Four Designers Convert Small Homes Into Diamonds in the Rough

Style doesn't have to take up a lot of space -- which is a good thing considering a New York apartment, an Austin house, a New York studio and a Miami loft all have less than 1,000 square feet.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe living room is shared space that also houses an office and a bedroom. The wardrobe often gets mistaken as an entertainment center. The classic space-saving futon couch converts to a bed once friends leave.
Not everything is big in Texas. This 978-square-foot, two-floor Austin abode is part house, part sculpture. Rick Black is the architect who designed the house. He incorporated a second-story porch, which he and his wife, Cindy, use as their second living room. He was extra generous with the size of the bathroom—leaving enough width for two to pass through. They use the downstairs as their entertaining area and the upstairs as their master bedroom suite. The Blacks encourage people to go as small as possible in their home design and love the cozy feel of their substandard home size.