Designer Jessica Helgerson and her family live in this little white house on Sauvie Island near Portland, Oregon. I’m impressed with how they made less than 600 square feet work.
The house was built in the 1940s. When Jessica and Yianni bought it in 2008, it was a rental. They remodeled it without adding to its footprint, and by using mostly reclaimed materials.
They carved out spaces in the main room to serve as the kitchen, dining, and living room. Built-in sofas double as twin beds for guests. Drawers under the sofas hold children’s toys and a wall of shelves houses books and more.
The parents sleep in the loft, and the children’s room has bunk beds. A pull-out closet makes use of the narrow space in the corner.
They built a 1200-square-foot green house on the property and planted vegetable gardens and fruit trees. They also raise chickens, keep bees, and make their own cheese with a little help from their neighbor’s goats and cows.
The house sits on 5 acres, and I’m sure having all that space outside helps! For more photos and information about it and Jessica Helgerson’s design work, visit her website. (Photos by Lincoln Barbour.)