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Placed on a 3,100 square foot lot, the tiny studio was a labor of love for both John McBride, a carpenter, and Sarah. They sourced all of their own materials and did the design and the construction, which allowed them to tweak details as they went along. One of the biggest challenges was the odd shape, which was necessary to maximize interior space despite the mini footprint.

In addition to using salvaged materials, Sarah used no VOC paints, stains and finishes, denim insulation and formaldehyde-free fiberglass, and a large south-facing window is shaded by a Buckeye tree that keeps the place cool in summer. This combined with a high window creates a comfortable microclimate throughout the year. Sarah says if she gets cold, she’ll bring in a large dog or do ten jumping jacks, and the insulation retains the generated heat!

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Images via Lenny Gonzalez