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A Woman Bought A House The Size Of A Garage – But Inside She’s Turned It Into Something Spectacular

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For most people, 362 square feet is the size of their garage. But for Whitney Leigh Morris and her husband, Adam Winkleman, those dimensions were just enough to create an incredible home on the canals in Venice, California.
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To Morris, creativity is a way of life. Not only has she engineered a functional home out of minimal square footage, but she also owns her own business, through which she provides creative direction for clients. She also runs a blog and Instagram based on tiny-home living, the latter of which has 125,000 followers.
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Morris’ home, a 1924 craftsman-style cottage where she’s lived since 2011, required her out-of-the-box thinking to make it work for her entire family. Not only do she and her husband live there, but so do their rescued beagles, Stanlee and Sophee, as well as their son West.
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Fortunately, the cottage did come with a few assets of its own. There is storage all over the house – for example, there are drawers beneath the bed and couch, which came with the place. “We love the space-maximizing built-ins,” Morris told Apartment Therapy. “They are incredibly well thought-out, as are the interior pocket doors.”
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Another pro: the home’s plethora of windows and doors, which Morris cited as her favorite element of the craftsman. “When the entire house is opened up, we enjoy the coastal breeze and feel as though we’re outside,” she said.
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Even with these existing pros, Morris would have to take her and her husband’s differing styles into consideration as she reworked her tiny home. “His aesthetic is modern and refined, while mine is more rustic and warm. Both Adam and I like to keep things simple,” she said.

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They would have to keep it simple too, with a mere 362 square feet to work with. The property had only three indoor rooms: a bedroom, a bathroom and a living room-kitchen area. This meant some spaces would do double duty too, since the couple aspired to create a place where they could live and work.
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Moving into the bedroom was pretty cut and dry, since it came with a built-in bed and surrounding shelving. Morris did recount one difficulty though. “Before we moved in together, Adam had a king mattress and I had a double, while the built-in was made for a queen,” she said.
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“Not wanting to buy yet another mattress, we decided to cut Adam’s memory-foam king down to fit. We tried several power tools before learning that a standard bread knife was by far the easiest solution,” Morris recalled.
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Later on, the couple had to reconfigure the bedroom to make room for their new baby. “We did what many small-space dwellers do and opted to convert our closet into his little room,” Morris wrote on her blog, The Tiny Canal Cottage, in 2016.
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That meant they had to move their clothing storage to an unexpected location: the yard outside of their cottage. They got rid of about half of their existing wardrobe before hanging the remaining clothes in a cedar garden shed.
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Another area that underwent a renovation was the cottage’s kitchen. Morris didn’t tackle it until her son started eating solid foods. “We’re finding ourselves spending more and more time in the kitchen together, and I started getting actively annoyed by the countertops. The conditions of the sink, faucet and walls all started to stab at my eyeballs, too,” she wrote on her blog in 2017.
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Morris replaced the dark countertops with simple, bright Torquay and added a pale grey backsplash of rectangular tiles with just enough sheen to reflect light. With that, the galley-style kitchen, which includes prep space and a full eat-in bar with two stools, instantly matched the airy style of the rest of the home.
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From there, the kitchen flows right into the living room, with a built-in sofa that backs into the countertop dining area. The couch did present some issues to Morris, she told Apartment Therapy. “It’s a headache. It’s the perfect size for us – we are both very tall – but it’s tough to keep clean,” she said.
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Because the piece is custom, they’re limited to the updates they can make. “The large and unique dimensions of the couch cushions require custom, oversize covers, and we’ve had a tough time finding something within our budget,” Morris said.
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Still, the couch serves as both a place to relax and as seating for extra-large dinners. Morris can easily set up a table in the middle of the L-shaped sofa and surround it with chairs on all sides.
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Across from the sofa – and on the wall shared between the living room and bedroom – Morris has her workspace. “During the day, this is my messy and colorful graphic design office. In the evenings, it’s our calm, cozy dining room,” she said.
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Although that’s all the floor space indoors, Morris took great advantage of her home’s outdoor area, too. Aside from the added closet, the family has a porch playroom and space for tables and seating. There they enjoy the Venice weather, which Morris described as “warm and gorgeous” in an Instagram post.

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Thanks to all of their changes, Morris said, “We’ve somehow balanced our tastes to create a home-office that is perfect for us as a couple.” Their lifestyle has simplified to mirror their tiny home, too. “[We] have to be super aware and deliberate with what we put where and that’s become really infectious, and it’s permeated all other aspects of my job,” she told This is Ground.
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And it seems as though Morris and her family have no plans to give up their tiny-house lifestyle anytime soon. In a January 2018 blog post, she revealed that she and Winkleman had acquired another tiny craftsman, the twin to their own home that’s just eight feet away. They plan to use it as lodging for her parents when they come to town.

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