Stacey and Ben’s 920 sqft Raleigh Townhome

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Stacey and Ben Plans

Describe your place:

Our location is incredibly convenient. We love being within walking distance of most everything we really need. Our proximity to the downtown center allows us to spend less time in the car, which is always a plus. Our home is part of a community. We live in close proximity to others and share both a courtyard space full of beautiful, mature trees and lots of wildlife as well and secondary space for grilling and growing a garden.

With sun exposure on three sides, our interior space receives an impressive amount of daylight. With a little less than 1,000 square feet, we are strategic with our purchases and reduce clutter as much as possible. Because every inch counts, our place is filled with things that are truly our style.

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What do you love about your space?:

The quality of daylight that channels through our windows, its proximity to coffee shops and the park, and that it’s sincerely us. We are cultivating a life here.

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How would you improve your space?:

I would reduce clutter even more! While we have some amazing built-ins from previous dwellers, storage is always at a premium. Decorating has been a process. We are still rearranging and adding to our walls, in particular.

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What do you like best about small living?:

We like spending time together so we really love our cozy dwelling. Small living inspires us to spend our free time outside and really living rather than spending it in the confines of our home.

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Tips for fellow and potential small-space dwellers:

Be strategic with storage and organizing your possessions. Invest in items that you love; after all, there is less space to fill. Tidy up each day. Reduce clutter as much as possible. If possible, choose a dwelling with access to a greenspace and within walking distance to your favorite spots.

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Anything else you would like to share?:

We make it work no matter the challenge. Our best stories involve building furniture in our living room or on the picnic table outside with extension cords galore. Small living encourages us to reduce our possessions and instead spend our days creating experiences.

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More about us:

Stacey: Day job – a designer working at Citrix. After hours – my favorite times are spent exploring the triangle, tasting confections at my favorite chocolatier (Escazu), practicing photography and delving more into the world of graphic design.

Ben: Day job – Product Manager. After hours – until recently he spent his after hours in graduate school, now he has rekindled his affection for running and spends his days cooking with fresh herbs from our urban garden, and partaking in local daily adventures.

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A note from Nicole:

Stacey and Ben’s place has such a pleasant atmosphere. It is filled with daylight from three sides making the original wood floors glow. Functionally speaking, the layout makes for generously open living spaces, while providing ample storage (including a murphy bed!).

What I admire most is their long-term commitment in making this their home. This townhome is a comfortable size right now for a couple, and it will be able to accommodate a growing family in their future – a truly sustainable model. They have taken their time selecting furniture and decorations that are beautiful, meaningful, and fit their home perfectly. Everything is in its right place!

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7 thoughts on “Stacey and Ben’s 920 sqft Raleigh Townhome

  1. I’m so impressed by the lack of clutter in this home! It’s sparse but so welcoming and homey at the same time. I love how the floor space is visible underneath the furniture. I was really inspired by what you said in your documentary about things, that we will naturally acquire things and go through an editing process. With kids it’s so hard to be that “minimalist” I used to be before becoming a mom, because kids are always bringing their tons of gear, school papers, artwork, projects, sports equipment, etc. into the home. When you said that I thought: YES! I need to stop stressing the stuff coming in and focus more on the editing out, it’s an ongoing process in a small space home! We have kept the same 900 square foot home even after three children, we really want to make it work. Do you have any plans on featuring a small home with children? I’d be in heaven if you ever decided to! Thanks again Nicole, I love this beautiful blog!

    • Hi lisaeggs – Thanks for your comment!

      I agree, Stacey and Ben decorated their home so well, keeping it airy and clean and having few but intentional items in their home.

      Kids are messy and there’s no way around it, but that’s ok! Big bins to throw toys in and corkboards for artwork are a couple ideas for working with (not against) the clutter. You live in a home, not a minimalist magazine, after all!

      Yes, I’d love to include homes with kids. I have one in mind for a future post. I have much respect for families like yours choosing to stay in their small homes even as their family grows. Your kind words mean so much to me. That’s encouragement enough to keep my blog going 🙂 Thanks!

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