By Charles Miller, Originally Published in Fine Homebuilding
A ceiling that rises to 14 ft, balanced light, 8 ft. tall sliding doors and tall double hung windows create a feeling of spaciousness. Photo by David Wakely
The best small houses manage to manipulate their footprints so that they
feel larger than their square footage. For this California cottage,
writes editor at large Charles Miller, architect Cathy Schwabe used 10
design strategies to make it live larger than its 800-sq.-ft. size. To
make this house feel roomy, Schwabe's design plan included raising the
ceilings; playing with scale; borrowing views from outside the house;
using texture and color sparingly; spending money on high-quality
materials where it counts; minimizing hallways (and making them do
double duty); creating long interior views; making multipurpose rooms;
using windows on as many sides of a room as possible; and creating
private outdoor spaces.
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