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30 Best Small Apartment Designs Ideas Ever Presented on Freshome

Do you live in a small apartment? Many of us whether by choice or necessity live in smaller apartments. We often get the feeling that some of the …


A Family Builds a Tiny Backyard Studio on an Even Tinier Budget

In coastal Massachusetts, a resourceful couple and their equally enterprising children use reclaimed materials to create a versatile 168-square-foot backyard building.

Project: Lanesville OutbuildingDesigner: Tim and Meg Ferguson Sauder

Tim and Meg Ferguson Sauder had two problems: Like many parents, …


8 Space-Saving Hacks for Small Kitchens

May the following tips for kitchens inspire you to reduce, reuse, declutter, and organize your small kitchen in style.


Almost Every Part of this Prefab Beach House Was Brought to its Secluded Site by Hand

With a helicopter and a little elbow grease, a prefab escape arrives at a remote New Zealand beach.

Project: Cora HouseArchitect: Bonnifait + Giesen Atelierworkshop

In New Zealand, a few weeks at thebeach is regarded less as a luxury than a birthright. As transit improved in the postwar era, families …

Prefab Homes

This Tiny House Comes Shipped to You in a Box

And then you can even pack it up again, if you've got the travel bug.

If you've got perpetual wanderlust, the POD-iDladla could be your perfect home. Designed by South African architect Clara da Cruz Almeida, this simple, portable house packs up into a 24-square-meter "pod" and ships from place to …

Tiny House Movement

Warsaw Loft with Multifunctional Furniture

To maximize their small Warsaw loft, transatlantic designers Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski and Becky Nix handcrafted a fleet of double-duty furnishings.

Project: Novak-Zemplinski / Nix ResidenceArchitect: BioLINIA

Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski and Becky Nix met thanks to a student exchange program …


An Indoor-Outdoor House in Mexico Curves Around a Giant Tree

Lines are blurred between the indoors and outdoors in this modern retreat built around a 100-year-old tree.

When conceptualizing a modern and functional residence for their clients in Mérida, Mexico, local firm Taller Estilo Arquitectura imagined a home that would connect so intimately with the …


House of the Week: Modern Kitchen with a Striking Skylight

Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest. Follow Dwell's Pinterest account for more daily design inspiration.

Readers loved this modern kitchen extention by Fraher Architects in northwest London. The new kitchen, designed for a chef, features a sturdy concrete …

House Design

This Cottage Is as Close to Magical as You Can Get

Seriously, its name is "Faerie Door."

This countryside cottage totally proves that you don't have to be Harry Potter to have a mystical, storybook getaway in England. Called the Faerie Door (I mean, are you swooning yet?), this beautiful rental is hidden away in Wiltshire, England and is simply …


Scenic Country Home Made of Flat-Packed Panels

A slightly cantilevered home in England connects with nature.

In the countryside near Oxford, England, Adrian James Architects designed a house that achieves architectural distinction using prefabricated elements. Built out of flat-packed, insulated panels, the home cantilevers over a concrete wall, …


Twin Houses on Tiny Lots Stretch Outward for Space

Linked by a modern version of a white picket fence, two near-identical houses in Los Angeles add space by extending beyond their envelopes.

Los Angeles-based firm Anonymous Architects cantilevered side-by-side houses over two steep lots in Los Angeles's Mount Washington neighborhood. Each …


Seattle Home Carefully Blocks Out Neighbors, While Celebrating Natural Surroundings

Melding corrugated metal with Douglas Fir wood, a sustainable home in Seattle brings nature inside while preserving a couple’s privacy.

How does an architect protect clients’ home privacy while also letting in the great outdoors? That’s the question SHED Architecture & Design faced when it began …


This Genius Tiny Apartment Transforms Into 5 Different Rooms

It has everything you need in 360 square feet.


Well, here's a new twist on the micro-apartment trend: This 360-square-foot apartment in New York City's Gramercy neighborhood turns itself into five different rooms with the push of a button. Created by MKCA — designers of many of New York's tiniest …

Tiny House Movement

9 Unique Decorating Ideas for Your Baby's Nursery

It's never too early to appreciate good design.

Add Ombré Detail

Get creative with your baby's changing table and dresser. This DIY ombré dresser gives the white nursery and extra pop of color and looks sophisticated and stylish enough to grow with your baby.

Put Up a Gallery Wall

Adding a gallery wall …


Make the Most of a Small Patio

Turn that tiny pocket of outdoor space into your favorite hangout.

Just because you don't have a big backyard doesn't mean you can't enjoy the fresh air. Use these ideas to make whatever you've got into an outdoor oasis.

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Interior Design

7 Space-Saving Solutions from Some of Our Tiniest Houses

With a little wood and a lot of imagination, these diminutive homes manage to pack a lot of function into very little square footage.


5 new home trends for 2015

Think micro-appliances, the latest, greatest energy-efficiency rating, and a shorter commute.

The future of home design is looking more and more efficient, compact and customized. While we aren’t quite ready to 3D-print dinner, innovation and invention are at the forefront of building industry …


18th Avenue City Homes by Malboeuf Bowie Architecture

Seattle-based architecture firm Malboeuf Bowie Architecture presents the 18th Avenue City Homes. Committed to developing innovative, unconventional, and modern design solutions, Malboeuf Bowie Architecture transforms a single-family home lot into three distinct townhomes, which are layered …


10 Game-Changing Desks for Your Home Office

They'll make answering work emails much less painful.

This stunning desk features a surface with geometric crevices and built-in docks and USB ports for all your favorite gadgets. Only downside? It's currently not available to purchase, but we'll be ready to hit "Add To Cart" the second it is. …

Office Furniture

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10 Fascinating Housing Trends From Around the World

Almost every rendering of the future includes predictions about how and where people will live, with varying degrees of accuracy. While some of the …


The Incredible Steampunk Tiny House By Maximus Extreme

When a company with the name like “Maximus Extreme” builds a tiny house you know to expect something a bit different. So when they completed this …

Psst! Follow Us Down These 5 Secret Passages

Remember when you were a kid and you'd knock on walls trying to uncover hidden staircases? Of course, you do. These five homes make good on that childhood dream with carefully concealed private spaces.


The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The Bullitt Center, designed by The Miller Hull Partnership, is an office building in Seattle that is also the largest certified Living Building. The …


Genius Unfolding Kitchen Tucks Neatly Into Small Spaces

At Salone del Mobile, Clei unveiled the Box Kitchen, an unfolding unit that's made for small space dwellers.

Small Space Design

Home Tour: Inside the Ultimate Getaway Cabin

It's the man cave you always wanted.

This isn't a Lincoln Logs-style cabin. It's made from locally sourced and sustainable materials with a look that blends modern and classic together impeccably. Here's a tour of the modern man's cabin, courtesy of Hudson Woods and Lang Architecture.

When it comes …


Energy Efficient Homes Result From Prefabrication

British construction company Volula says prefabrication is the key to energy efficient homes with low carbon footprintThe post Energy Efficient Homes …

Sustainable Design

9 of the World's Skinniest Houses


Signal-Blocking Architecture and the Faraday Home

[Image: "RAM House" by Space Caviar].
An interesting new project by Space Caviar asks, "Does your home have an airplane mode?"
Exploring what it could …