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Published April 24, 2010, 12:00 AM

Small Spaces

A review of spaces designed by Chris Hawley of Stahl Architects & Builders


Chris Hawley has designed the basement-level family room of his south Fargo home so that it is multifunctional. It serves as both a theater room and an office.

  • Chris Hawley has designed the basement-level family room of his south Fargo home so that it is multifunctional. It serves as both a theater room and an office.
  • This basement seating area serves multiple functions. The frosted glass wall gives privacy to guests in the bedroom, while still allowing light to enter the seating area.
  • A view from the lower-level guest room in the Chris Hawley home.The bedroom can later become a playroom, office or studio as kids grow up and needs change. All photos courtesy of Gilbertson Photography.
  • Architect Chris Hawley designed this space-efficient home to look like a modernized farmhouse. The detached outbuilding can serve as a workshop, artist's studio, children's playhouse, storage area or third garage.
  • Cupboards, window-seat storage and a coat closet make the most of a smaller entry space in the Nielsen-Heytens home.
  • Electrical outlets are located underneath the kitchen cabinets so they don't interfere with the beauty of the glass-tile backsplash.
  • The master suite includes built-ins and ample storage.
  • The master bath features two sinks and plenty of storage.
  • This bedroom is essentially carbed out of a roof truss, which minimizes the height and use of materials, while improving the efficiency of construction and assembly. The alternative would be to frame a floor, frame the walls and then set a roof truss on top of the walls - doubling the materials and labor to do the second floor and roof. All photos courtesy of Gilbertson Photography.
  • The view from this Chris Hawley-designed cabin, located on Rice Lake near Minot, N.D.
  • A view from the firepit of the cabin Chris Hawley built for his mother.
  • Most of the furniture in the Hawley cabin serves dual purpose. This daybed serves as a couch during the day, converts into a bed at night and provides storage for all of the cabin bedding.
  • Open shelving in the cabin kitchen forces guests to keep a tab on clutter and to use food on the shelves, which eliminates the need for a pantry.
  • The lofted sleeping area of the cabin. The three beds can all push together into one big bed so Hawleys' young cousins can pile into it. All stairs leading up to loft areas are ship ladders to save floor area.
  • Chris Hawley designed this 800-square-foot cabin on his mother's property by Rice Lake, which is near Minot, N.D. All photos in this slide show are courtesy of Gilbertson Photography.
  • Among the space-saving features of the Hawley cabin on Rice Lake: sliding barn doors, no walls or hallways, multifunctional spaces and furnishings and built-ins.