A nice wide open bottom floor features lots of public spaces, a modern kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to let nature in and a cozy but spacious-enough feel. Upper lofts feature a bedroom and what looks like a storage or study room. We just love how tiny and cozy yet usable the space feels. Who needs a huge house when you have an efficiently-designed small one? This one designed by DinellJohansson.

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