Fun Family Living in 980 Square Feet
Fun Family Living in 980 Square Feet

(upbeat music) – We originally called this
project, our next house. There is this ongoing joke in
architecture profession of, house one, house two, house three. So we thought, wouldn’t it just
be sort of tongue in cheek, if we just said, well
this is the next one. Our house is a really perfect example of the idea of focusing on the small home that really is a luxurious home. – I think the best
thing about living small is that you can’t collect too much junk. You have to be very selective as to what you want to put in the house. – [Mark] It doesn’t really
compromise on anything, it’s really full with a
wonderful sense of richness, richness of material, richness of space, richness of experience. (fun energetic music) – Our home is just under
a 1000 square feet. We started the house as a
small-scale one bedroom project, we found out we were
expecting and decided, it’d be easier to add-on to this house. We came up with a plan
to add a second space, that stayed in scale
with the original house. The second bedroom had
to be lower in scale, that’s why we had the step-down
from the original piece of the house into the lower-scale
piece that’s the bedroom. We pushed it further to
the back of the property so it looks secondary from the street. We tried to keep all of the
elements of the house, distinct. We have the little projecting
volumes on the original house are all the storage volumes, it’s the kitchen, it’s the book storage. Then we have the roof, that
essentially folds over. And then the windows are essentially the things that fill in the gap. (mellow electronic music) – Windows in this house
are super important. They really are part
of the idea of focusing the indoor, outdoor relationship. The windows are set at
different elevations throughout the space, so
if you’re sitting down you have a different view to the outside than if you’re standing up. It just has a sense of liveliness to it and connection that just
makes you feel better. – While my husband Mark
and I, have been working in architecture now for close to 20 years. Small-scale spaces for a long time, that was something we
were really interested in. One of the best ways to
explore the small-scale design is really to scale the furniture and the sort of the room layouts. – So we are book people, so how did we fit those in a small house? Well we came up with the
idea where we have a series of moving bookcases that allow us to slide the books back and forth. (whimsical music) We really thought about
it like it’s an old school Pullman train car, we
don’t have corridors, we don’t have dedicated kitchen space, each one of the rooms has discrete zones so when you’re in the living room, you’re kind of in the
living room, dining room, kitchen, but you get a sense of being in a unique spot within that space. We were very hands-on in this project. Ann and I actually built our
first house, by ourselves. Over the years we got a
little more adventurous. – Literally the first concrete wall, we built all the form work
and poured the concrete. – We’re definitely all
about playing around and trying things out. (futuristic music) We really like to focus on the
idea of juxtaposing textures. This introduction of different materials makes a different contrast
in different light patterns and different texture of quality possible. The fineness of a really elegant wood, juxtaposed against the
rawness of industrial looking concrete, the effect is this nice warm balance between the two. (relaxing guitar music) Ann and I have a really great,
finished art glass collection and over the years, family members have given us iittala glass birds. – [Anne] And we were trying to figure out what we should do with
our bird collection. – [Mark] In the bedroom
there’s a walnut feature wall and we happen to have
from a prior project, a bunch of aluminum
discs that were leftover from a custom wine rack that
we had done for a client. – We discovered that if we
trimmed these little discs, they were perfect size for the birds. They essentially become birds that, sit within the tree itself. One of my favorites is really the little library connecting space. (upbeat rock music) That’s the circulation space, between the original
house and the addition. – And it’s form is generated
about going around the trees. So the little diagonal jog
that is in our library space is all about letting
the building slide past one of the existing pecan trees. Trying to be respectful of
the site in which it inhabits. – And it’s perfect in the morning
if you sit and have coffee and you can watch the sunrise, because the whole space will just glow. One of the spaces that we really enjoy is the bedroom space. – [Mark] Our master bedroom
is completely different than the other spaces of the house. It is really meant to be a quiet space. – [Anne] It’s like you’re
sitting out in the garden space, because you have windows on two sides. (happy music) (child laughs) The girls really like playing in the house because they can run everywhere. – [Mark] They sort of sense
it like it’s a big jungle gym. – [Ann] You can’t go off and
be closeted in your own space, you’re always sort of participating in the daily life of the house. (child shouts) – Our kids love that they
live in a glass house, I think it really reinforces, a sense of adventure-ness that they have. (country music) This has been sort of an
organic evolution for us. This house has really
grown into such a refined little idea, itself, that if
we did anything else to it, it would really take away from it and make it into something that it isn’t. – With the three girls,
in a two bedroom house, we probably have you know,
five years before we have to come up with another version, (laughs). (upbeat country music)

100 thoughts on “Fun Family Living in 980 Square Feet”

  1. ANTHONY&ALEXA says:

    love it

  2. naresh shankar says:

    Wish I had such a beautiful home. Simply superb

  3. Elizabeth Centeno says:

    I'm in love with something I can never have ๐Ÿ˜’

  4. L Lindsey says:

    Wow I love it

  5. Hannoi says:

    I grew up in a 770 square foot with my parents and sister and before watching these videos I never considered it that small really. We had everything we need, my sister and I each had our own room, the bathroom had a tub, the living room a nice big dinner table…
    We DID have a huge garden and balcony though where we spent so much time and the basement had huge storage space and housed the appliances.

  6. Aditi Nagar says:

    it is sooooo cute!!โคโค

  7. gurtej singh says:


  8. vzp19461 says:

    I want build this house for my daughter and two grandkids

  9. serenity0324 says:

    I love the interior design and how the incorporated some Japanese elements into it.

  10. Patrice Wolfe says:


  11. Megan Garcia says:

    Ok, yall…when the average North American house is 1500-3500+ sf, this and anything under that footprint is considered "small."

  12. Dale Fisher says:

    Absolutely brilliant design

  13. Dawn Smith says:

    I love this!!

  14. calen pope says:

    Got a wall made of trees? Put a bird on it!

  15. EagerBeaver2218 says:

    Amazing. Beautiful house.

  16. Celina Sanchez says:

    NICE JOB !!!

  17. Im Brad says:

    That house is awesome.

  18. Simba says:

    Wow! As a Finn im really surpriced to see the house filled with Finnish design in every room

  19. themagenta07 says:

    Lucky kids, to get to live in a great house like that!

  20. Jahha H says:

    Love the design of this house n the unique textures that are used… ๐Ÿ‘

  21. The Constant Xplorer says:

    Hard to believe that place is slightly less than 1000 square feet. It is certainly nicely laid out and spacious. I'd love to own one.

  22. Lily H says:

    Hi does anyone know the width of the living room ? thank you

  23. D Ishappywithlife says:

    Fun, I'm not into the concrete but love everything else

  24. Kay Souvannakily says:

    Luv it perfect space

  25. Iam Nzrl says:

    It's really Awesome house.. ๐Ÿ˜

  26. Ro Ka says:


  27. Rand Zopyr says:

    This feels so much more warm than the typical "minimalist" small home.

  28. RJE says:

    Very well thought out.

  29. Rawle Culbard says:

    Beautiful house. I'm very impress with how you utilize the space.

  30. Rawle Culbard says:

    Forget to ask this question earlier…..what about your privacy? I didnt see any window curtains or drapes to be pull.

  31. Earth Ling says:

    love love love this house

  32. Marie GabrielDavidPio says:

    very nice

  33. Cindy Fuller says:

    I love your bedroom.

  34. Zawadi Holliday says:

    I Like!

  35. Hanya Doy says:

    Beautiful house, beautiful family

  36. melanie1049 says:

    Fabulous imaginative design, love the variety of materials, adds so much interest

  37. Chuck SCHULD says:

    A very nice house biggggger than a tiny one ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. jfree1998 says:

    Love it

  39. Sello Molefi says:

    Love house

  40. Koke says:

    i really loved it

  41. Josie's Journey says:

    LOVE IT!

  42. Bint Dubai says:

    I love this comfy house, very nice and so much light!! BRAVO

  43. Cherolyn Wolf says:

    I really like your house, something calming about ir.

  44. Nati Herron says:

    Interested to see version 3 to accommodate the children as they grow.

  45. jeffy john says:

    As a kid who grew up in the 60s and 70s, it was nothing (acutally) quite average for a family to live in a house under 1000 sqr feet.

  46. J Kush says:

    This would be perfect. You could build the first part then when you some more funds finish it off. So cool. I want the plans!

  47. Vale A. Corzo says:

    Please let me know if you ever put this house on sale. I would love to live there. It's beautiful, and functional. Amazing.

  48. Matt Davenport says:

    This looks like a fun project. Great job you two. Iโ€™m impressed

  49. Fermin Patdu says:

    I do not think it is considered small with just 4 family members. Maybe, not luxury but definitely not tight.

  50. fritz4345 says:

    Wow this is a cool little house.

  51. Marcus Brown says:

    Splendid property and use of space.

  52. Denise Lynn says:


  53. Cindy Lemons says:

    Love this!!!! You guys are great with design! I don't really care for the industrial look, but the way you have juxtaposed the wood with other textures is awesome. Amazing home!!!

  54. Marcus Brown says:

    980 square feet is the first pod? I don't understand. I own a mid century modern ranch that's a 1028sf. It seems smaller than what was shown.

  55. S3 Designs says:

    It looks a lot bigger than 980 sq ft ..

  56. Gaye Blinman says:

    Lovely Home ๐Ÿ˜

  57. K Rod says:

    It would be nice to be able to see the floor plan, so I can build this house in Mexico.

  58. PJ Paran says:

    Love this.
    Is there a way to get the plans for this?

  59. Beatrice A says:

    Such a beautiful organic home, love the flow of it.

  60. cynthia reynolds says:

    If I was watching this & didn't know the sq ft, I would have no idea it was that size, but no one could have done that but talented professionals. Texas is mentioned – I just wondered where this might be because of weather considerations.

  61. Mikki Mack says:

    I like the design, not crazy about 'modern' so much – I prefer Arts and Crafts style but I do love the way they found a place for their books as I am an avid reader and have a lot of books and ran out of bookshelves so are now storing in boxes by author LOL

  62. David Tran says:

    Well done ๐Ÿ‘
    Beautiful design and space

  63. Juan Chaparro says:

    Can you share building cost without land?

  64. Rhon DC says:

    I'm a little worried about the bird figurines that it would fall on your head.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

  65. Connie H. says:

    Wowza…hope you add to the add…wonderful the addition of trees into the mix…not fond of trees being removed for construction…yep super nice!


    Amazing. Best plan ever

  67. tomatostellar says:

    What a beautiful space!

  68. Sushmita Mazumdar says:

    Nice,neat and beautiful

  69. Ryan Johnson says:

    He nailed it' "living in a small home, that's really a luxurious home." I love everything I saw.

  70. Caroline D says:

    lovely house

  71. lichi1244eva says:

    Love love LOVE this home!!!

  72. Jenny A says:

    Love how they designed the bedroom. That would be so nice to lie in bed and still be "outdoors".

  73. Lori Farrell says:

    the house is beautiful !

  74. Andrea Miller says:

    Finally! It's so nice as a reader with lots of books to see small-house owners who actually have books.

  75. R. C. says:

    You can always add on when the girls get older. I would love a home under 1000 sf. Actually, I am thinking of having one built. Great design.

  76. Geraldine Bryce says:

    Love it!

  77. Terry Tay says:

    More important, u sense this is a happy family – so important for children!

  78. Lauren Nicholson says:

    Will you guys build em one?!?! So beautiful!! Love your eye!! My husband loves modern and I love rustic, character and nature… this is a beautiful combination!!

  79. 1 DAWN says:

    Best small scale home I've seen so far. Window cleaning might be a hell of a chore; but the glass house concept adds to the beauty. (I want a home that can fit me + 3) wishful thinking I guess

  80. S Pattanaik says:

    Beautiful house…๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

  81. Tammie Adkisson says:

    Love this house!!!!!!

  82. marzy Marrz says:

    Very neat small home. Itโ€™s different, functional and bright. Well done.

  83. xin chen says:

    hope birds wonโ€™t fall down on their heads while sleeping

  84. angie Vii says:

    Would love to have one like this!

  85. TheNattygyrl says:

    Fantastic home! As someone that has since seen the light since purchasing a home several years ago, I really appreciate smaller homes and how they improve mental well being and balancing life (especially with children). Well done!

  86. jsmartinez07 says:

    It's beautiful! My only question is what about privacy? No window shades?

  87. createnow4U says:

    Can a person get these design plans?

  88. umwali sharon says:

    Beautiful โค๏ธ although I would add doors atleast in the rooms,.. I love privacy ๐Ÿ˜›

  89. Kristofer Milhauser says:

    980 sq ft is small? ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ come on….no.this is average size


    Is only consider small for the people who grew up with a lot and a big house before. This is just a nice house i wish i could afford

  91. IAMAMBERLYRA says:

    This is not a tiny house compared with most property in the UK

  92. Highforcex41 says:

    Is there a floor plan layout? Still trying to see how this house is laid out

  93. MLJ Shell says:

    LOVE โค๏ธ LOVE โค๏ธ LOVE โค๏ธ this home! Iโ€™d love โค๏ธ to live in a house like this one! Awesome ๐Ÿ‘ design!

  94. Judy S says:

    I love the higher Windows behind the sofa making for more privacy.

  95. Benjamin Ben-Shimon says:

    That is a nice house, but it looks like they don't have any privacy or they have very little privacy.

  96. Brenda Kirkland says:

    Your small house ๐Ÿก is impressive and I love everything youโ€™ve done . Good life Good luck ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  97. Cathy B says:


  98. Sara A says:

    I live in Toronto where all the newer 2 bedroom condos are averaging around 750sqft. A space as big as 950sqft is made into three bedrooms. This is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

  99. Matthew Hurst says:

    I'm usually not a fan of tiny houses because of the long term function but I love yours and would love to do the same as I grow older and living more of a simpler lifestyle!!! Great job and thanks for sharing!!

  100. mizzmolly says:

    If a home is laid out the right way, you don't need a lot of square footage.

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