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Sarah Susanka talked us into considering larger homes for our best-small-home award. Here’s why.
by Sarah Susanka
This 800-sq.-ft. cottage uses 10 strategies for great comfort and style
by Charles Miller
by Maureen Friedman
This 800-sq.-ft. infill home was designed for its site and its owners’ lifestyle
by Nir Pearlson
These design principles illustrate how to capitalize on a small space and tight budget
by Tina Govan
Architect John Hopkins takes you on a tour of the big little backyard house
Homeowner Billie McKig takes you on a guided tour of her big little backyard house
Multiuse rooms, built-in furniture, and carefully orchestrated sightlines are just a few of the tools that can help you to get the most out of the space you have
by Russell Hamlet
High ceilings and long views give this 540-sq.-ft. infill cottage an expansive personality
by John Hopkins
When it comes to houses, bigger does not necessarily mean better
by Sarah Susanka
Contraints can lead to creativity when building a new home
by Duo Dickinson
Nestled among cedars and firs, this cabin packs multiple levels, a fireplace nook, and plenty of room for guests into 800 sq. ft.
by Jonathan White
Five ideas for making a pocket-size house feel like so much more
by Timothy Gordon
In this compact floor plan, the outdoor spaces work as hard as the indoor
by Al Platt
Proper scale and great details make 1200 sq. ft. an interesting place to live
by Kurt Ofer
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Transformation of the Week Gallery
Remove One Wall and Join Two Rooms
Hanging the ceiling joists from an engineered beam is the fast, simple way to replace a bearing wall
by Mike Guertin
Gene Myers, Zero-Energy Builder
This builder’s Denver-based company recently won its second grand award in the DOE’s Housing Innovation program.
by Boyce Thompson
Tailgate: Nicole Starnes Taylor, Architect
This former carpenter talks about how having worked in the trades made her a better architect.
by Andy Engel
Surviving the Storm
Know what your insurance covers and what it doesn’t—before disaster strikes
by Fernando Pagés Ruiz
Wind-Resistant Framing Techniques
Cost-effective details to help houses weather the storm
by Bryan Readling
Why Can't Architects and Builders Get Along?
by Paul DeGroot, David Wilkes
The Barefoot HomeDressed-Down Design for Casual Living
Outside the Not So Big HouseExpand your home to include outdoor spaces.
500 CottagesDiscover the appeal of this modest, yet inviting house style through 500 color photos.
Window Treatments Idea BookUpdate the look of your home’s windows with hundreds of fresh ideas.
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