Tiny homes may be trending in 2021, but the idea of living small—especially in forever-overpriced Vancouver—has had appeal for decades. Back in 2001, we ran a feature on a trio of sub-1,000-square-foot lots (bottom right), with homeowners who managed to squeeze Japanese sculptures, chandeliers and, heck, even a kid into spaces that looked far roomier than the floor plan would have you think.
In the ensuing years, Western Canadian architects and designers only further honed their gift for thinking big with a small footprint as laneway homes increased in popularity. Take this asymmetrical, open-concept stunner from Campos Studio, with clever storage and a flood of daylight, clocking in at just 592 square feet and punching far above its weight: it’s a pocket-sized dream home that inspires us all to rethink what it means to live large.
The best small spaces offer flexibility. In the Campos Studio–designed laneway, custom-cut upholstered foam turns built-in millwork cabinets into a cozy L-shaped sofa by day, but remove the back cushions and you’ve got a guest bed for the grandkids.