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Houzz TV: Fun Family Living in 980 Square Feet

Despite designing Texas-size homes (often topping 15,000 square feet), designer-builders Mark Schatz and his wife, Anne Eamon, are used to living in smaller homes. For 14 years they lived in a 700-square-foot house that they designed and built by hand. Now they and their two young daughters live in a 980-square-foot home that they also designed and built.

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Shakeela
Love it!
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kara vosk
So very well done, and as beautiful inside as out. Love this!
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Sasha Endemann
Idyllic. Again, such a sterling example of beautifully optimised space.
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Tile-Stones
This is gorgeous! I love the use of windows and the dual-use drawers. Amazing; simply amazing.
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Patricia Pelgrims
What a clever and charming home. This family's humility and creativity is to be admired.
It is so easy for an architect and designer to go all out and live in some house that is a sprawling massive showstopper, yet this couple chose to do the opposite.
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Benjamin
Awesome. I still don't understand why people are so surprise that families can live and raise children in small houses. Houses in our neighboorhood averages 1,200 sqft. BTW, those Iittala birds are freaking EXPENSIVE!
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Liz K
I'm deeply in love with the house, and thinking of ways to incorporate this aesthetic into my own townhouse.
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missfifi
This is impressive though it may not suit everyone. I especially like that they raised the house so as not to interfere with the tree roots and that hilly yard for the kids is fun.
He may be anti-garage, but in NJ, I am happy to have one when there are nasty winter days. :)
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sphinxster
Not being an architect, I would think it would be easier to design a big house than a small(ish) one. Much more space to fit in all of a client's requests. This is an incredibly clever and judicious use of the space limitations the architect placed on himself. Lovely lovely home and so livable. Congratulations!
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bigredkate
Lovely cleverly designed home. Thank you for sharing.
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housequester
I was so glad to see the second picture of the birds. At first I thought they were shoes! :-)
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Becky White
I'm in love. ♥
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Dan H.
Has an updated (and improved) Usonian home feel. Wright would have been impressed. Great work Mark and Anne!
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cloudpants
I do absolutely love it, but not sure I could sleep in it with all that light from undressed windows. Also, does anyone else think the 2nd photo could be mistaken for a public amenities building?
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Santa Cruz Design + Build
Inspiring! Thank you for sharing. I love the quote about richness in life..
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Adrienne DeRosa
The kids' room is fantastic! This home goes to show that great style can overcome the most apparent boundaries. What a solid home. Thank you for sharing, Mark Schatz and Anne Eamon!
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O Brown
Love!
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Ayres Landscapes
The interior was damn awesome and fantastic ... I love it
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jpp221
Nice, but does anyone ever sleep in houzz houses? There are never blinds on windows.
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Mart Jul
Simple, nice and excellent house !
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CJ Whiltshire
Any chance of a floor plan?
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Sharon
Beautiful and well done! I also would like to have seen a floor plan and photo of the kitchen area. As the girls grow, they will need to have a 3rd bedroom. But WOW!
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Joanne Maurer
Gorgeous home, well planned and executed. Lots of luck and love there. Added note...I grew up in a city row house with 5 of us and 1 bathroom in less than 1,000 square feet. and so do many other families all over the world. I love small spaces. I live in 280 square feet now.
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Polly Patterson
we live in a 900 square foot home in Park City Utah that needs updating to be more tight & efficient for two. Thanks for the thoughtstarters! Want to help...?
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Amy Collora Gaitan
Now this is simple living at its best!
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susanaikman
Inspiring. My home is 960 sq. ft. and the floor plan does not come close to integrating as much as this house. Bravo!
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Nhla Mahmoud
love it
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mackenzienuss
I so wish I could pull this off! I absolutely love the idea of the simpleness with great design!
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Decorative Pool Tiles
Totally livable.
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off2acre
Floor tiles on exterior are similar to what one finds in old Portugal tile houses. Is the grout also concrete? Sealed?
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Dragan Lukic
just fantastic and fully functional space usage.
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jillybeansisme
I THOUGHT I was going to not like it, but gosh was I incorrect! I really like the use of the tiles on the exterior and the windows at eye level showing that beautiful view of the trees. Small home living does not mean barest existence. It simply means less cleaning! After many years of walking on tiled concrete, I opted for softer surfaces in my next home. I did like the bookcases on tracks, although to me they were very industrial-looking and reminded me of the ones I use as a workbench in my garage. However, if a person can multi-task, why can't a home? Enjoy!
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sheilatemp
Blends in to the environment... Just like the idea behind a Japanese garden and home... With the use of large sheets of glass, natural finishes, colours...the outside and inside melt into one. Beautiful home and good use of space due to great design. Well done.
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Sauve
My sister and I grew up in a house of 825 sq ft and didn't think anything of it until I became a teenager interested in art. Suddenly I was making big messes everywhere. Thank goodness I had the parents I did. My mom was patient with me bringing out projects as long as they were stowed elsewhere than the dining table at dinner. I had a daily open session with a permanent fan base that appreciated my art and gave me critical advice. Finally my dad took pity on my sister and built me a lean-to to store my art tools and supplies in which freed her to have her own space in our shared bedroom. Our home wasn't nearly as well thought out as this one appears to be nor was it as attractive from the exterior view. I think your home is exceptional among the exceptions to larger living. It looks comfortable and accommodating. Congratulations! Nice to keep the trees too! Texas living makes one appreciate shade doesn't it?
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peach1abe
The home is absolutely beautiful, yet it has that prefab home vibe. Could you have done this home with prefab walls and saved some money?
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asingwire
Oh! This is lovely. i love it! Am thinking i should remodel my house, then i can get two units out of it!!
   
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tottazee
Thank u for inspiring me,as I have a small house on our grove,I'll re-design,wow
   
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Fariba Mahmoodian
Cosy, smart and warm.
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Good's Home Furnishings
Beautifully done, every corner and aspect of the design covered every initial question I had prior to reading the story. The closets, storage,and bathroom all were perfectly addressed to provide adequate space and love that there were no blinds on the windows. Great design and breathtaking garden and landscaping. You guys have taken scaled home design to the ultimate level of engineering and beauty. Again, GREAT JOB!!!!!! So inspiring.
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Sheila Russell Thurber
The only comment I have is: Love it all!
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winniethepooh13
Looks great, but in UK most homes are that size or smaller
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releve3830
What a sophisticated and yet a fun, warm family home!
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musab31
This house is awesome. Wishing a great life for the Schatz family in their new home.
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Shelley Anderson
We just bought about 80 acres in the middle of nowhere in Colorado. There are 2 bldgs on there. One is a cabin that needs to be finished that sits on top of a mountain and the other is a metal bldg 2 br/1 bath home - that needs help too....then we would like to build some sort of tiny home for ourselves and let our kids enjoy the other spaces...but man - we need help...big time...love looking at these ideas. we just don't know where to start or go to for help...we have one big problem...WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO!!!!! ...someone out there....help us!!!
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Linda G
I love the design, large window spaces and concept. Perhaps their home would experience much less "child stuff" clutter if they had made the children's room larger (double as play room) and their bedroom more modest; just sayin'! In many average homes (as opposed to small-scale living homes), a 14' X 15' master would be considered generous.
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Kathy Dunn
Love this house. Would also like to see a floor plan and the kitchen area.
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slidingdownbanisters
This home intrigues me. Not only are the pictures great, but like someone mentioned above, all questions were answered in the article. Very cool.
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bruggeman
I applaud this design and their use of materials that were exquisite but considered a "throwaway" by their clients. The public needs more access to the materials that are usable but are sent to landfills. I love the exterior walls; it looks very strong.
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Chris Farner
I would love to see the floor plan of this house. Is that a possibility?
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Knightsbridge Homes
Cool design and love the Swiss Army knife rationale. Funny how times have changed. The first house my wife and I owned was a typical suburban tract home built in the early 1960s. It had 3 bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast nook with 1 bathroom, and was only 980 sf. Looks like we're going back to the future.
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Susan Lawson
Love everything about the house except the lack of garage. That may work in Texas, but not in Indiana. Cars that sit out in the winters here deteriorate much faster, are hard to start, and take a while to warm up.
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fsvergara
Amazing...fell in love with the entire house.
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islandplace
what is used for bathroom walls?
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janythw
I agree with the others... and would love to see a floor plan of how it all fits together. And the actual kitchen... fridge, workspace, range, etc.
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davesmac
Wonderful! We don't need anymore than this to live a happy, healthy life. I look at the huge homes being built around the neighborhood where I live and wonder, who needs all of that space?
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Brad Nagar
Looking forward to working with you guys on the farm house. When do we get a tour?
   
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calvinhardie
Great article. I believe it's "cast-in-place" concrete though.
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georgiannaclays
I love their thought process, their standard for recycling, their willingness to roll up their sleeves and just do it. The house is a simplistic masterpiece. May peace and tranquility be with them. For me it's not having the biggest and best, but having what you feel is just right for you to feel at peace.
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otccomm
Well done! Would love to see the floor plan.
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litehearted
As always, Mr. Parker writes a good article and I enjoyed reading it. I applaud the owners thoughtfulness in minimizing waste, reusing materials and building a floating substrate so as not to disturb tree roots. I'm glad they are happy in the sweet compound they have created for themselves amongst the different lots they purchased. However, I personally cannot identify with the style of the home. It feels like a bunker to me with concrete walls, and simultaneously I find the openness unnerving -- one thing to be in cottage country, but with neighbours no doubt in close proximity, not sure that I would want to live without window coverings [even with fencing]. Not keen on how their expensive birds are displayed, I think a few in each room might show them off a bit better than the entire flock together on one wall. My favourite space is the library...it's serene and inviting, and how nice to be surrounded by trees as you read. To each their own.
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PARISI Interiors, LLC
Congratulations on a beautiful well thought out concept for a home and for your enviromental concerns.
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tangotrip
Love the house. I'm always looking for the best ways to make use of space and I'm definitely jealous of the freedom they had from being able to design everything from top to bottom. Great use of materials old and new. I respectfully disagree with the comments saying that a garage is necessary when it's cold. We lived 10 years in Montreal, Canada without a garage (but with a car!) and somehow managed it.
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drbarbara
IF IT IS SMALL, WHY MAKE IT LOOK BIG? I love seeing small homes, but why does Houzz always use camera lenses that make those spaces look huge? The children's bedroom is described as being 90 square feet. The picture makes it look twice that big. It is a waste of my time to try to imagine living in your pictures of "small spaces" when you always make them look just like bigger spaces.
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Elizabeth McGreevy
Very cool concept. Most homes are so static. I loved the one persons comment that this was more like his work area. Why should homes not be as efficient? My own kitchen serves as kitchen and location of my drafting table. I color coordinated everything so it visually blends. Why not draft in the kitchen?

As for no garage, down here in Texas we don't have to worry about long winters. All you need here is a great shade tree to park beneath. :)

I thought the comments about windows not being dressed were funny. About 10% of the people that walk into my home exclaim, "there are no curtains!". Not sure if it's a privacy issue or a thinking that windows look bakes without being dressed. lol
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cineplex27
What is the paint color/company for the chartreuse in the children's bedroom?
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Elizabeth McGreevy
I did thoroughly enjoy the fact that you are living small and efficient with two daughters. However, I would like to see a follow up when they both become teenagers. The truth is, it will be up to you as parents to teach them the validity of continuing to live small. Perhaps adding a divider in their room would create some needed privacy. I believe it can be done. Fortunately, you have two girls, and not a girls dn a boy!

As for a separate play room so e people suggeseted that's ridiculous. I have a 12 year old son and I have always taught him he needs to put away toys no being used. I think play rooms enable irresponsibility. And mandate the perceived need for larger homes.
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Elizabeth McGreevy
One more thought. I loved that you reclaimed surplus materials from your wealthy clients. You said the tendency was to throw everything away. Is there a way you can set up efforts to at least take materials to places like Habitat Restore? I do that with my clients and contractors. For instance, just yesterday, my contractors took down an old chain link fence. One contractor was going to haul it to the dumpster. I sasid absolutely noy. My better contractor said (as he has learned from me) that he would list it on Craigslist for free. Within one hour, I kid you not, it was gone.
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Stone Custom Homes
Nicely done.
What is the material on the roof?
Is it a standing seam?
   
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graziathornberry
980 sq ft house
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Gerald Lorentz
Beautiful work all around. Good design and space proportions.
   
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stevedenver
This home is a dream collection of great ideas. A smaller space means you have more interaction with the people who share it. Some people who "need" huge homes may not like their cohabitants enough to be in close proximity.

@missfifi - I agree with you about garages. Additionally, I live in a transitional area, not a garden oasis. My garage opens directly onto the garage and since there is no official dining area, I've mulled over finishing the interior of the garage and installing French doors so it can become additional entertaining space. It has three skylights, since it was a carport when I bought this place and the city allowed us to enclose it without windows, since it is built right up to the limit line.
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Hesham Haggag
loved it
   
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audreyroofeh
Bravo! A question though, for a similarly-sized house and similarly-timed family: we love and plan on the bunk beds once the baby is big enough for it, but could you share your strategy for the 10 month old's sleeping quarters? (If it's co-sleeping, got it, no additional furniture for a while). Many thanks for the inspiration!
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minhph
Their house is not really small if you account the office, metal shop, ...the property occupy 3 50x100 lot....
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goatpro
I love this use of space and design. May it's a spatial thing but I think that more of this in the design and architectural world would be wonderful for Mother Earth. We have been home inspecting for 30+ years! and yes! there are many out there that are buying over 5,000sf for two people. Ridiculous! For some it it their "second" home to come to for vacation in Colorado. I would love to live in this home. AWESOME job! For those that are worried about those girls as teenagers, those young ladies will know nothing different and therefore will be adapted to usefulness of space. Thanks for sharing.
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Houseappeal Houseappeal
This house is small-scale living at its best. Not only beautiful but also excellent efficiency with space usage. The kids-room and library are awesome. I agree with Stevedenver that a smaller space means you have more interaction with the people who share it. My husband and I currently live in a 1-bedroom apartment with our kids while we are hunting for a house. The small space has definately brought us closer to the kids and we spend a lot more quality time together.
I am not a big fan of wall paneling and metal bed frames and so the master bedroom does not appeal to me that much. Everything else about the house is exceptional.
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McCoy Crafts
I love the idea, but would have liked to see the core space design.
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Delora Dickey
I'm with other commenters here about zero window coverings. Unless they live in a totally crime-free location (where is that?), it would be unnerving for someone to come onto the property and be able to peer in at any given time - particularly with children. As far as the no-garage philosophy...to each his own, but we have a 10' x 12' storage shed AND a 2-car garage.

We go thru each at least once a year and keep everything organized with shelving/cabinets/drawers. Nevertheless, both are quite full. Where do they store holiday décor/tableware items? I have 1, 4-drawer dresser that holds Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter table linens. What about drills, circular saws, toolboxes, a wheelbarrow, et al? Please, Houzz, the truth...there are homeowner basics that must have a space to hold them. One would have to contract out to a 3rd party for simple repairs, or have a massive storage unit to store the family silverware, holiday décor, or extra bedding for guests. Oh, yeah...no room for extra family. Hotel Up. Really?
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Krista Krahn
I have to admit that I laugh when just under 1,000 sq. ft. is considered small. My family lived in apartments until we moved into a 900 sq. ft. house when I was in high school. The house seemed monstrous (TWO FLOORS!).

That said, the house is gorgeous.
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pippineddy
I just finished building a 675 sq ft home, so I understand and appreciate the ethic. A 13x13 ft bedroom is indeed a perfect size. In my home walls were moved an inch or two one way or the other to accommodate large pieces of furniture (sofa). As many things as possible were wall mounted to allow for easier cleaning. I used upper wall mounted mini splits for heating & cooling so I needed no space taken for the mechanical workings of the house. The west facing side of the house has minimal window space and 8 ft ceilings, but the back is all windows and the ceiling height rises to 12 ft giving an open spacious feel. All in all, careful design lead to a small house that lives much larger than its square footage! The cost of mine, ground breaking to move-in was about $165 sq ft. Custom building is indeed expensive! Small tends to increase the initial cost, but that cost is recouped over the years in lower taxes and utility bills.
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spfiles2
Love the idea of Swiss Army Knife House. Curious about how you built so small in a neighborhood. So many require minimum square footage.
I would love to see floor plan, kitchen details, core space design.
Great job!
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Thistle Beauregarde LLC
I love that this couple saved all the scraps of gorgeous materials from going to the land fill. It's wonderful to have a vision and with some planning and foresight, to be able to carry it out without much compromise. I wonder how long they stored this stuff and where! Ipe wood scraps from 7 different projects...sounds like a long time of gathering and storing ipe wood. I wonder if they spent money on a storage space or if they had the space. And if they did spend money on the storage for years, I wonder how much money they actually saved by storing it rather than buying new. Food for thought. I store building materials in my barn. But they're not for future use...I just haven't gotten around to giving them away yet!
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pippineddy
spfiles2: I chose an area where minimum square footage requirements were of a size I could afford to build.
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zette12
I loved living in a small home & hope to again. My first home was a 680 square foot two bedroom one bath. We closed in the carport to add a third bedroom & separate dinning room when my youngest was two and upped our square footage to 1020. We always seemed to have plenty of room & privacy with two teenage daughters.
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Peter
I've visited this house! It is very small but very efficient.
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Jamie Blanck
The slate on the outside was a brilliant - and beautiful - idea! Great design!
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functionista
I admire the concept and in this case the execution, for the most part. A few observations:

- I believe the recent interest in efficiently designed small spaces derives as much from a wake call to the diminished long term investment potential in most residential real estate in most places. After smoothing out the booms and busts, the average annual price appreciation on homes in the US is about 3% over many decades. The 25 years or so that preceded the housing bust beginning in 2006 was an aberration in the long sweep of history...steadily declining interest rates and a massive expansion in credit. The idea one can buy more square footage than he needs because there will be a payback at selling time made sense in 1982; not so today or for any foreseeable future as interest rates have only one way to go and that's up.

With more modest expectations regarding price appreciation, I think it is sinking in that housing is, in many respects, a depreciating asset. Maintaining long term value entails significant investment in repair, maintenance, and updating. And if your neighbors are not spending that money you'll be wasting yours trying to hold your value.

- Several folks have commented on the necessity of a garage in the lands of snow and ice. It is a necessity in the north, along with a paved driveway. Snowblowers do not work very well on gravel.

- Storage sheds are, of course, common. And where do people typically put them? At a back corner of the lot, often without a building permit and not respecting the zoning setbacks. How pleasant is that for the backdoor neighbor? In this case it appears the yard is fenced which would hide the shed...if one is going to comment on the architectural unpleasantness of garages, one should also make a point of saying efforts should be made to hide the shed for the benefit of the architectural pleasantness of one's neighbors.

- Floating the house is an open invitation to critters. If there isn't an inset "fence" under the pad that we cannot see, there will be one sooner or later. Whether it's racoons, rabbits, possums, et. al. in the north or snakes, armadillos, scorpions, burrowing owls or whatever the heck they have in this part of Texas, they will find this to be an ideal living arrangement for unwanted guests.

- "The floor is ipe wood that the couple saved from about seven houses they built." I don't know about anybody else, but with the three houses I've had built I've told the GC that I expect him and his subs to leave behind all open box finish materials and a pack of roof shingles. If my fridge water line leaked, for example, I'd want to have some spare matching ipe planks in my basement to make a repair and if a few shingles blow off at some point, it would be nice to have some spares. Is it the practice of these builders to take it all with them?

- "Schatz says he came to the conclusion over the years that the ideal operational size for a bedroom that has a queen bed, a desk, side tables and a closet is 13 feet by 13 feet."

That depends. I don't see any dressers in these pictures but I do see drawers in the closet. Most folks might need sufficient wall space for said dressers while accounting for the position of windows and doors. When you have a master bath (absent in this case), the door takes up wall space and also requires space for ingress to the bath. If one designs around some 13 x 13 ideal, one might end up cutting off his nose to spite his face. 12 x 14 or 11.5 x 14.5 might work infinitely better given other design considerations that don't involve a collectible chair.
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mtnmoira
Very nicely done and I love the openness of glass walls but...Does anyone else find it a bit disingenuous that these folks have over 1900 sf of "other" space on their adjoining lots that they use for offices, storage etc ?
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Marilyn Wilkie
We still don't realize how our "stuff" weighs us down mentally and translates into a constant sense of being stressed. This young family does. How wonderful that they figured this out early in their lives, despite dealing with clients who feel the opposite. Kudos to them. This is a wonderful family home with so much thought put into it. Those bookcases are amazing.
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darcyjo
Gorgeous home! But I'm not sure I'd consider a 15k sq ft lot with 2 houses equaling 1680 sq ft, a 900 sq ft office (shared with their firm I believe) and a 300 sq ft shop necessarily small. 1680 sq ft of living space sounds about average. Most larger houses would have their office, shop, basement, guest space etc. included in their sq ft which would equal somewhere between 1500-2500 sq ft. This way it's simply spread out over 4 buildings.
I don't know what the second home is used for currently, maybe guest space? It definitely makes sense from an ecological point of view. You don't need to heat or air condition the secondary spaces unless they're being used. It's a lovely way to go if you have a larger lot! I think it's a wonderfully done project and brilliantly thought out; would love to see the second house!
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diyer59
Very impressed! Looks much bigger and the use of space is intelligent.
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betsyglass
please, pretty please let me know when you might be in the Philadelphia area -- would love to have something similar for our family and doggies -- like the library too
   
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releve3830
I actually find that they have the 3 lots with storage, offices, etc. ingenuous. It's a smart investment, ecologically sound, and if they wish, as their lives and situations change, they have 2 lots they can sell or rent. I think they are very wise.
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Rosanne
Pippineddy, would love to see your floor plan :)
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ajsalt
What a wonderful use of space! So efficient and attractive. I love that the owners gave much consideration to the root structure of the trees.
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ebflat4
Beautiful, I'd move there in a minute, providing I too could have another building for my office, and probably a third for my music studio. And a bike shed.
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7tracey
Ha ha, they'd be pro garage if they lived through Michigan winters! Love love love the slate tile cladding on the outside. I didn't know this could be done. Lovely home that lives large.
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Lindy Small Architecture
very nice! are you the same Mark Schatz from UCB? This is Lindy Small.
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Bing Shi
It is very beautiful, well done! How much did it cost without the land? Thanks!
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hetherfether
lovely. lots of planning and innovation. thanks for sharing and wishing you many happy memory-makings in it!
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cromers
Love what I've seen of this house...especially the library and master! I, too, would be interested in knowing how much this home would cost to build. Thanks!
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sailnmuffin
I agree with the other commenters who noted that a total of 3 houses plus one outbuilding for a total of 2880 sf on a 150 x 100 parcel is not exactly living small. OTOH it's difficult for a family of 4 Americans to actually live small without some kind of outbuilding(s) to use as extra storage & work space. I also agree that in many climate zones, a garage is a necessity: if you live on the coast without a garage, you discover that the salt air eats through the metal parts of uncovered bicycles and vehicles in about 3 years. But, instead of a garage, this family has 3 houses and a work studio, so presumably one of the 4 structures could be transformed into a garage if desired.

All that said, if one just focuses on the largest house featured here (#3, 980 sf), I think the design and construction choices are spot-on -- for all the reasons previous commenters have stated. But one thing that really makes this build a brilliant example for the small-home movement is that despite the parents each having careers in design & architecture, it took them 3 tries to really dial-in a comfortable, fully-functional small house with all the expected amenities. This kind of dwelling takes practice, people. You start with a tool shed or work studio to de-bug your design and gain hands-on experience with your tools and materials, and you learn as you go BEFORE you start your final project. It's like earning a 4-year college degree in home design and construction. If you're willing to invest the time to truly learn what building a COMPLETE house entails, you'll have brilliant results like this home, instead of finding yourself using a garden hose as your water supply, or having to avoid plugging in 2 electric appliances at a time, or relying upon your friendly landlord to make his toilet available to you.
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sailnmuffin
Wow, it just occurred to me: family of 4, plus 3 detached houses in the compound with a common garden area - as the kids grow into adulthood, each one might get gifted their own house, while Mom & Dad stay in the 980 sf house! THAT could be a pretty cool arrangement!
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IRON DECOR
We'll done
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Benjamin
Never mind what I said about living small, I overlooked this paragraph!

"The house sits on one of three 50-foot by 100-foot lots that Schatz and Eamon have acquired over the past 14 years. On one lot is their first house (the 700-square-footer), a 900-square-foot one-bedroom house that they turned into their office and a 300-square-foot garage that acts as their metal shop. The middle lot is a shared garden."

Like sailnmuffin said, this should be considered a 700+900+980 = 2,580 square foot house!
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mmacius
I see this house working for empty nesters. Two girls, maybe for a while(out in 5-10 yrs.). Boys? Forgetaboutit!
   
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elizabeth1719
They really aren't living in 908 sq. ft. They have all that out door space that they have the benefit from.,,
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This is gorgeous! We love how the home incorporated the outdoors while maintaining a modern aesthetic.
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d ve
The home is beautifully designed. It is a work of art. The owners may disagree with their clients' choices, but their clients are the ones that have paid for this enjoyable lifestyle.
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Bela Wood
Gorgeous! I love the no window treatment - I never use it if not necessary. But I'm not "modest" in that way. I love love love this space. Kudos!
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Patricia Pelgrims
Cuckoo ! The 900 sq footer is their studio. Their place of work. How many people do you know that go out to work, let's say in a supermarket that add the surface of said supermarket to the sq footage of their home ?
Some people are nitpicking here. We all have a tool shed or workshop that we don't add to the sq ft of our house.
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Funke Odutola
cute house
   
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Kristina
I don't have a small home but looked at this article to see if I could find some ideas to maximize the efficiency of the space I have. I think it's great that they were able to use discarded materials and design a minimalist home that still fit their needs but I didn't really get any new ideas.

I have 5 children, and need some space to be alone to unwind, so could not have raised my family in a space like this, although the family I grew up in, 9 children, had much less sq footage per person. There was no space for an office in that home until the family size was pared down. My parents, both school teachers, graded papers at the kitchen table or with homemade lap desks sitting in an easy chair in the living room. Like others, I think that the fact that they don't need office space in the home should be considered in just how efficient this space is. I guess they could put a small office in the library, but would they be able to have everything they needed in there for both of them if they didn't have their business space so close? As has been pointed out, they have space elsewhere for their office and for storage for seasonal and less used items with the other buildings on the property as well as room for guests in the smaller home. If I want them, which I do, all of these things have to be incorporated into my larger home.

Along with others who have commented, I'd like to see the kitchen. Is it workable for entertaining? When we built our home, that's something we are glad we were able to address with lots of family nearby and aging parents who were not as able to host family holiday dinners, especially as those dinners have expanded to close to 40 people for Thanksgiving. I know our situation isn't typical for most people but having that space is important to us, so another reason I could not live in a space this small. And, like every other article I've seen on small-space living, where would I put my 5' grand piano?
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spondulux
We do need to go back to the future. All those McMansions demand at least two cars per family to get to shops, schools etc. we just can't sustain that. Also, when I lived in England, they had a shop at the garbage dump where everything went that was able to be recycled. It made so much sense, and you could get lovely old windows, doors etc., there cheap. I hope they still do it.
I love my downsize (still large by European standards) where I walk to my local fish monger, cheese shop, bread and fruit shops.
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sailnmuffin
@spondulux: London's great for walking to whatever shops you need to go to - Berlin, Madrid, NYC and San Francisco too; and even parts of Seattle. Houston, Texas? Not so much. Like many US cities built/expanded post-WWII, it's all about the car & suburbs & driving for miles to get to any shop. Whether you have a McMansion or the Haney Place.
   
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Kristina
spondulux, have you heard of Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store? They sometimes have those types of items that you mentioned plus much more, whatever local builders and others donate. I haven't been in our local store, don't need to add to the stuff I have, but I've heard good things about it. I have some friends who built a vacation cabin for their now grown family to use. They saved a lot of money getting materials and furniture from there and benefited a great organization at the same time.
   
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sheetereindesign
Is one to think that you bought the unwanted and leftover materials from the owners at the jobs you've done, or did you just "take" it? Surely on an architect and designer's income wouldn't it have been more gracious and green of you two to simply donate those unwanted materials to the nearest Habitat For Humanity Restore? And what a marvelous lesson to teach your young daughters that life isn't just about ourselves, but helping out other folks less fortunate...kind of like elevating a house to protect the tree roots.
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Small is Beautiful! I live in a 800 sq. ft. house, easy to clean! it is perfect!
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toughdog
The good thing about living in a small space is less house to clean. I'd love to live in a small home but don't think I could do it in less than 1,000 square feet. I think I would have to be living in at least 1,200 sq ft up to 1,500. I consider that small. The only problem I have is how and where can I incorporate storage. Not to mention, I don't want to feel like I'm being cramped b/c of the small living. I grew up in 2,000 sq ft then later on a 2,800 sq ft home but both homes lacked the storage. So, it's always nice to read these kinds of articles to come up with creative ways to have storage. I like the idea of what this couple did but I'm not a huge fan of the style. I guess I'm the type to like high end materials and any other products that's needed.
   
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tama2step
Love the walnut plank wall in the bedroom but not the stepping stones leading from the library. I could see myself slipping off one of them. Beautiful home overall!
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Danny Richards
I hope it catches like wildfire. I started my building career with a 350 sq ft owner built for our family of 4. Happiest days of my life so far. It only gets more complicated and expensive when you have excess anything.
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Just some additional info for those of you who are wondering about our three small houses: We live in the 980 square foot one shown in the article, we lease the 700 square foot original house to a tenant, and the third house is used as our office: not our home office, but our real business offices for our staff of six. The buildings in the garden setting are individual and discrete: we do not live in all of them……-but can see how one might think that as the article didn't really delve that deeply. Aside from that, can say small scale living is really, really great…….
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sadievan
In this day and age of bigger and better, people tend to forget that in the 1950's to early 1960's houses of 800-1000 sq ft were the norm. Albeit most had basements but there were a lot out there that were on concrete slabs. Our first home was about 950 sq ft on a concrete slab. Plenty of room at the time.
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psp2pdx
Wonderful in every way. Smart, resourceful and an awareness of over consumption. People with too much money have a total disregard for recycling. Dumpster diving may be the next best thing.
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celeste_ploise
I'd love to see the floor plan
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betsyglass
seriously how do you find an architect and builder who will build on a small scale -- recently found a lot that I liked but did not push forward b/c cannot find a builder whose interest is NOT in mcmansion size homes of 2500+ square feet -- response is that they can put in an elevator or put on a second floor but not finish it -- our present home is a modified Cape Cod but economically would not make sense to reinvent (at least I do not think so) --
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jmpjmp
It strikes me as odd that architects would publicly describe some of their clients as "crazy," and imply that they are wasteful and unethical.

I liked their small house though, even though I would not personally feel comfortable in so few square feet. Lots of great ideas anybody can use.
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katej9410
I don't think it's disingenuous that they are living in a small house but have two other buildings on the property. One is used as an office - they would have to have an office off property if they didn't have one on the property. He uses his garage as a workshop. Who wouldn't want to have their work spaces on their own property rather than renting/buying elsewhere and having to commute? Houston traffic is CRAZY! The house is amazing. I am ready to move into something smaller. Our first home was 1100 sq ft and the second was even less. I can't say I ever felt cramped in either of the spaces although I would have organized one differently. Organization is key in small homes and learning to live more minimalist. Things are just things and in the long run, don't matter, in my opinion.
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heatherbelle34
This is really beautiful. I would move in straightaway! Our family of four lives in a 950 sq ft cottage with a garden shed and no garage and we get along just fine! We recently spent a couple of wonderful years living in the USA (now back home in NZ) and I do remember having friends who just had a lot of STUFF - especially holiday ornaments, seasonal stuff and acres and acres of bedding. When we have sleepovers kids are expected to bring a sleeping bag and pillow and that goes the same for all our friends, we're not the odd ones out. Still, I did come to greatly admire the American seasonal-decorating habit but I can't house that stuff so I never started collecting it!
Oh, and those iitala birds are just gorgeous. I would love just one (maybe three) of those.
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Shelley Anderson
I've been going back and forth trying to find the comment that someone asked me about where in Colorado...and I can't find it...Was it you that asked? Thank you. Shelley
   
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Jeanine Rochelle
Luv it!!! But .... Where's the kitchen?!?!?!
   
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SafitriSuju Tomlinson
very beautyful ^_^ simple !!! my favorite ,,,
   
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Sheila Russell Thurber
Shelley Anderson: goatpro mentioned Colorado.
   
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aterosin
Mitchell Parker: Nice article. Could we see the floor plan?
   
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ghos
Love it!
   
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victoran
I Think this home is amazing. Love the tree saving idea of raised home (even if critters move under).
i, too, would love to see the floor plan and more info on how the "hub" was designed and how they calculated all the outlets, electric, etc
I think anyone could live in a tiny house if it had plenty of windows and land all around. I hate curtains, drapes, and any wall covering. I'd rather just turn out the lights if I worried about people looking in. But this home is in the woods on a large amount of land. Only deer might peer in.
I love the high windows and all the light that is brought in.
   
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L Strelzow
Like stone framing of slabs
   
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clarkrobj
Intrigued by the stepping stones and surprised no one else commented on those. Homemade??? They look like 5 gal pail size.
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rhiannon960
Way too modern for my tastes, no charm or character. To each his own, I guess. The main thing is that the family living in it love the place.
   
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Naomi Mbokoh
Love it, well done.
   
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Jeri Lavitt
beautiful. and it shows
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elli1209
brilliant!
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llrandolph
Love it all!
Great use of space w/high ceilings and lots of glass contributing to a spacious feel. Thank you for posting an exceptionally well-done use of space and materials!
One question: is the high wooden fence louvered or is it a good-neighbor style w/narrow wood strips over the gaps between the wider boards? We have been looking for a solution to a privacy issue around our tub. Yours appears to allow a little bit of view up & out, with no view in? We also would like to allow some air passage. We live in Virginia in an area subject to hurricanes.
Thank you for any info you can share. Laurie
   
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Beautiful in every detail, congratulations!
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karmakshanti
Could you possibly give the dimensions, including usable height, of the service box?
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hidesertkath
This is a lovely house. When we were raising our 3 children, our house was 980 square feet with one bath. We thought nothing of it as everyone else had the same type of house. It was not a big deal.
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vikranthpal
The design is brilliant … could you please post the plan, I could not make out the bedroom position
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Kristina
clarkrobj, I remember a comment on the stepping stones, which I agree with. I don't care for them. I'd rather not have to watch my footing so closely when stepping out of my house. But, to each his own.
   
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Jayesh Bari
great home in small space .
   
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Jayesh Bari
inspiration for new home construction
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Cool
   
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Robert Lavoie
thanks for including some construction pictures on the additional section. Did i miss how the house is heated? I can imagine that the concrete helps cool in the summer but i assume you need some heat in the winter and those floors if not heated would be cold on the feet.
   
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pam4003
People are funny, the need to pick things apart or discredit somebody just shows how negative you are. I think most of the readers probably understood that they used the 2nd place as their business office. That doesn't count as living space to most! As for garages in winter I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba and have never parked in one winter or summer. Even in -51 my car starts you just have to be prepared! This is a really wonderful home although I will say I would have loved to see the kitchen too!
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functionista
The kitchen is partially visible in the 3rd. picture on the right wall. You can see the range on the far end and the dishwasher front. Since you cannot see any kitchen in the later photo shot from the opposite direction, what you're looking at here is about a 10' galley-style kitchen.
   
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sailnmuffin
People who work from home (architects, designers, lawyers, massage therapists, psychologists, etc.) often use a spare bedroom or outbuilding as their office - even when they have employees. It may be classified as "non-living space" for income tax purposes due to its current use, but it is included in the total dwelling space for real estate sales and property tax purposes. These folks' office is on the same parcel as their main house, they say they used it as a home before building a third structure (so we can assume it has full electricity and plumbing i.e. toilet, etc.), and presumably they use their current office most every day. Just because it is detached from your main building does not necessarily exclude it from consideration in total living space. OTOH certain attached spaces (attics, basements) are not classified as living spaces,
---> especially if they are not wired and plumbed for bathrooms & bedrooms,
   
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sailnmuffin
...so what you include in an analysis of total square footage of living space is a slightly flabby concept. I prefer to include the office space here, because it was built as a house, it's on the same parcel of the land they own as what is now their main house, and they use it regularly. The same would go for the work-studio building if it turns out it too is fully wired and plumbed, because that would make it much more of a living space than the average garage or tool shed. Just because you split the total space you're using into 3 detached structures does not by itself mean you've reduced your footprint and are suddenly living small. It was because the article was touting small and economical living, while showcasing multiple structures on a combined 3 parcels in an urban area, that makes this an issue. That's not being negative - I've said all along that house #3 is an excellent build - but I'm pointing out that the narrative of the article does not fit this family's actual circumstances.
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dersenstone
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Patricia Pelgrims
No sailnmuffin. You make it an issue. Tssk
The owner has come on here and said that they use one of the buildings as a business space where at least 6 people of staff work.
The house they previously lived in is rented out to a tenant. Still want to add that to the sq ftage of their own living quarters ?
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Kristina
Patricia Pelgrims, while it is true that their office is a place of business with employees, the fact that it is right there means that they don't need to include office space in their home. Since I need space for a personal office in my home where I have my computer, pay bills and store personal and business files, I take that into consideration in looking at this home. And, as sailmuffin pointed out, they have a studio building which likely has more amenities than does the shed in my backyard. I've put my sewing/craft area into my laundry room, which has to be bigger to have the space to work since I am doing more than just washing and drying clothes. So I take that into consideration as well. My husband's tools are stored in the garage and in a storage room under the garage, although that isn't included in the sq footage of my home, the lack of a garage on the property is also something I consider. Now for those who don't feel they need those kinds of spaces, just looking at the one structure where they live and raise their family is sufficient and this space would fit their needs. But for someone who does want or need those amenities, the other buildings have to be considered as usable space.
   
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Kristina
Functionista, thanks for pointing out where the kitchen is. While it is small, I think I can see how functional it is. While it wouldn't work for how I often use my kitchen, I could see myself being happy using it for every day cooking.
   
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Patricia Pelgrims
krismort.
What if they rented their business place 100 yards from their home, would that make a difference ?
You have a home office, I know more people that don't than people who do. For an awfull lot a laptop and a kitchen table (even a kitchen cabinet for files) is sufficient for home admin.
"They have a studio building which likely has more amenities than ...." Maybe. We don't know as it wasn't said in the article. In any case it is presumptious to think it has more amenities than any other studio/shed.

At the end of the day they do live in a compact house. They have no large hallways or foyers, they have a familyroom/kitchen all in a small sq footage. They have no basement, etc etc. No need for an ostentatious drawing room and whatnot.
For me it is simple : credit where credit is due and in this case this family and their modest but well thought out home deserve a place on this site.

That's all I'm going to say on the matter. We're probably never going to agree on this anyway. ;-)
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Kristina
Patricia Pelgrims, my home office is used for more than just our "home admin" space. As I mentioned, business files are also stored there. We could just as easily do our business computing and such with a laptop at the kitchen table but need more filing space than a kitchen cabinet. Plus all of my kitchen space is used for, well, the kitchen. We also put a "homework" table in the office for when some children needed a quiet space away from the distractions of the rest of the family. (We raised 5 children in our home and live in an area where we also put up guests who are bringing or visiting their children who attend one of the 2 universities in our county, or several other schools nearby.) We also have bookcases in the office, as well as other places in the house, which is something that they also see as important as there is library space in the home. The creativity of the way they've maximized their book space is admirable. I wish I'd thought of something like that when I was designing my home but I'm not seeing a way I could integrate that into my home as it is now. But that home office is something we, and many other people, need so that's something I and others look at and would consider in the personal functionality of this home and its nearby buildings.

I was wrong in saying that they have a studio. In looking back over it I realize that was taken from another comment, not the article itself. A "studio" implies a much different space than what they are using and it shouldn't have been called that. They do have a garage that they use as a metal shop so that's the creative space that I would need and would be similar to the space where my husband keeps his tools, so not included in the sq footage. But it is included in my consideration of whether this home would be workable for me, personally. Plus I kind of like not having to scrape ice and snow off my windshield all winter so repurposing the garage is not an option I'm willing to take, even though I know that is an option many do choose in order to have something they would not otherwise be able to have.

This space is well thought out for their needs, and does deserve to be seen here. Their learning from previous projects what they really needed and wanted in their home and how to best go about getting that is part of what does make this home so efficient and noteworthy. My home is nice but I don't know that anyone would call it ostentatious. In designing the floor plan, I took into account what I liked and didn't like in other homes we've lived in, just as they did, and there are still minor things I kind of wish I'd done differently. So I do appreciate the thought and work that went into this space. I also have no hallways and just a small entryway on the main level in my home, as well as an all-in-one kitchen/family/dining room so I also appreciate putting the space to its best use. The hallways in our basement are minimal but necessary both as weight bearing walls and to put in the number of bedrooms and other areas we wanted for our large family, as well as extended family. I just don't think it's right to claim that someone is making an "issue" when they are pointing out things that were kind of glossed over in the article. Those are points that make a difference in how well some who are looking at this and considering cutting back on their space would be able to be comfortable in a home like this, especially without having those other buildings available which fill some of those needs I've mentioned.
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susanaikman
Enough already! Please give me a break.
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Bing Shi
Please tell us how much did it cost.. It is all about cost, beauty and efficiency (long term cost). Thanks
   
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msaringer
Nice place. But it's quite a stretch to say that Texas homes "often" exceed 15,000 square feet!
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Kristina
I think they're just referring to some of the homes these homeowners design and build for clients.
   
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evelynlhunt
LOVE every concept - thanks for sharing. Where did you find the sofa?
   
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Bing Shi
They do not answer questions, disappointed.
   
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We have an entire line of furniture dedicated to small spaces. Check it out!
http://www.savvyhomestore.com/small
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Robin
It's nice that there was no waste and that this family can live in a small space. HOWEVER, whether it's a big home small home built by the owner or not, each home is special. If anything, this couple is very fortunate that they have the time they can put into their own home.
   
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rupert2002
I thought it was the best small house that I have ever seen! First house was 3000 sq ft,
Now 2200 sq ft., I think I would prefer smaller next time around. But the key is efficiency! They custom designed and built and had the luxury of doing it themselves and getting a lot of materials free. The average person would spend a lot of money creating this. You don't find small homes with spacious and functional spaces already built. Loved it!
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stephfarahtoo
I moved from a 3250sf home with 5br and 4 full bathrooms to an 876sf home with 2br and 1 bath. I love my space.
I love the home highlighted and would love to build a modern home like that one.
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Sandy Ford
Firstly, loved the house, but no point asking what they paid for it unless you have access to all the leftover building materials they did. That had to be worth thousands upon thousands. Second, if you have lived thru a Texas summer, and had your rear view mirror fall off because it was so hot, or burned your butt on the seat, not to mention have a car totaled from one of our CRAZY hailstorms, you would NOT think a garage was a waste! And last, people, have you never heard of duettes? Having lived in contemporary houses where I don't want the windows covered, they are made by hunter douglas, and when closed are about and inch thick at the top of your window. They can also be blackout style, so sleep is not a problem and view not compromised. All in all a great project!
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Bing Shi
I live in Fort Worth for years. I know the heat here. I love the house and think I may build one in my far backyard by my pond. But if the cost is over $500/sqft, it is not worth it.
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Nancy Cooper
this is fantastic, especially that you did it inTexas. Even with the popularity of The Not So Big House, and Pattern Language, developers and home seekers are still going for Big for the Buck, and it drives me crazy. even on Houzz, when I look for ideas for small rooms, what some people call small is still huge.
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somedaybytheocean
For this reader, a visual confection, delightful in every way, utterly pleasing, clever, and endearing. How lovely! And to this: "The couple floated the home off the ground to protect the root structure of the trees," I can only say, bless you.
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Genevieve Couture-Martel
Love it!
   
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Margaret Wilbur
i am grateful to every person who chooses to live small and grateful to Houzz for increasingly focusing on small living. This home is truly a testament to beauty in functionality.
We are an easily "brain-washed" species as humans - we tend to aspire to what we are shown repeatedly. When megahouses are featured repeatedly, people think that's what they need/want. Houses like this one change the paradigm and i believe our world and its people need that change for our survival.
I would love to see more of this. Thank you.
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Lloyd Lau
Any sensible ppl would give up their three four thousand sqf house to live in this.
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Kristina
Lloyd Lau, that depends entirely on the sensible person's situation. There was a time I'd have been happy in something this small but my family has gotten way too big for something like this. Granted, there are some who live in a space that you or I can't see justification for but many likely have their own reasons for wanting that space which you might not understand and, frankly, is none of your business. Don't judge.
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Amy
Fantastic. We all need to think more about how much 'space' we really need. There's what we need, and what we waste..
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Susan Johnson
Glad to see Houzz featuring small spaces.
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Cambridge Western Contracting
exceptional design. 40 years ago living in a 900 sq. ft. home would not be news, it was common.
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elisesutton
A really gorgeous modern home.
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Robbee Gee
One of my favourites!
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Joe Sithole

wow!


   
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2Scale Architects

Great job M+M. . You guys always do fantastic work.

   
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Joan Selkregg

Not my style but this is beautiful. They did a great job!!!

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Joan
Love this house. Smaller, well designed, is so much the better choice. The monster houses that are so ugly are hopefully going out of style!
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Joan
I also live in a small 600 s.f. Home 1953. Yes, it's perfect for one person but the upside is when family and friends come to visit there's a lovely and discounted for locals Hotel down the street. Perfect!
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printergirl2

When you do have to come up with your next version, can I have this one????

   
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Sarah Jefferys Design

Great house! Who is the manufacturer for the large sliding glass and aluminum doors please?

   
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Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors

This is a perfect example of large not equalling better. The design of this home makes it feel large despite its square footage. The architects did an absolutely fantastic job. Wow!

   
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craigmerrow

I always enjoy reading these articles about small homes...myself, I'm in the process of building a 684 square foot passive solar cottage. Got the foundation poured, can't wait until spring to start framing it!

   
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Marcy Thornton

Smile on my face the entire time I watched this. This family is adorable, and those girls are so fortunate to have their creative, thoughtful parents. Love this.

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Christina Herrera
So many wonderful economic ideas here!
   
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pleasantvalley2

Maybe someone's already commented, but the kitchen is shown in the third photo in the article. Really like the house.

   
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khhadad

i love it ... i thought its a container house at the beginning ... amazing .. big like

   
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Design Storgård

Such a fun, well thougthout home! As a designer from Finland I love to see all the Finnish design elements in Texas!

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apstrong1

Pretty much perfection. Absolutely love the connection space and bookcases! Would love to incorporate something like that in my house.

   
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sjrfeb
I salute the tiny living revolution! Maybe 900+ sq ft is not that tiny but less than 1k is getting there. Helps with the environment, more one with nature, forces one to spend more time outdoors, minimalist, less clutter, teaches kids better values about appreciating and making the most of what they have.
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Karen
Stunning! So beautiful! Splendid use of space and aesthetic. Bravo!
   
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Barnett Adler

Truly amazing! This house isn't small, it's just the right size based on its incredibly well conceived design. Kudos, thanks for sharing, and enjoy!

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oldblackdog

Brilliant and charming. The absolutely most genuinely livable - and interesting - small, small home that has been set out here on Houzz. I would trust these folks to design for any location. Smashing use of many different materials, making the surfaces a textural delight. The elimination of unlived in corridors and the like is such a key pice of this as well.

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A P
Really lovely house, even though this New Yorker who until fairly recently was raising her family of 4 in 1000 sq ft does not consider it to be "small space living." Unlike other posters, I don't consider the lot with the office and rented house to be part of the living space, but I would include the middle lot with the garden (plus the kids' private courtyard is clearly an extension of their bedroom). Since they live in Texas, I am sure they can spread out in the outdoor space an awful lot.

That said, I loved the way the owners focused on a few style details that really popped, like the chair and birds in the master BR. Nice to see you don't need to sacrifice style in a "small" space.

Also, a huge thumbs up to the owners for acknowledging that their house is usually a "mess" with Legos or whatever. It is refreshing when professionals and homeowners featured on Houzz do this, as opposed to implying that their houses always look like this!
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oldblackdog

One more thing - that fence - it encloses the outside space but doesn't seem to make the space claustrophobic.

   
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Vee Hixx

960 square feet of infinite possibilities of living and less house cleaning! You can't beat that!

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husovski

YOU are the architects I would be if I were an architect. I live in a small house from the 1940s and my only wish is "if I could just re-design the room layout, this would be a perfect house." Your house brings to life what is in my imagination. Your river rock on the bathroom floor - I have that in my 2x4 half bath. Small homes can have "luxurious" materials affordably. Simply beautiful. And smart.

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wadehra

Creative, inspiring and beautiful family home.

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Veronica Dillon

Beautiful!


   
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Jorge LLanos Vasquez

Es ideal para una familia con 1 hijo, pero cuando venga el 2 y 3er hijo, la casa no se ajustará. ¿Cuanto durará esto? Enorgullecerse de un proyecto donde cabe solo 1 hijo me parece sobreponer la materia por sobre el espíritu. Es para reflexionar sobre las prioridades del ser.

It's ideal for a family with one child, but when the 2nd and 3rd child comes, the house will not fit. How much will this last? Proud of a project where only one child be overcome I think the matter over spirit. It is to reflect the priorities of being. (GoogleTraductor)

   
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mwilli8291

Love, love, love the library space. So many good ideas for such a small space.

   
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claudiamd

Lovely and bold at the same time! I loved it!

   
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parisave

Love it, so perfect for this family. At 2:35 in this video I see that the bathroom floor near the washer/dryer has a whole stone type floor. I have one of these in my shower and clearly it has not been installed correctly. Water does not drain right, mold is accumulating. How are these floors best cleaned, and/or how much of a project is it to tear out and redo? Thanks so much for any advice from anyone!

   
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mumn

Good use of space.

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renge_46619

I grew up in a 3 bedroom home about the same size this is an amazing house and well done

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Larmy Gerousis

I love it!


   
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yprevost

Interesting roof and I was wondering how the rain drops along the exterior wall to the ground on the wrap around side of the roof. Normally roofs extend beyond the wall to give the exterior cladding some protection and get water away from the foundation. Here the roof is essentially a part of the outside wall. How is that exterior wall and the foundation holding out? Thanks

   
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studio01 architects

It's a very nice space, but as an architect I prefer less materials. For me there are too many different changes.

   
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knowlt

Fabulous use of space & I personally like the mix of materials. The master bedroom's continuation of the concrete flooring up the wall to chair rail hgt especially. A terrific balance to the fully wood clad wall. Might be just me, but I find this house a contemporary take on mid century modern.

   
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Mountain ARC
AWESOME!
M+A great designing. I was speaking to a client several days ago about this house. Mitchell, so happy that you featured them in this video so we could learn a little more about the concepts that were used. Seamless transitions between spaces(the lack of hallways/corridors) is the result of a thorough and meticulous study of floor plan, flow, and function.
Quite possibly the most well conceived home that I've ever seen.
   
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husovski

To Studio 01: non-architect speaking. Schatz & Eamon mentioned they like "playing around" so perhaps that was the spirit of the multitude of materials? Sort of a showcase they can get experience with? I would have probably 50% of the different materials they used if it were my home being built.

   
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manray800

Love it. When can I move in?

   
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Nate Huse

Stunning! Love the idea of less stuff!

   
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Amy Sheppard
Is it 980 square feet before or after the master bedroom addition? Did they build a one bedroom initially and add on?
   
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Jim Kuiken Design

Simply, spectacular. Thank you for sharing!

   
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mack50

A sweet-switch of a home located in Texas where anything Bigger is Better is gospel.
Their home is well thought out in concept and design! Proof you don't need "McMansions, Big Hair" or a 10 gallon hat unless you have identity issues – giddy-up.

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katori

Why do people think that the girls can't continue to share a room as teenagers? It is possible.

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Gram 1954

WOW! I love the use of different textures - rich materials - light/dark, windows - beautiful space that makes you feel like you are part of nature. Well done!

   
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luvwhidbeyisland
Great home, but I would worry about little fingers and toes with those rolling heavy bookshelves!
   
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{ linda }

I'd be so happy there...

   
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JAMES HOME DECOR

Loved the feel and look! Very calming and comforting.

   
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madamebwolfe

Re drbarbara's complaint on the photography making a small space look larger. As a photographer and when photographing architecture, a wider angle lens is so important in order to show the space of a room, so while it may 'look larger' it gives the viewer a better perspective of that room.

As for the need for a garage - I TOTALLY AGREE - with three kids, their toys, bikes, sports storage, etc. This is a necessity. Is there one and it's just not shown?

   
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20dreamhouse

Revolutionary! I think that Mark and Anne turned all small house disadvantages into the advantages. This is a 100% functional space and 100% not-in-use stuff free.

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ghada116
Wow its so beautiful and spritual spacious!!
   
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philhj

There is nothing I don't like about this house!! I could be very happy living in it. It's perfect.

   
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David Ruud
One of my favorites. I like everything about it. Very well thought out well done.
   
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Giselle

what a perfectly thoughtful home!


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nancykinla

so fantastic! incredible use of space and tastefully done! love it!

   
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adorediana

Wow! Love this house! You guys are so clever! Really inspires me to want to live small, in a nice cozy way.....

   
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Jorge Pinheiro

simple and perfect to live

   
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Sh Abde
Thanks
   
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megconway

this is one of the best built, most creative homes i've seen-very talented professionals

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Deb D
The key words here are "designed and built." What about those of us living in older homes with the same square footage but lousy design?
   
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bludenz

I love it but As I am dreaming I am also trying to figure out where the rain water goes. I would want gutters and drains all around the house and I don't see those. Then I would put kitchen/bath facing the street so the plumbing/sewer pipes don't go under the slab of the house. Then, where do you find the person to design and build this sort of place? I would sell my place quickly for that.

   
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mariatstadt

A happy veteran of small spaces, I love this place! My solid-walled yurt is 720 sf with loft and tons of bookshelves. (BTW, I'm selling it--10+ acres in Vermont.)

   
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Magdy Tawfiq
lovely I love it
   
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Barbara C-Hamilton

The design is awesome, I am a buff on small living, coming from 4300 sqft to a 1100sqft abode, I am loving it - the design is clean, fluid and certainly appeals to small livers!! Love the addition - you can add to mines, less than 100sft.


   
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purestyle1303

What a delight! Great colors! May steal that walnut wall idea . . . I would much rather see a small house full of cleverness than a big house that is like a furniture showroom. This is the best on HOUZZ yet. More of these, please!

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Parkerwms38

This home is absolutely beautiful! Well organized and thought-out!


   
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Eve Millington

Brilliant home and living concept. I'm life-long fan of smart small space design. I hope they come up with another small addition that stays true to the original idea. The micro housing movement is fine for bachelor living but impractical for families. Your home is a much more versatile and practical space for the long term. Congrats on a beautiful home.

   
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Nola Ann Horne
love it
   
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kamela Miller
While reading I'm like this guy is full of it about greed this that and the other but when I finished the article I was pleasantly surprised that I love their space. It's functional and might I add very Suttle small luxury. Yea yea I know luxurious was not the aim but after look at the space, the garden the overall atmosphere this property is indeed a well thought out gem.
   
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lytviakp

Beautiful, love it.

   
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lynnscott37

So beautiful. Many wonderful ideas for those of us who are moving toward living smaller. It reminds me of the old train cars and/or a single wide mobile, which is what I'm going for. There is no reason not to do something like this which is outside the box. I'm excited! Thanks. Lynn

Oh, one more thing. I too would love a floor plan. No, need!

   
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Sayra L.
In 8 years they will need to add on. We did the 550 Sq ft for 7 years. Too small!
   
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Suzanne Grose

Sensational house, which will undoubtedly enrich the entire family. I think the architecture is brilliant (I've always preferred smaller than larger), so too are the materials, finishes and furniture. The video is lovely - seems like a very happy house.

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Gerald Lorentz

Excellent design and execution. Well done!

   
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semkachan
Only people who don't have to deal with snow are "anti-garage."
   
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saeedalhawaj

I love this house.

   
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ladyowl

Very clever design


   
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Renee Indigo
Gorgeous home! Here in Houston and would something like this.
   
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djellenburg
I love this little house! My home is very traditional not only in the build but also in furnishings. But We also have huge Windows. I love all the plate glass windows in this home because of the light they let in making it seem like the home is much bigger than it really is. I also love all the bright color in the children's bedroom with the glass wall looking out into the beautiful garden space. Gorgeous Ipe wood floors and the Walnut on the wall in their bedroom helps warm the space up. I love the slate on the outside of the house in that diamond pattern. I wonder how it is attached? I must commend them for living in a smaller footprint. Not only does it keep us from having to work ourselves to death to pay for it but it makes us really look at how much "stuff" we actually "need" versus what we want. Also, I think it makes for much more closeness in the family life. Parents can actually see and hear what their children are doing instead of having to call them on the intercom!
   
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Maya Wambui

Beautiful. Can't get enough of it!!

   
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Kim Eija

I LOVE IT!!! I love everything about the house: fantastic use of space, brilliant use of windows to bring more light and nature indoors, the best Finnish design: Iitala, Marimekko, Alvar Aalto, Toikka, Eero Saarinen etc.

   
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panama

Extraordinary !!!!


   
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normpo

It's beautiful! I love all the windows. My plants would thrive! Wonderful space.

   
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Bing Shi

How energy-efficient is it?

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qofmiwok

Great a great house. I love the windows. They are doing such great things with windows in modern prefabs in this style. Just hasn't made it's way into most normal construction yet.

   
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Mitsy Baby

It appears people are missing the point here! Obviously, an architect can come closer to achieving such a multi-functional space with his skills to design it. But it should be appreciated that he has shared the concept of small living and demonstrated to what degree it can be taken, and to encourage others to re-evaluate their idea of acceptable home standards and to move in this direction with their 'own version' of smaller living. Also their choice of using left over materials vs having to buy new themselves shows humility and ingenuity - again something we can learn from. My hubby and I have always lived in small spaces and loved it (and despise the common day mega mentality.). Our current home which was an available good deal on a larger reno project has taken us to 1150 sq ft plus a single attached garage and separate 12 X 20 shed and we find it more space than we need and are now looking to go back to the 750 sq ft range which was easier to care for and all we needed. Feedback from viewers is love the style but it's too small, which begs the question of how much space do 2 people really need? It's a mentality that needs to be challenged and articles such as this should provide inspiration. I hope Houzz will continue with more articles on small living ideas so that more people will embrace it as a future trend (vs so much of the oversized excessive glam that people really can't afford but feel compelled to buy)!

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jaidi

Very liveable. The sliding bookshelves is a great idea apart from playing hide-n-seek.


   
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melissa melnik

Extraordinary! I deeply appreciate everything about this house.

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chowdergirl

Small is better! Now please, some one take this concept and build it for retirees instead of the mini mansions that seem to be going up every where!

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Adi Tatarko

You don't need a big house to be happy. Simple. Cozy. Warm. Close to the people you love the most. I love it!

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chialista

Gorgeous! Love! Love!

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Shoshana Bloom

Wonderful wonderful design. reading through the comments people ask the same questions. How much did it cost. If you read the article it tells you how much it cost them.

also they have three children and not two as is stated at the end of the article. I cannot see signs of where a baby would sleep so either they took out the cot for the pictures or,the baby sleeps with them in their bed. Not so uncommon. There is a picture of the family with their three girls.

Also it is a small well designed house and the other buildings are not part of the house. The architect explained this. And person after person questioned this.

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victoran

This house seems so much larger than 1000 sq. ft. It is everything anyone could need in a house. If they had a boy, they would need more space, but with 3 girls, it seems perfect. The quality of materials also makes this house special. The many windows give so much light and also make the home seem larger. I love the master bedroom because light comes in with whole walls of windows, but there is still privacy with the garden wall just a few feet away.

As someone else said, I so wish builders would use this model as an example of what a quality, senior small house could be. But the reason mega mansions are built, is that they use cheap materials and hope the fact that the house is huge will sell the home. Would a buyer pay $500,000 for a 1000 sq. ft house or $500,000 for a 3,000 sq. ft. house even thought the smaller home was better built with more quality./?

   
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Suburban Steel Supply Company

Nice work!!! We love this home!! :)


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husovski

Really, though (my 3rd comment re this house I love): How DOES a community move to this type of build in the presence of majority "templates:" 1) old, old homes (mine) that are small but not smartly designed with limited maneuverability to alter/re-arrange room placement even with reno ; 2) new homes being built that are huge or new townhomes that are the same old square box. Counting on you "revolutionary" architects :)

   
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craigmerrow

I designed this based on a small home I found on houzz

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/4276209/list/houzz-tour-a-family-of-4-unwinds-in-540-square-feetOne bedroom, one bath with a loft over the bedroom/bath, 684 square feet, and designed with passive solar features. The foundation is poured, just waiting for spring to start framing/building it. I can hardly wait!

   
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Sayra L.
Very small houses sound great. Just like glass shower enclosures. Until you live with one! 7 years in 550 Sq ft with 3 people becomes a nightmare. Trust me!
   
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cywewrk

I would love to be able to get the floor plans on this house. I absolutely love the house!

   
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Home Interiors by Design

Awesome!

   
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justsue65

There are actually millions of families, living on a budget, in 980 (or less) square feet. The difference is they were built by mass production builders, and they are located in low-income areas.

   
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Good's Home Furnishings

Very inspiring - love to see the passion that comes out through personal design projects. All which reflect the personality of the owners. Unique and personal! Nice! Love to feature some of these adventures in our blog posts. http://goodshomefurniture.com/?p=3088


   
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Akky Kumar

Is it possible to get blueprint

Thanks

   
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nancymiller48

Love this small house. I have great admiration for designers that make efficient use of smaller spaces. Its easy to have a place for everything with unlimited space - much more careful thought is needed when space is at a premium! And this house dose not feel cramped! Clever design!

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rosalseay

Since you've had another child, did you build onto your house like you mentioned in the video? I'd love to see a follow up article!

   
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Upali Rathnayake

it is beautiful nice small house.

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