From Margaret Everton on June 16, 2010 in Seattle
How does a family of four live comfortably in 1,200 square feet? This Seattle family believes its all about efficient design and taking advantage of the great outdoors. Fortunately, their views of Washingtons Methow Valley and the Cascade Sawtooth Mountains make cramped quarters absolutely worthwhile. The family is able to expand their available space by using this outdoor veranda as a room all its own. A secluded setting means that privacy isnt much of an issue. The kitchen may be small, but it doesnt lack efficiency. For an inexpensive center island, they used a stainless steel and butcher block workspace. Another good way to cut down on space: no extra rooms, and only the necessary amount of furniture. The design may be minimal, but warm wood and natural lighting make it feel nice and cozy. The bedroom, on the other hand, is more bed than room. Sliding doors at the foot of the bed are kept open to make the space look larger than it is. Not every family could manage living in such close proximity to one another, but this one seems more than content. By now, Im sure they know just how to overcome those challenges.