Billie’s ‘Big’ Little House

by Kent Griswold on March 6th, 2008. 12 Comments
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Billie McKig homeowner in Berkeley, California, describes her little house as “perfect” and “just ideal.” Not an inch of space is wasted; built-ins provide a TV area and her walk-in closet holds a modern washer/dryer combo. At 540 sq. ft., her home is compact yet comfortable says McKig.

Walk through the house with Billie in the flash movie.
Berkeley Architect, John Hopkins says: “Although zoning requirements restricted the cottage to 540 sq. ft. and the site included a California live oak tree that had to be protected, Hopkins was able to create a home that’s both compact and comfortable. The floor plan eliminates wasted space and consolidates many functions into as few rooms as possible. Maximizing the ceiling height takes the onus off a small space, and the use of ceiling-height windows and doors adds to the expansive feeling. Outside, meanwhile, a large deck nearly doubles the living space.”

Visit Hopkins Studio to see more pictures of his work.




Living Room


March 6th, 2008and filed in Stick Built, Your Story
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12 Responses to “Billie’s ‘Big’ Little House”

  1. Love it. Thanks for sharing, Kent.

  2. Ethan says:

    Looks great! It’s tough to design a house that doesn’t waste space.

  3. AJ says:

    That is so beautiful! I love all the natural wood and bright sunlight, and how spacious and uncluttered it looks!!

  4. Ketdryn says:

    This is a beautiful 540 square feet. The floor plan alone wouldn’t have done it justice. Thanks for supplying pictures.

  5. Richard Schramm says:

    I was wondering if you were going to put the plans up for sale. This footprint would fit the needs of my wife and I to a “T” We are looking for a house then would blend into the environment. Please write.


    Richard & Rebecca

  6. Bob Dansby says:


    This is a beautiful home. I, too, would love to buy a copy of the plans to build a similar home in Georgia.

    Thank you.

  7. Bob Dansby says:

    Hi Kent,

    Thank you so much.


  8. Dave says:

    I love this as well. I am considering options for my aging father. This would work incredibly well. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Bob H says:

    Just amazing. Lots of style for a small home.

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