Big & Small House proves less really can mean more
Though a large imposing house may draw admiring glances, it’s also generally expensive, and a waste of resources for a smaller family. Los Angeles-based Big & Small House by Anonymous Architects bucks the trend of sizable LA residences, and instead offers an example of small living at its most practical and appealing.
In a somewhat similar fashion to the Like A Houseboat residence, Big & Small House sits atop four concrete stilts, reducing the footprint of the building’s foundations to under 20 square-feet (1.85 sq m). This frees at least some of the land beneath the house for potential use, which is a significant gain when working with a site half the size of the usual minimum for an LA home.
The 1,200-sq ft (111 sq-m) building area of Big & Small House follows the asymmetric parallelogram shape of the site. Therefore the interior features unusual geometry, making for a striking home and space-saving opportunities.
In order to turn the modest dimensions of Big & Small House into a veritable Tardis, Anonymous Architects used a few novel tricks, such as folding furniture and the use of partitions instead of sealed walls to impart a feeling of open space.
The single-story (plus loft and adjoining single-car parking garage) home was completed in April, 2012.
Source: Anonymous Architects via Fast Co.Design
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The columns it sits on use only 20 sq. ft. leaving the land under This frees at least some of the land beneath the house for potential use, which is a significant gain when working with a site half the size of the usual minimum for an LA home.
What exactly do you want to grow under there…magic mushrooms…
The whole problem with the L.A. and other affluent egotistical societies that have become accustomed to the BIGGER is BETTER…
Waste not want not, my humble plot of land has a building area of 24 x 32= 768sq. ft. on the ground floor. The building is considered a 1 ½ story, with a finished 624sq. ft. basement. The upper floor is 488 sq. ft.
Total living space 1952 sq. ft. it has 5 bedrooms, & 2 full bathrooms which is a minimum for the now 6 adults living in this place for 25 years now.
Yes it’s small, but the family that grows up together in these tight quarters and still plays together, is quite something when compared to sprawling typical homes.