Could you live in a tiny home/apartment?

  • metta

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    Jul 31, 2012 9:30 PM GMT

    How to Live in a Micro-Apartment



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    Jul 31, 2012 11:44 PM GMT
    Before the bitch died I was planning on living aboard with my best bud in a small boat. Not 200 sq but less than 600 sf on about 50 ft x 12 ft surrounded by water.

    Currently one of the houses I'm rehabbing to rent is just over 600 sf and, having lived aboard in my youth, I'm very conscious of utilizing every bit of space. So out went the bathroom sink and installed went the vanity with drawers and cabinet. Out went the solid doors and in went glass doors to open the place up. Tore out the flooring and put in a continuous floor to give a sense of flow. Opened wall between kitchen and living room. Recently tore out the lower kitchen cabinet with the loss of its dead corner space and got new lower cabinets including a corner lazy suzan. Little things add up big in small spaces.

    New front door brings the outdoors in by extending the eye's view beyond the interior walls....
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    New lower kitchen cabinets to utilize what was dead corner space...
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    I wound up with more cabinets in this small kitchen than many larger kitchens enjoy
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    Also I'm installing a 10-inch deep sink which is also a big kitchen feature. It doesn't take away any more space than a small sink but gives the sense of being bigger (& better hides dirty dishes from uninvited visitors). Plus I got one with an extra hole for a soap dispenser so the tenant won't need to use counter space for a soap bottle.
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    Jul 31, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    I couldn't live in that small a space. I'm currently in a 680 square-foot suite, and could cope with anything that was at least 500.

    One of the tricks is to *definitely* not fill it up with too much crap.
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    Jul 31, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    Yes, yes I could.
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    Jul 31, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    I have before. The key to making them work is built-in furniture. Much regular-sized stuff just won't fit.

    One of those places was actually the back porch of an old house. That one kind of sucked. No built-ins and no control over the thermostat. Plus my computer took up half of it - way before laptops were invented.

    Another one, about the same size was really comfortable. I could reach out and stir the soup on the stove without getting out of the shower. Not exaggerating. But there was lots of storage and built-in furniture. That was actually a pretty good place. The story was that it was "temporary" BOQ housing built during WWII.

    In fact, that's pretty much what living on the boat is like too. A place for everything and everything securely stowed out of sight.
  • BuggEyedSprit...

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    Jul 31, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    Perfect; the taller the ceilings, the better!icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 01, 2012 12:19 AM GMT
    I do NOT want to discuss this!!! grin!
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    Aug 01, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
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    Aug 01, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    1969er said


    That is awesome. But he needs to get rid of all the jewel boxes for his CDs to create more storage space along those shelves.

    The smallest space I've lived in was 600 sq feet and that wasn't too bad. The first couple's place would drive me nuts, but the loft does add some good space variation to not make me go completely crazy.
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    Aug 01, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    With ease, but not with pleasure.
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    Aug 01, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    My apartment is just over 300sf, and I absolutely love it. The challenge of putting together a space that's functional and aesthetically appealing is fun, although storage has definitely always been an issue.

    Plus, cleaning the entire space takes about 20 minutes. Boom.
  • Thegenuineart...

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    Aug 01, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    My apartment is probably about 500 Square foot, my last studi was about 380, honestly I love my place, nice kitchen and balcony if I had another 200 square feet or they even just reconfigured it wall off the bedroom It would be perfect.
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    Aug 01, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    I never thought I could live in a tiny apartment until I moved into my 15m2 (about 160 s.f.) apartment in France. I think the legal limit is actually 10m2. But after a while you get used to it. And there are plenty of other people living in spaces just like yours. Now the problem is that I'm back in the states, in a 700 s.f. apartment and I have no idea how to furnish the place. It just seems like so much space.
  • conservativej...

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    Aug 01, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    No, and hell no. It requires space to properly place all of my belongings. Besides, Jar Head is sill wih me and he requires room to romp in the house away from the heat.
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    Aug 01, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    Love that Hong Kong pad. What a cool idea.

    Here I need a place for my gardening tools. But I could see living small in a big city. Every so often I think about selling out and moving to Thailand. Many expats there live in studio apartments, basically glorified hotel rooms with only a fridge but no kitchen or even if a kitchen it can be tiny with not even an oven. Instead they rely on the street food vendors and numerous inexpensive restaurants such that eating out is often cheaper than cooking at home.

    I still like fussing a bit and I want to do one more career but I can see myself living like that one day. Or at least living like that for part of the year. How much space do you need? And I love the idea of cleaning your entire place in 20 minutes. I was never into things. Sometimes I think I only bought another house so I could have a place to store stuff. Dumb. Living small just sounds very freeing. I just had to do a new roof and just yesterday some surges knocked out my garage door opener. I can see a time in the future when I won't mind having one less thing to be concerned with.
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    Aug 01, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    Put it in the right locale and I'm all over it.
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    Aug 01, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
    Yes, I used to live in Army barracks.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 01, 2012 3:03 AM GMT
    That's actually bigger then a couple of places I lived
  • Jasonblue

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    Aug 01, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    I could make it work, but it wouldn't be fun. I'm having problems enough in this 900s/f apartment. (Between my workout room and needing space for my books.)
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    Sep 13, 2012 11:47 AM GMT
    Our apartment is 376 square feet and I love it. Fortunately we have tall ceilings and lots of light coming in (our place faces East and isn't blocked by taller buildings). I work from home, but never feel cramped. I've learned to scale down and to go paperless for work. I burned all of my CDs to my external hard drive, so I don't need them taking up space. We recently redid our "office" area and it feels much more roomy. We bought console tables, removed the legs, put smaller legs in the front, and mounted the back to the wall.
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    Sep 13, 2012 11:53 AM GMT
    East_Village_Idiot saidOur apartment is 376 square feet and I love it. Fortunately we have tall ceilings and lots of light coming in (our place faces East and isn't blocked by taller buildings). I work from home, but never feel cramped. I've learned to scale down and to go paperless for work. I burned all of my CDs to my external hard drive, so I don't need them taking up space. We recently redid our "office" area and it feels much more roomy. We bought console tables, removed the legs, put smaller legs in the front, and mounted the back to the wall.


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    376 square feet...at least it's on Manhattan
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:12 PM GMT
    I just bought a "compact" (a little less than 40 square metres) apartment in Sydney. It was built in the 20s/30s so fortunately features high ceilings and big windows. However, there is also a huge communal roof deck with pretty awesome views, so that provides a bit more space...

    Speaking of tiny spaces...

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    Sep 13, 2012 12:37 PM GMT
    I could for sure as long as the space was priced at a premium just for the sake of being cool and new age.
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    Sep 13, 2012 1:04 PM GMT
    This is the worst I've seen:


    It reminds me of living in a college dorm.
  • dalwriter

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    Sep 13, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    I love small spaces. If I could, I would move into one of those showrooms they have at IKEA, the "Living in 300 square feet" kind.

    Unfortunately it's really hard to make it work when the space is poorly designed. Most apartments you'll find here have too much closet space, and they all have the sink and a bar between the kitchen and the living area, which really kills the space.