It’s a trend that’s growing in popularity: Houses are shrinking.
Homeowners keen on paring down have started to learn how to pack essential functionality into less square-footage — much less — and they’re doing so with style.
1. Living in a Box
In San Antonio, Poteet Architects added doors, windows, a heating-cooling system and an innovative, “green” roof to a steel shipping container, ingeniously transforming a utilitarian unit into a cozy space for living. Bamboo floors and a cool wall covering bring the interior design to life. It’s small and modern, but undoubtedly a home.
2. Case study
To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foot cottage that she designed 15 minutes north of Portland, Ore.
By using mostly reclaimed materials to construct her miniscule maison, and by adding a moss-and-fern green roof, Helgerson completed the project for less than money…
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