Unique and Untraditional Small Spaces

Unique storage solutions and untraditional design approaches make four small spaces seem much grander.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionLight pours in from north- and south-facing windows, giving the living, dining and kitchen combo a spacious and airy feel.
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David Sarti built his first home in Seattle's Judkins Park partly because he could bike to work, but primarily because he could afford the 40-by-50-foot lot. In a neighborhood where builders put six townhouses on a site that size, he built a single house much smaller than the allowable footprint. He wanted to do his part to preserve Seattle as a "city of little houses." When he first designed this efficient dwelling, it seemed like he had ample room to meet all his needs, but something happened during the year-long process—he got married. So not only did he have to reconfigure everything for his new bride, he even came up with a long-term scheme to split his office into a nursery.

Sarti's 775-square-foot home is more about vertical volume than anything else. The 14-foot ceilings in the living room, sparse furnishings, light-colored walls and honey-toned stairway and kitchen cabinetry emphasize the sense of expansiveness.