Best Small Home 2018: Small House Has It All
A little house on an urban infill lot leaves room for gardens and play, and lives larger than its diminutive footprint.
Synopsis: The 2018 Best Small Home Award goes to Duncan McPherson and Margaret Chandler of Samsel Architects for designing a 816-sq.-ft. home that makes sensible use of a difficult lot. The 0.2-acre property slopes steeply away from the street, so the house was sited on the low portion of the lot to create intimate spaces for the screened porch and yard, with a simple shed roof that opens up toward the road. Because the lender was loathe to back a 500-sq.-ft. house, the homeowners upsized their plans and included a loft accessed by ladder. The article includes eight design lessons from a small house, including the use of storage solutions, durable materials, light, and bonus spaces.
When new clients Dave and Ali approached us to design a tiny house on an awkward, urban infill lot, we were excited by the challenge, but skeptical that the project would make it…