Sometimes adding space is not possible or desirable. Small houses don’t have to feel cramped. One tool we have to create “space” in an efficiently laid out area is to overlap programming. For example, in a small kitchen and dining area, the dining room wall seems to visually reach beyond a peninsula and circulation space. But from the kitchen side, the same circulation space and peninsula serves as an eating bar, an extension of the kitchen.
Views, sunlight and carefully selected natural materials such as slate, mahogany and an array of different shades of cream call inhabitants attention away from minimal square footage. Even the tiniest bathroom is pleasant when it is finished in a palette of complementing grays or has some whimsy to ponder.