Twistoff Design LLC

Merrill Leonard, owner of Twistoff Design, is trained in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and experienced in residential design/build. She has also held design roles focused on the user experience from exhibits to graphics to branding. Returning to her architecture roots, Merrill puts that user perspective to work in her small home plans.


Home plans have historically been designed for speculative builders who prefer a "one size fits all" plan. Merrill's method is to prioritize homeowner lifestyle needs and build the design around that, because with small, every square inch matters.

We begin with one plan offering while developing several others on the boards. Please contact Merrill to talk about user centric design or offer your suggestion for a lifestyle plan.

Small is our mantra. Not tiny. Small. We are currently working on some initiatives...


  • Each plan going forward will be based on Universal Design, adaptable for aging in place. There's no reason why everyone can't enjoy a small home.

  • Identify prefab builders who will deliver modular homes or panelized kits from the ilovesmallhomes plans. This is especially useful when building in busy construction markets or more challenging site locations. Building a new home can be stressful. With prefab, the process is simplified, lead time drops and cost may also be reduced, based on initial research. 

  • Continue to develop Small Wonderlust, a blog for outfitting small homes with referrals to furniture, appliances and tips for living small. Your suggestions are most welcome. 

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