Sculpting a Small Space

A great find in a desirable urban neighborhood often requires the sculpting of a small space into a home. Join the growing number of urban pioneers who find that creative persistence pays off.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBy grouping items according to size and setting the shelves accordingly, this couple used every inch of space.
Big ideas can expand any space. Meet an artist who has sculpted the perfect small space; visit an innovative studio in New York; see the science of storage in San Diego and discover a house that opens with the push of a button.

Stacking Up
David and Im Schafer downsized from 1,300 square feet to only 400. The downsizing was worth it. The Merrimac is a celebrated warehouse renovation in downtown San Diego. With its industrial height ceilings, it became clear that vertical was the secret password to harmonious cohabitation. He's an avid collector and she's an avid organizer: together they have found the perfect balance of form and function.

When planning the kitchen, the Schafers measured every item they use in the kitchen. They drew meticulous plans via computer program and created the ultimate customized shelving for glasses, plates, silverware and miscellaneous kitchen gadgets. The chairs on the wall are another story; they claim it was a late night epiphany. Actually finding some cables and hooks on hand was serendipity.