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Live Well in Less than 1,000 Square Feet: Living in Small Homes

Meet your needs, emphasize quality and delight, and discover how less stuff leads to true wealth. Three very different houses show how.

This 450-square-foot British Columbia cabin is so comfortable its owners decided to make it their full-time home rather than a vacation retreat.
Photo By Stuart Bish
A cozy sleeping loft topped with skylights offers views of the trees and sky above.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Architect Henry Yorke Mann used tall ceilings, skylights and lots of glass to make the living space feel larger, while a sloping ceiling defines the kitchen.
Photo By Stuart Bish
A narrow stairway is made navigable with ladderlike steps and double handrails.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Jay Shafer's Tumbleweed home features convertible, built-in furniture such as a pull-out dining table for one that also functions as a desk.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
When Jay Shafer's first home didn't meet the minimum size requirement for an Iowa home, he put it on wheels and called it a trailer.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
The cottage includes a small shower and portable composting toilet
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
A mini wood-burning stove can easily heat Shafer's tiny home, and built-in cabinets and drawers provide ample storage.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
Outdoor living spaces surround Michael Ann Brown's home, allowing for a comfortable spot outside nearly any time of year.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
A partial wall or cut-out defines separate rooms without cutting off the long views that make a space feel large.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Serial archways in Michael Ann Brown's home lead the eye through the living space and to the French doors leading outside, creating a feeling of expansiveness.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
The enclosed porch on the east is wrapped in windows and glass for a strong indoor-outdoor feeling.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
A quaint dining area is perfectly sized for two.
Photo By Barbara Bourne

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