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Not long after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, architect Katie Hutchison began to focus on the design of residential spaces. Since then, she has found herself drawn to the challenges and rewards of designing smaller houses that live comfortably and have a positive impact on their neighborhoods and the environment. She is the author of the forthcoming book The New Small House (The Taunton Press). Visit katiehutchison.com, where she pens House Enthusiast, an online magazine, and join the conversation on the Katie Hutchison Studio Facebook page.
Explore four types of integral porches
Small kitchens can layer storage options while big kitchens should limit storage options.
Inglenooks—nooks or corners beside a fireplace—are a 17th-century innovation designed as a practical means of keeping warm. Revived in the 20th century, inglenooks are now being reinterpreted to serve smaller fireplaces, different hearth heights, and not-so-big rooms.
Learn about two fundamental design consideration to add flow to a floor plan
Custom sliding, swinging, and overhead doors reinforce a house's architectural style and invite the outdoors in
Among the important details on a roof is the rake, the sloping edge along the end wall of a gable, shed, or gambrel roof
With its long, simple roof, a shed dormer adds the most floor space and more opportunities for windows than other dormer types
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