On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer, with the help of his daughter, built not only a room but an entire green getaway of his own. The interior is clad exclusively in white pine, the diagonal orientation adding visual interest to the neutral palette. The resident's designer daughter sourced utilitarian features like cattle fencing and plumbing pipe for the loft sleeping area.
Jay Austin’s Matchbox house is only eight feet wide but feels bigger, thanks to a well-organized interior. A skylight over the lofted bed and some clever storage moves, including magnetized spice containers overhead, help maximize space.
Not a square inch of storage is lost in Michael Pozner’s not-quite-500-square-foot aerie in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Of the seven steps leading up to the sleeping area, five contain drawers.
At this renovated 1900s barn outside of San Francisco, two bedrooms flank a petite loft space, bringing the apartment's total sleeping spaces to three.
While a lofted sleeping space, as seen in this tiny mobile home, may leave little head space, it can be a particularly cozy option. A Velux skylight lets in natural light.
With clever storage, a lofted sleeping area, and a retractable skylight, this London apartment feels larger than its 576 square feet.
"He’s good at puzzles,” says Wonbo Woo of his father, architect Kyu Sung Woo. That makes Wonbo a fortunate son, as the spatial challenge posed by the 30-year-old ABC News producer’s loft—which his father had offered, as the ultimate in housewarming gifts, to redesign—was puzzling indeed. The solution: an enormous sleeping loft that sat atop a five-foot-high storage enclosure.
Tasked with transforming a 93-square-foot brick boiler room, built in 1916, into a guesthouse, architect and metalworker Christi Azevedo flexed her creative muscle. “I like the ideas of a bed as an alcove, natural light on two sides of a room, varying ceiling heights, and different levels of privacy,” says Azevedo. The three levels of the house transition from public to private: The ground floor is composed of the kitchen and living-dining area; the bathroom and closet occupy the mezzanine; and the sleeping loft hovers a couple steps above.\