Tag "affordable"

Micro Apartments: 15 Inspirational Tiny Spaces

Could you live in a teeny-tiny apartment barely bigger than the living room of most suburban homes? If your answer is an automatic no, give these 15 well-designed micro apartments a gander. Architects make the most of small spaces using lofts, ultra-compact staircases, slide-outs and multipurpose furniture. You might be surprised how much you can fit into 300 square feet or less – and wait until you see how people

It’s time to order furniture for your micro apartment – Quartz

Construction of New York City’s much-anticipated first micro apartment complex is finally underway. While the photos show how tiny the units are actually going to be, the experience of living in a space as small as 270 sq. ft. arguably depends less on its footprint and more in the accommodations that enable residents to go about their daily routines with ease and comfort, including a good place to sleep. Multi-purpose

Pale utility unit supports mezzanine in a Berlin micro-apartment

A pine unit provides a kitchen, bathroom and mezzanine level for this tiny Berlin apartment designed by two local architects, which also features Art Deco details including a parquet door. Berlin studio Spamroom and architect John Paul Coss were asked to convert a flat measuring just 21 square metres in an early 1900s apartment block in the Berlin district of Moabit. The original layout had suffered from earlier efforts to modernise, said the architects,

5 new home trends for 2015

Think micro-appliances, the latest, greatest energy-efficiency rating, and a shorter commute. The future of home design is looking more and more efficient, compact and customized. While we aren’t quite ready to 3D-print dinner, innovation and invention are at the forefront of building industry trends. Here’s what’s happening on the front lines of home design today based on a tour of the season’s trade shows—and what it means for your house

Micro Apartments Are the Future of Urban Living

To combat the growing housing crisis in major American cities, architects are designing smaller, more efficient apartments that will change the way urbanites live There’s a housing crisis in major American cities: it’s too damn expensive to live in one. In New York City, for example, there are many more single adults –representing a whopping 33 percent of the population–  living alone than there are small, affordable apartments. And there’s

Luxury in a Tomb-Size Hotel Room

For many years the standard complaint about hotel rooms in New York was, “They’re expensive but they’re small,” often uttered with a “What are you going to do about it?” shrug. But hoteliers recently have been making a virtue of that small size, offering tiny yet thoughtfully designed accommodations for around $200 a night, and in some cases well below that. The new rooms are in the “affordable luxury” segment,

Design for downtown living

Smart Storage Design Small-spaced downtown living is nothing new, but there’s a recent craze that’s taking the design world by storm. It’s all about maximizing tiny spaces by using built-in-storage- even for your bed. They’re called micro-condos, so micro that some measure just 288 square feet. With limited space, the idea is to design a home that looks sleek and clutter free by combining multiple rooms into one in a

This Historic Shopping Mall Was Converted Into Tiny, Superchic Lofts

Inside the oldest functioning shopping mall in the United States, you won’t find your usualNordstrom or Hot Dog on a Stick . . . Instead, the Arcade Providence is filled with stylish, affordable apartments. Located in Providence, RI, the community contains 48 microapartments and 17 boutique shops. While most of the tiny lofts boast a mere 225 square feet of space, they cost under $600 per month and contain everything

We Quit Our Jobs, Built a Tiny Home on Wheels, and Hit the Road

In the past few years, tiny homes have proved they can be just as stylish and functional as regular-size homes. Jenna and Guillaume of Tiny House Giant Journey explain their decision to drop everything, build a tiny home on wheels, and travel across the country. Two years ago my partner, Guillaume, and I were both burdened by high rent, a multitude of belongings, college debt, and careers that allowed us

New York City’s Pod Hotel Revolution: The Glamour of Staying Small

Capsule or pod hotels may have been invented in Japan, but they’re being perfected in New York City, and it’s easy to see why. For starters, small rooms translate into small prices — rooms are often around $100 — a boon in a city that has the nation’s highest average room rate in the $250 to $300 range. There is “absolutely a market in NYC of people who don’t want