How One S.F. Family Makes Their Tiny Home Work

Photo: Courtesy of Patricia Chang for Curbed SF.
Anyone who lives in a small space will tell you that to create a comfortable living situation, you have to become a pro at maximizing square footage. So, when we saw a San Francisco family of three's adorable (and tiny!) Bernal Heights apartment, we knew it was bound to be full of space-saving inspiration — proving all it takes is a little imagination. 

According to Curbed SF, the trio's cozy cottage originally clocked in at 426 square feet when it was built in 1926. At that time, it was pretty much a studio apartment. The most recent occupant divided the garage below to create a small bedroom, then added houseboat-inspired stairs connecting the cottage to it, and, just like that, a one-bedroom was born. This upped the size of the place to about 700 square feet — still relatively tiny for a family.

Current occupants Jess and Michele have taken their space-saving skills to the next level. The two sectioned off the new garage-turned-room, making for a part-nursery, part-bedroom situation by lining one wall with reclaimed wood and adding a sliding curtain to create privacy. They've also converted an outdoor shed into an office, use the living room as a guest room, and have tons of furniture with built-in storage sprinkled throughout their home.

See more pictures of the Bernal Heights pad over at Curbed — and, don’t be surprised if this sparks an idea or two!

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