Tag "space"

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

Enjoy Some Extremely Tiny Living In These 173-Square-Foot Micro Apartments

When most people talk about decreasing the size of their carbon footprint, they think about driving less, composting more, or eating locally. What doesn’t often get considered is how much personal space we are taking up on this planet. Treehugger founder and wealthy entrepreneur Graham Hill’s sermon on “small living” lit up the TED talk circuit last year after he gave up a Seattle mansion to shack up in a

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

12 Space-Saving Items That Are Perfect For A ‘Micro Apartment’

New Yorkers got a look at the future of city living this morning when Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the winning design for 300-square-foot “micro apartments” being built as an affordable housing option for singles. The units, which will be constructed in Kips Bay, will range from 250- to 370 square feet. According to the plans, some will have Murphy beds and sofa beds to optimize the space. Fortunately, there are some

Enjoy Some Extremely Tiny Living In These 173-Square-Foot Micro Apartments

When most people talk about decreasing the size of their carbon footprint, they think about driving less, composting more, or eating locally. What doesn’t often get considered is how much personal space we are taking up on this planet. Treehugger founder and wealthy entrepreneur Graham Hill’s sermon on “small living” lit up the TED talk circuit last year after he gave up a Seattle mansion to shack up in a

Inside Treehouse & Cabin Turn Brooklyn Loft Into Two-Bedroom Space

When confronted with a large open loft space, one’s initial reaction may be to use walls or dividers to divvy up the space. Not so for architects Deborah and Terri Chiao of New York and Philadelphia-based design and research collaborative Katz Chiao. The pair eschewed the wall and turned a residential loft in Brooklyn into an intimate haven by building in an elevated treehouse and cabin, still leaving enough shared

Before & After: A Small, Narrow Bedroom Gets Everything It Needs

  Small bedrooms are always a challenge but a very narrow room has particular design obstacles to overcome. This bedroom, a former maid’s room in a pre-war building, is only 5’7″ – less than the length of a typical twin bed. The solution? A lofted space for sleeping leaving ample room for a workspace and storage for the young occupant. Casa Kids in Brooklyn took on this project with designer

Agenda 21 Update: Why Bike Lanes and Small Apartments Are All Part Of The Plot

  After I did my roundup of the people and the groups behind the Anti-Agenda 21 movement, a commenter noted that I didn’t mention Rosa Koire of Democrats against UN Agenda 21. She claims to be a civil rights advocate, pro choice, pro gay marriage, but says Agenda 21 transcends party lines. She explains why bike lanes are a problem: Bikes. What does that have to do with it? I

Surprising New Trend in American Apartment Size

How much space do you need? Do you prefer a palace of an apartment? Or could you live in a micro unit that’s barely big enough to spin around in? Find your perfect apartment now! When it comes to apartment size in the United States, the traditional wisdom has been that bigger is better. But in different countries across the globe, tiny apartment spaces are typical. Find out how your

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