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Stone House Rooftop Apartment

Just 50 sq.m., this small fourth floor walk-up in Vaasa, Sweden is worth every step you take to get there. Comprised of one bed, one bath, an eat-in kitchen, and living room, the home’s light and volume amplify its compact size. Continue reading

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Tiny 40 sq.m. Apartment in Moscow

Can you imagine living in 40 sq. meters of living space? What is hard for most of us to visualize is beautifully illustrated in this tiny studio apartment in Moscow, designed by INT2 Architecture. Continue reading

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Tiny Apartment

It’s difficult to believe how spacious this tiny studio apartment feels. I’m certain it’s all due to the high ceilings and a wall of enormous south-facing windows in the dual purpose living room and bedroom. The thick exterior walls create deep window wells. Topped with black marble, these built-ins are perfect for display or as an impromptu desk kept cozy by the full-window width radiators. Continue reading

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The Living Cube

Living Cube is a genius and stylish solution to small spaces and storage. It was designed by Till Könneker (illDesigns), constructed by Remo Zimmerli (Holzlabor) and Darren Green (The Old Wood Co.) Born out of necessity, it is another brilliant and simple fix. Continue reading

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School Bus Converted Home

This former school bus now traveling home will quickly erase your childhood school transportation memories. Gone are the tight quarters, rambunctious children, cold hard metal, and slippery vinyl upholstery. This 35 feet in length 1978 bus conversion, oozes day light, charm, and comfort. Fully insulated and with a cast iron wood burning stove, it has proven its warmth in the winters in the Colorado Rockies, Washington, Oregon, and New Mexico. Continue reading

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Attic Apartment

I dream of renovating a top floor apartment tucked under dramatically sloped metal-sheathed roofs. On the southwest coast of Sweden, this small – less than 100 sq.m. – attic home is brilliant with inspiration. When they made the purchase, the owners were impressed with the potential of the sixth floor space though not its current execution. Of course, there is nothing like removing all of the interior walls to achieve a true sense of design freedom. Additional roof framing picks up where the former walls left off. Continue reading

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Ganna Home and Studio

The compact 53sq. m. home and work space of Ganna Studio is located in an historic home in Taipei. Formerly a village for military dependents, the designers maintained the structure and infused it with new life and light. Continue reading

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garage transformed into a tiny house

It’s amazing how much life you can breathe in to 41 sq.m. A former garage in Bordeaux, France, reinforces the fact that one can live very comfortably in compact sizes. Of course that quality of life depends on thoughtful design. Just wait and see what the architect, Matthieu de Marien, envisioned and created in this amazing project. Continue reading

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Freedomky Model S

Designed by Czech Republic-based Freedomky, this small prefabricated home for one is a delight on so many levels. Compact in size, just 22 sq.m., Model S is a real charmer in style and efficiency. A pair of glass sliders center over the remarkably spacious feeling open kitchen, living, dining area. I’m certain it’s the day light and the cohesive materials, namely wood with a subtle shine, which make it so. The lack of ornate details also expands the space. Continue reading

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DG Residence

Many of us have lived in small, fractional apartments that haven’t been designed with the best of intentions. Such was the case for this family in Moscow, Russia. The inventive team at Int2architecture took on the task of redesigning this diminutive apartment with the intent to create vital additional space by thinking outside the box, literally… Continue reading