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This 91-Inch House Can Give You Great Small Space Ideas

Don't be deceived by the "Slim House"�"it's packed with awesome features, like a beautiful kitchen, luxurious bathrooms, and its own garden. Take a look!

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Photography: Savills UK website

Have you ever thought of living in one of the tiniest houses in the world, a home so narrow that it is only as wide as a standard wardrobe cabinet? Then you are in luck, because the Slim House, which is only 91 inches (approximately 2.31 meters) in width and 98sqm in floor area, has been posted for sale in the UK, according to this article from its property manager Savills.


This sliver of a home, also called a “gap house” (yes, that’s the one the arrow is pointing at), was a former access area to a horse’s stable. And its diminutive size surprisingly packs a lot of room: the three storeys contain two reception rooms, a kitchen with breakfast room, four bedrooms, a walk-in-closet with a shower room, storage, a loft, and even a 48-foot garden. These can all be yours for a whopping £1 million (approximately 72.7 million pesos)!

If you think that the price tag is a bit too much for a former passageway, you have to know that this house was renovated in 2013 by hip London design firm Alma-Nac, and has been featured in countless home documentaries and shows, such as George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

And the Slim House’s current owner Aimee Luther can attest to the charm and convenience of her tiny space: “This house has a slice of everything but on a slightly slimmer scale and no downsides of having neighbors above or below,” she says. “I have loved living in a fabulous part of SW11 [the house’s district] in the heart of a friendly, local neighborhood and I’ve no doubt that the next owner will have equal pride in owning this piece of architectural brilliance.”

Now if you can’t afford to buy the Slim House, you can definitely get some clever small-space solutions (of course!) from it:

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Add stylish storage, wherever you can.


The Slim House has two reception rooms on the first floor, and guests are given a warm welcome in this stylish entry foyer, which is decked out in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves (with the backing painted gray, for elegant contrast), and a space for bulky coats, to boot. If you look closely, there’s a tiny nook for shoe storage right under the staircase.

Try ledges, or recessed niches.


In lieu of huge cabinets, slim ledges can be found throughout the house, where artwork or tiny knick-knacks can be perched on. In the ground floor living area, there is a niche with an exposed brick wall where a smaller sofa can be nudged into, saving a bit of floor space (the bricks act as an accent, too).

Go for an all-white kitchen.


One of the selling points of this house is its amazing kitchen. Instead of an expected teeny-tiny kitchen, the owners opted for luxurious, galley-type kitchen fitted out with trendy subway tiles and wooden butcher-block-style countertops. The white color scheme also makes the area look more spacious.

Brighten up with natural light.


A recent expansion of the Slim House made it possible to add skylights to the main areas, and now, natural light floods the rooms in the daytime, giving it an airier feel.

Yes, you can have a backyard!


The Slim House makes up for its narrowness with its depth, and so the homeowners were able to accommodate a 48-foot landscaped garden in the backyard complete with flowering shrubs, vines, and even a lounging area! The trick: using vertical trellises for climbing plants. 

Play with textures, patterns, and color. 


The family bathroom offsets its small size with bold, coffee-colored subway tiles with contrasting white grout. The tiny loo also benefits from task lighting, and bathroom mirrors that have medicine cabinets behind them.

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Make your headboard double as a night table.


This tiny home has four (four!) bedrooms, and the bedroom on the topmost floor has two skylights, so that you can fall asleep while staring at the stars. Another feature of the bedroom is it’s built-in ledge, which serves both as the headboard and as the night table complete with outlets for charging gadgets (if the owner would add a table, the queen-size bed would not fit at all).

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