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Small Is Beautiful

Magazine article Sunset

Small Is Beautiful

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THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME

An architect and a designer made a compact house airy and smart

When it came to buying a home, Kent and Pam Greene had high standards and a modest budget. As trained architects, the Greenes wanted a lightfilled, open home. But new jobs and a baby meant time and money were in somewhat short supply.

Another deficit: home-improvement skills. "Just because you are an architect doesn't mean you know how to do it yourself," Kent says. So the remodeling became a sort of postgraduate tutorial through trial and error. "I had to learn how to do everything, and it's made me better at my job."

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The Greenes' hints

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* Take your time looking. The Greenes had a budget of $130,000, and it took a year and a half to find the right house. "We were looking for something that would lend itself to modern design," Kent says.

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* Be creative, After buying the house, the family had slightly more than $15,000 budgeted to spend on improvements. …

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