Pint-Sized Palaces

Take a tour of four tiny but unique homes from Miami modern to Old World Tuscan, and from a colorful DC apartment to a white Manhattan high-rise.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionFreeman's living room has all the amenities but they're hidden away. The lower drawer of this built-in entertainment unit houses CDs and DVDs and the DVD player is secured to a flip-down panel.
Belmont Freeman is an architect who believes less is more and certainly lives by that belief. Just take one look at his minimal, 22nd-floor apartment overlooking the Hudson River. Built-in secret storage, recessed speakers, paneled appliances, clean white walls and unbroken terrazzo flooring all work together to create a streamlined, uncluttered space. The result is a flowing, airy studio that creates an illusion of spaciousness in what used to be a cramped Manhattan apartment.

Speakers are built into the walls. Technology is one of the best ways to save space. A sofa will always be large, but TVs, computers and other electronics are becoming flatter and more compact.