13 Small Spaces That Live Large

Can't get enough of tiny homes or small space design? The 2015 HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Small Spaces That Live Large Category has got you covered with everything from stylish tiny homes to an Airstream trailer and even a floating home!

Small Home With Gray Siding and Metal Roof

Small Low Country Cottage With Farmhouse Feel

Designer Lisa Furey's challenge was to design and build a 690-square-foot low country cottage that would include a kitchen, laundry area, bedroom and workspace as well as outdoor space. Board and batten siding, a standing seam metal roof and board and batten composite shutters — all weather-proof choices — give the exterior a farmhouse feel.

Photo by: John McManus

John McManus

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Designer Lisa Furey's challenge for the home above was to design and build a 690-square-foot low-country cottage that would include a kitchen, laundry area, bedroom and workspace as well as outdoor space. Board and batten siding, a standing seam metal roof and board and batten composite shutters — all weather-proof choices — give the exterior a farmhouse feel.

Modern Floating Home With White & Blue Metal Siding

Modern Floating House: View From the Water

The top floor with the public areas (living room, kitchen and dining room) is sheathed in white metal siding. The private areas of the house (bedrooms) are sheathed in blue metal siding. The roof shape is reminiscent of sails on a sailing ship, spiky clouds or even icebergs to some.

Photo by: Matthew Millman

Matthew Millman

The top floor of this floating home designed by Robert Nebolon includes the public areas of the home (living room, kitchen and dining room) and is sheathed in a white metal siding. The lower-level bedrooms are sheathed in a blue metal siding, and the roof shape is reminiscent of sails on a ship.

Small Eclectic Home Exterior With Colorful Stair Risers

Tiny, Colorful Eclectic House in Texas

This tiny house is 370 square feet. Kim Lewis Designs painted the stair risers leading up to the trailer to create a whimsical, eclectic vibe!

Photo by: Molly Winters Photography

Molly Winters Photography

This 370-square-foot Texas home created in an old trailer is designed to embrace outdoor entertaining. Kim Lewis selected fun colors and whimsical accents to completely transform the trailer.

Calm, Coastal Living Room

Calm, Coastal Living Room

Instead of buying all-new furniture to create a calm coastal environment in her living room, designer Lori Rourk transformed her existing furniture. "All of this furniture in its existing state was very dark and gloomy. I loved the lines of all of these pieces, so instead of buying new, I would recreate my vision to be light and airy," Rourk says.

Photo by: Lori Rourk

Lori Rourk

Designer Lori Rourk recovered existing furniture that was previously dark and drab and repositioned a bed (just out of site to the right of the sofa) to create a comfortable, coastal vibe in this tiny studio space.

Gray Banquette and Table in Trailer

Gray Banquette and Floral Curtains in Avion Trailer

A wraparound bench cozies up to this trailer's stately wood dining table and takes full advantage of windows on all sides. The floral curtains add graphic punch and a subtle pop of color.

Photo by: William C Johnson Architect

William C Johnson Architect

William C. Johnson proves you can pack a lot of style in a tiny Airstream trailer. In addition to this chic banquette, this Airstream includes a mini kitchen with refrigerator, two sleeping bays and a bathroom, all designed with the same pleasing, neutral patterns and finishes.

Exterior Black and White Cottage

Exterior View of Cottage With White Trim and Full Length Windows

An exterior shot of this tiny slice of paradise showcases the floor-to-ceiling windows and the front door trimmed in white. Semicircular planted areas feature short shrubs that add appeal without taking over the exterior of the house. The black paint is a bold finish against the lush, natural surroundings.

Photo by: codyulrich.com


Paige Morse packed a complete living space -- kitchen, bed, bathroom and lounging area -- into this tiny cabin. Black siding trimmed in white make the building pop against the natural background.

Wooden Geometric Home

Wooden Geometric Home

This 600-square-foot house explores a geometric solution to create luxury with a minimum footprint. Through light and shapes, Bates Masi + Architects was able to expand the perception of space.

Photo by: Bates Masi + Architects

Bates Masi + Architects

This 600-square-foot house explores a geometric solution to create luxury with a minimum footprint. Through light and shapes, Bates Masi + Architects expanded the perception of space.

Neutral Modern Living Room With Wall of White Built-Ins

Living Room With Built-In Storage and Workspace

A clever wall of built-ins conceals a workspace, dining room table, musical instruments and the door to the master suite.

Photo by: Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

Having a small home does not mean having to sacrifice space or add clutter. Jordan Parnass created a clever wall of built-ins in this home, which conceal a workspace, dining room table, musical instruments and the door to the master suite.

Small Southwestern Living Area

Small Southwestern Living Area

This petite living space mixes rustic and Southwestern styles for a feel that's warm and inviting. Decorative lath wall panels clad the exterior wall where barn doors once hung. Those same doors have been repurposed to slide over the large living room window when privacy is desired.

Photo by: David Lauer

David Lauer

This small, rustic living space from Jonas DiCaprio once served as a blacksmith's shop. The home now features midcentury cabinets, repurposed barn doors, and a hay loft that's seeing new life as a bedroom.

Backyard Studio With Metal Tiles

Backyard Studio Office With Metal Tiles

A combination of materials was used to finish out this modular studio: Acid-hued metal tiles complement the darkened wood grain. The deck's wood is reused in the soffit to create a cohesive aesthetic.

Photo by: Blake Gordon

Blake Gordon

This backyard studio office from Mike Speciale and Kimber Reed packs enough function both inside the building and surrounding it to feel like a fully-fledged work and meeting space.

Small Cottage With White Siding, Gray Roof and Black Trim

Front Facade of Charming White Cottage

The interior of this home was designed to feel like a re-creation of a darling bungalow in Napa Valley, Calif. A white, gray and black color palette is a perfect choice for the outside of the home to brighten, enlarge and homogenize its external elements.

Photo by: Christopher Stark

Christopher Stark

Designed to invoke the look of Napa Valley, Calif. bungalows, this small home designed by Lindsay Chambers packs a lot of style with clever space-planning and a cohesive color palette.

Wood Cabin With Screened Porch at Dusk

Screened Cabin Porch Creates Indoor-Outdoor Feel

With a fully screened porch, this cabin allows homeowners the pleasantries of being indoors with the feel of being outdoors. Warm lighting illuminates the home at night.

Photo by: Steve Niedorf

Steve Niedorf

This tiny cabin, designed by Dan Dobrowolski and Kelly Davis, is small enough to meet the size requirements of a luxury RV. It makes the most of its 400 square feet and includes a screened porch.

Staircase-Shaped Kitchenette Based on Tansu Chest

White Tansu-Inspired Staircase-Shaped Kitchenette

This brilliantly designed kitchenette, based on a traditional Japanese Tansu chest, contains all the essentials: sink, disposal, convection microwave, refrigerator and pantry shelves. Its staircase shape also adds display potential for artwork and accessories.

Photo by: Kevin Keim

Kevin Keim

This Asian-themed small white home from Kevin Keim and Adam Gates includes a sleeping loft, a Murphy-style dining table, and a stair-stepped kitchenette modeled after a Japanese Tansu chest.

Don't forget to take a closer look at each of these spaces and then vote for your favorite at the 2015 HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Small Spaces That Live Large Category.

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