Small Space Sustainable Living

Modern homes increasingly try to pack more and more into smaller spaces and clever design is key when trying to make small spaces feel larger. There are huge advantages to small space living; they cost less to build and buy, they are more energy efficient and cheaper to run.

There are numerous examples of good design, but I was particularly taken with this cabin, which is only 400 square feet. It is the product of SALA architect, Kelly Davies, from Minnesota in the USA.


This cabin house is roughly the size of a trailer, yet looks anything but! A great example of how good design can make the most of a small space. Designed by Kelly Davies of SALA architects.
The end of the cabin has floor to ceiling windows and illustrates how a “less is more” approach to design can be successful in making a space feel bigger. This could actually be viewed as a waste of space in terms of the overall design, a luxury that is not required, but it creates the illusion of more space. Plus this area could be used for all sorts: living, dining, an extra sleeping area for guests. Genius!
The living area packs in a seating area, a dining area, a kitchen, TV space and storage. Amazing! The fireplace is a clever sealed unit which is so efficient that it heats the whole cabin.
A closer look at the living area, showing the dining, seating and kitchen areas. The dining and seating could also be moved into the front area when extra room is required.
The bedroom feels spacious and the bathroom has been added as a long narrow space along one side. With the toilet at one end and the shower at the other, there is plenty of storage space in between the two.
The other end of the bathroom space showing the spacious walk in shower.
The large windows increase the feeling of space and bring the incredible outside views in, who needs artwork?
The floor plan of the cabin.

My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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