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May 13, 2015
With a little wood and a lot of imagination, these diminutive homes manage to pack a lot of function into very little square footage.
Modern linden plywood and ash staircase cabinet

In an update on a traditional Japanese carpentry technique, a staircase hides space for storage in this Fukushima home. “We were able to create a clean, uncluttered space, but in a playful way,” says architect Kotaro Anzai.

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Originally appeared in Top Drawer
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interior beniot residence bookshelf portrait

A wooden box frames a bedroom while providing built-in storage at this petite Emeryville, California, home. "In the end, even though building the box drove us crazy and took forever, it’s added so much texture to the place," says architect and resident Peter Benoit, who built the structure himself over a series of weekend. 

Originally appeared in 5 Lofts Worth a Second Look
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Sliding maple doors for modern New York apartment

At just 240 square feet, this truly tiny Manhattan apartment still boasts a "library" and "laundry room," thanks to creative cabinetry designed by architect Tim Seggerman and inspired by George Nakashima. Seggerman calls it a “crafted jewel box.”

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Originally appeared in Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan
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small space malibu trailer bedroom built-in office

A built-in desk transforms an awkward space into a miniature office in this 500-square-foot trailer in Malibu's Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park. 

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Originally appeared in A Modern Beachside Trailer Home in Malibu
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Floor-to-ceiling maple sheathes the storage cabinets and the bottom of the Murphy bed, at right. The concrete ribbon continues as a window seat before becoming a desk.

When renovating his 400-square-foot New York apartment, architect Alan Y. L. Chan used maple for floor-to-ceiling cabinets for storage and to conceals a Murphy bed.

Originally appeared in Domestic Ribbon
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woodwork portland renovation dining room

Portland's PATH Architecture partnered with local woodworkers Benjamin Klebba, of Phloem Studio, and Bren Reis, of Earthbound Industries, to build furniture and cabinetry into the walls—like this dining table that tucks neatly away—to save space in this 520-square-foot backyard garage transformation

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Originally appeared in Salvaged Wood Renovation in Portland
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multipurpose bedroom closet workspace

A platform transforms the space above a closet into a lofted work area in the bedroom of this 704-square-foot Portland home.

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Originally appeared in It's Hip to Be Square
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Modern linden plywood and ash staircase cabinet

In an update on a traditional Japanese carpentry technique, a staircase hides space for storage in this Fukushima home. “We were able to create a clean, uncluttered space, but in a playful way,” says architect Kotaro Anzai.

Photo by Osamu Abe. Image courtesy of Copyright:ave.

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