Lisbeth Juul and Laust Nørgaard drew upon their years of experience living on the water to design and build an 860-square-foot floating home in Copenhagen Harbour. The home’s minimal form and furnishings reflect the residents’ desire to downsize following three years on land.
When their three daughters left home, Ilhan and Kamer Eser seized the opportunity to design a new house in the California countryside. The pair of empty nesters relished the freedom a fresh build offered. “Every time you buy a house there is always something you compromise on and just have to live with,” says Ilhan. “So we said, ‘Let’s build what we want, exactly how we want.’”
This growing family in Brooklyn downsized their living space while expanding their collective quality of life. A large metal floating mirror from Restoration Hardware seemingly doubles the 675 square feet of their apartment in Windsor Terrace.
Designer Shannon Baird conceived of this 796-square-foot dwelling off the back of a larger home in Portland. The client, whose children are grown, requested a small home that could double as a work space.
A former 19th-century Baptist church is now home to a pair of empty nesters thanks to an innovative restoration by Alan Organschi and Lisa Gray. Here, the choir loft is transformed into a master bedroom and bath, thanks to a birch “pod.”