Best Small Home 2019: Small and Skinny Spec Home
This 1650-sq.-ft. urban home challenges market norms with a thoughtful modern design.
BEST SMALL HOME: At about 1000 sq. ft. smaller than the average home built in 2018, our Best Small Home Award goes to Atlanta architect Alex Wu for his infill spec home. But it’s not the size of the home as much as the size of the lot that made this project challenging. Built on a 20-ft.-wide lot, the project’s success hinged on Alex winning a significant variance from the zoning board and still designing a comfortable home within a mere 14-ft. by 56- ft. footprint.
In 2016, Alex Wu decided to leave the large architecture firm—focused mostly on university buildings—where he had been working for over a decade. Competing with established developers and builders for a decent lot in the Atlanta area proved to be a challenge. But the reality was that many of the more ideal building lots wouldn’t be right for what Alex had in mind.…