Small houses that live big

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Professional Builder’s House Review design team balances openness with privacy in its small-home ideas.

June 25, 2013

Glenview Park



Rick Garza, Principal Architect 

RPGA Design Group, Inc.

817.332.9477 ext. 206

Plan size

Total size: 1,362 sf

Garage: 388 sf

Porches: 223 sf

There’s something about feeling warm and cozy in your home, a sentiment that is hard to accomplish with a McMansion. Having a home with only what you need was a common design element during the 1920s through the 1950s. That way of thinking is making its way back into modern day ideals. Although homebuyers want to scale down, the need for three bedrooms— the master, a child’s room, and a guest room or office— is still at the top of the list. Must-have items for the small home include well-equipped kitchens with proximity to the living spaces that make for a workable great room. A house with just 1,300 square feet to work with would seem to be a difficult challenge, but this plan offers the space necessary for everyday purposes. There’s an open living concept with the kitchen, dining, and living room all open to each other.

A. Open concept for a great room feel
B. Bar space for eating and/or entertaining
C. Large master suite with private access to back porch area
D. Soaking tub for a luxury feel in a small home
E. Large storage spaces


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