There are no small houses, only small designers. At least that might be the takeaway when you explore the designs of Houston architecture firm KinneyMorrow. The firm designs spacious contemporary houses, the kind with metal exteriors, straight lines and a refined use of space, yet their most well-known and highly awarded projects are among their smallest. 

That includes the 1880-era house that they moved to a new lot in the Sixth Ward and restored for the firm's office. The 700-square-foot space retains much of the original character of the house, thoughtfully adapted to its modern use. It's the smallest property that will be featured on this weekend's AIA Houston Home Tour—the second-smallest is more than twice its size—but KinneyMorrow architect Michael Morrow says that's important, as homeowners are gravitating more towards slightly smaller, well-planned spaces and homes with a connection to nature. 

"I think it's important to have a smaller house on the tour," says Morrow. "I also think it's important to show a historic house. Not everyone who loves design is looking for or can afford a million-dollar mansion."

The AIA Houston Home Tour takes place Oct. 23-24, 12-6 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($20 for cyclists) and available here.

Photos by Luis Ayala.