Brian and Joni Buzarde's 236-square-foot trailer, which they built on their own for about $50,000, has a simple interior. A 55-inch Samsung Smart TV, a gift, is one of few indulgences.
On the Tasman Peninsula, a remote region of Tasmania, a modest 818-square-foot house is self-sustaining, using an evacuated solar-tube system to minimize the energy it consumes to heat water, which works efficiently even in wintry, low-sun conditions.
Jason and Suzanne Koxvold commissioned Studio Padron to design a 200-square-foot guesthouse on their Ellenville, New York, property. The geometric structure’s dark cedar cladding contrasts with the inviting interior, which is heated by a cast-iron Jøtul stove.
Sandy Chilewich and her husband, Joe Sultan, built their 800-square-foot country house in Columbia County, New York, as a escape from city life. The simple retreat features a Murphy bed from Resource Furniture in the living room, which serves as the couple's bedroom.
This 500-square-foot studio in Warsaw is designed to rearrange at a moment's notice. It serves as the resident's workplace during the day, but transforms easily into a playroom for his young son as well as a comfortable home.
A 5-foot-by-11-foot studio is a quiet space for reflection in a Brooklyn backyard. The modest structure, designed and built by architect Nicholas Hunt, has just enough space for an army cot or chair..
Architectural designer Jonathan Tuckey remodeled a three-story structure of 969 square feet in the Swiss Alps into a cozy home for his family.
A father and son built a diminutive off-the-grid cabin in the Wisconsin woods that measures only 9 by 10 feet and stands 12 feet high. Inside, the space morphs for lounging, eating, and sleeping, thanks to its fold-out, drop-down furnishings made out of Baltic birch plywood.
Artist Allison Paschke's 530-square-foot retreat in Foster, Rhode Island, has a simple and uncluttered feeling. Appliances are basic and small, a ladder is used to access a loft above the kitchen, and nothing is elaborate.
On a plot of land in a coastal suburb just south of Wellington, New Zealand, architect Andrew Simpson built a boxy 538-square-foot house with an unconventional, double-height interior that opens to the outdoors.
A 850-square-foot cabin in the Berkshires cantilevers over a rocky ledge, creating the feeling that the house is suspended among the treetops.
In New York City's Greenwich Village, architectural designer Greg Dufner renovated a 520-square-foot apartment, creating comfortable, distinct living spaces despite a tiny footprint.