Mini and Marvelous Places

Style doesn't need to take up floor space. Innovative homeowners incorporate design elements that expand the limitations of their square footage.

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The "miniHome"
Architect Andy Thompson has been exploring just how small a person can live without feeling that he is making ridiculous sacrifices. His prototype for the "miniHome" is an ecological design that is affordable for anyone. It combines resource-saving features like solar power and a composting toilet with luxury items like a full soaker tub in a cedar bathroom. It's ultimately designed to feel like home.

It's a mere 325 square feet but is packed with great style and all the modern conveniences of a typical 2,000-square-foot home. Yet, it uses just 1/10th of the energy. When people walk through the miniHome, they often guess that it is 550 square feet — which just goes to show that good design in a small space can make it feel double the size!