Chapel Hill News

January 27, 2015 3:20 PM

Small, sensible, stylish

When she lived in New York City, she rented a space the size of a walk-in closet. When she graduated from architecture school in 1987, she bought and renovated “a tiny mill house in Hillsborough.” “I took out a few strategic walls and put in a huge south-facing window that lit up the whole house,” architect Arielle C. Schechter said. “After renovation, that 850-square-foot house felt brighter and more open than houses many times its size. I put money into details that made a difference, like better materials. It was built in the early 1900’s, but renovating it in the late 1980’s taught me a lot about what a small house could be.”

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