There's something to be said for living small and clutter-free, but most people want the benefits of a tiny house lifestyle without actually having to cram into 250 square feet. Realtor. com's Jennifer Geddes presents five tiny house design tips and tricks that can easily be applied to a regular single family build. 1. Carve out storage in surprising placesTake a tip from tiny houses, where storage space is at a premium, and make use of every square inch. “My husband cut into the stairs to make shelving for our shoes,” says Julie Coraccio, a professional organizer at Reawaken Your Brilliance in Raleigh, NC.