Living Large in Small Spaces – Creating a Tiny Paradise


Key West has a booming real estate market, and we all enjoy the eye candy of multi-million dollar properties — whether or not they will ever become our reality. More common, in the nooks and crannies of our island, are charming small spaces. Many of us are challenged to think creatively about how to make the most out of the least square footage. These four island homes do a wonderful job of making “small” seem spacious. 


Tiny Pearl 

The smallest of our small spaces. In only 280 (!) square feet, great light and maximum use of space make this lofted apartment appear breezy and open. 

Using glass, like this glass shower stall and the sliding doors out to the patio, opens up the space and bring the outdoors in. Contributed
The loft bedroom, reached by ladder, has beautiful wood floors and ceiling, creating a feeling reminiscent of a boat. The ceiling fan circulates air to prevent stuffiness. Contributed
A long narrow floor plan creates the illusion of space. Contributed


A Little Drama off Duval

This space is down an alleyway entrance from Duval Street, but its owners have created a haven away from the noise. With touches of whimsy and pops of color, this 350-square-foot charmer sparkles. 

Stained glass lanterns (from eBay) and other hanging elements create drama and don’t take up space. Notice the pots and pans are hung up.
Outdoor space is key in maximizing downtown living. Here, a petite balcony features hanging succulents and ample chairs for outdoor cocktails. Contributed
A smart L-shaped couch maximizes space and seating. Bonus: A trundle bed hidden inside for guests.


The Rustic, Refined

These owners discovered a small barn on their newly purchased Casa Marina property and decided to transform it into a petite paradise. It was such a success, they live in the bungalow and rent the main house. Rustic charm remains — exposed beams and an outdoor shower — while touches of luxury, like stained glass and a lovely pool, punctuate. 

Believe it or not, this kitchen was a closet! They converted it, and now doing the dishes offers an idyllic view. Contributed
Lounging furniture surrounding the pool adds an outdoor living space amid a beautifully manicured tropical garden. Contributed
Dubbed “Delano’s Bungalow” for their beloved dog, the super high ceilings and streaming light make the space seem far larger than its 526 square feet.


Color and Clean Lines

A recent renovation, this 640-square-foot charmer on the south end of the island stays streamlined and clutter-free through smart use of color and storage. Hardwood floors and masculine furniture are set off by pretty white shutters and an aquamarine color scheme. 

The owner renovated with an eye for using every square inch of space. The kitchen features extra deep cabinets, a built in wine rack, and a cozy bar for two. Contributed
A slim white desk against the wall makes a home office part of the primary living space. Contributed
Repeat after me: Outdoor living space! Outdoor living space! Contributed

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