with a green roof, a minimalist library opens seamlessly to a garden oasis.
Budget Breakdown: A Neglected Garage Becomes a Library Loft for $69K
Storyn Studio converts a 400-square-foot garage in St. Petersburg, Florida, into a library and guest room.
Why Now, More Than Ever, the ADU Is the Future of Home
Whether it serves as an investment, backyard office, or intergenerational housing, the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) has never made more sense.
A $185K Prefab Guesthouse Pops Up on a Tricky Hollywood Hillside
L.A.-based prefab company Cover rises above steep terrain to deliver a custom office/guesthouse without breaking the bank.
This Curvaceous Timber and Earth Cabin Blends Into a Japanese Forest
Japanese architect Tono Mirai—a pioneer of “earth architecture”—works with master artisans to craft a holiday retreat for a family from Tokyo.
Budget Breakdown: An Art Studio Is Transformed Into a Lush Garden Home for $24K
Budget Breakdown: An Art Studio Is Transformed Into a Lush Garden Home for $24K
A young couple looking for a small live/work space give Delavegacanolasso freedom to design their dream home.
- 4 months ago
Bookshelves Conceal Hidden Rooms in This Secret-Filled Backyard Studio
Harrison Design creates a dreamy work studio for screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan’s home in Arlington, Virginia.
A 1980s School Bus Becomes a Tiny Home With Scandinavian Vibes for a Family of Five
Graphic designer Matthew Welsh Weinberger took inspiration from Scandinavian design to craft an unconventional family home on wheels.
This Minimalist, Circular Prefab Takes Glamping to the Next Level
The LumiPod offers an outdoor experience with the comfort of a high-end hotel room.
Two Brothers Build a Woody, Hexagonal Studio in the Forest
The studio, a dream getaway for a busy mother and doula, is set in the woods of British Columbia.
An Old Stone Wall Props Up an Experimental Micro-Flat in Spain
The 323-square-foot apartment updates cave typology with bold colors and multifunctional spaces.
This Beguiling Guesthouse in Belgium Has an Underground Cinema and a Watchtower
Crafted with layered wood and clad in Cor-Ten steel, a film lover’s backyard retreat offers a series of surprises.
A Ballet Dancer’s Tiny Barbican Studio Has a Choreographed Routine of Its Own
With a budget of $13K, Intervention Architecture revamped a 388-square-foot flat into an airy home/ballet studio with shape-shifting furniture.
19 Micro-Apartments Finessed to Feel Larger Than Just 500 Square Feet
Out-of-the-box solutions make these tiny apartments feel grander—despite being 500 square feet or less.
A Snug Garden Studio Makes Room for a New Zealand Family’s Growing Sons
A translucent pergola shades this 183-square-foot studio made from hardy OSB.
Wild California Meets Manicured Japan in This Family’s Backyard Garden Oasis
A couple transform their backyard into a botanical children’s playland and an ideal entertaining spot.
A Porch in Italy Is Reborn as a Tiny Cabin With Eye-Popping Interiors
Drawing from Persian design, Francesca Perani Enterprise creates an urban hideaway with budget-conscious materials like OSB and printed floor tile.
7 Smart ADU and Additions That Cost as Little as $18K
From a shingled studio in Minneapolis to a two-bedroom guesthouse in L.A., these backyard projects are something to emulate.
A Darling Little Edwardian Studio Seeks $595K in San Francisco
Nestled on the border of the Upper Haight and Cole Valley, the petite abode offers 434 square feet of well-designed space.
This Shady Oasis Is a Garden, Garage, and Office All Rolled Into One
In a leafy Boston suburb, a place to park cars and repair vintage scooters grows into a bucolic sanctuary.
Before & After: A Family of Five Thrives in This Ingenious, 366-Square-Foot Apartment in Shanghai
Three generations live harmoniously in this teensy pad thanks to hardworking storage, flexible furniture, and a zigzagging layout.
A London Family Makes the Most of Their Garden With a Clever, Kit-of-Parts Shed
Built using eco-friendly, flat-pack materials on a tight budget, this avocado-green pavilion gives one family more room to grow.
An Affordable Addition Doubles the Amount of Floor Space in This Madrid Apartment
A new mezzanine cleverly divides the ground floor of this apartment into a double-height living area and a music studio for less than $40k.
Before & After: This Hip Parisian Apartment Makes the Most of 193 Square Feet
Hoch Studio turns a dingy, cramped apartment into a sunny sanctuary with a winning personality.
A Compact House in Japan Is Defined by Dynamic Arches and Lush Courtyards
Arbol Design creates a tiny house in Osaka with a cantilevered front facade that appears to float above a garden floor.