912 square feet:
The architect of this Upper West Side apartment extended the petite living space by installing an 8-by-15-foot sliding glass door, which leads to an outdoor dining area built six feet above the alley. To make the outdoors feel like it's part of the living room, and not a separate patio, they ran the same horizontal pattern of ipe wood slats from the indoors out.
648 square feet:
A compact former coach house on one of London's hidden cobbled mews was in need of a radical over-haul, so Scape Architects remodeled inside and out to maximize both space and light, redesigning the property around every available void for storage.
400 square feet:
In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.
861 square feet:
A small, steel-clad house in a New Zealand apple orchard is the perfect respite for a working musician.
800 square feet:
Before Tom Bayley could call in a crane to lift the materials for his 800-square-foot house to the roof of the building on which it’s perched, he had to tackle a radical retrofit to shore up the structure. A large wraparound terrace with views of the bay help expand the usable living space.
1,000 square feet:
To maximize their small Warsaw loft, transatlantic designers Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski and Becky Nix handcrafted a fleet of double-duty furnishings. Caster wheels on the bottom allow the shelves to be stored under the kitchen island or rolled elsewhere to create a library anywhere in the apartment.
704 square feet:
A vertically stacked wooden box in Portland fits a variety of multipurpose spaces with tall ceilings, fit for an enterprising couple, their hard-working garden, and smartly designed outdoor spaces.
538 square feet:
For such modestly scaled homes, Deckhouses generate a huge amount of affection. A total of 50 were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s at Emsworth Yacht Harbour in Hampshire, England, and each of them is just 538 square feet. These black-and-white cabins on stilts sit in neatly arranged rows within communal parkland, forming a secret enclave by the sea.
485 square feet
Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green is reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse. A lofted sleeping pod offers a bit of privacy and helps maximize space. Beneath it is a zippy yellow bathroom.