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8 Smart Ideas for Small Bathrooms

OVAL SINK In a Lake Martin, Alabama,lake house bathroomdesigned by Bill Ingram, an oval-shaped sink by Toto is softer — more like a bowl — and gives you more counter space than a square. WASHSTAND WITH TOWEL BARS “I love this washstand from Waterworks, because I can hang wet towels without having to have towel bars everywhere,” designer Barry Dixon says of the bathroom in a Washington, D.C. row house.

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

Complete Mini Kitchens

Building a tiny house kitchen can be time consuming depending on your carpentry skills and what you choose to put into it. Costs can skyrocket if you have expensive tastes and hire professionals to help. One option is to get a complete prebuilt kitchen unit – although even these range in price from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. For example the Kitchen Armoire pictured here costs about $8,000,

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

325 sq. ft. Micro Apartment Coming to Museum of the City of New York as Part of Small Living Exhibit

An example of the kind of transforming furniture that might be included in the exhibit. Photo: Resource Furniture With life expectancy at an all-time high for New Yorkers and the loss of hundreds of homes after Hurricane Sandy, there have been some serious concerns about where and how we’re all supposed to keep living here together. Interest in smaller dwellings as a solution had already been growing since before the