My Fascination with Small Living Spaces...

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My Fascination with Small Living Spaces...
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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 10:51pm

I found another example of a small apartment on a website I visit often.  Here are photos of a 240 square foot apartment

http://www.improvisedlife.com/2013/03/25/house-tour-clever-expansive-240-sq-ft-apt-cabin/

I think I am so fascinated with small apartment spaces because it's such an example of the creative ingenuity of the most use of small space.  But also because I am at a point in life that I'm kind of attracted to the idea of doing less housework!  It looks all so very manageable.  LOL.  The only thing I don't like in this diminutive apartment is that there is no table per se (just a counter space for eating) and I would like a proper table to sit guests around.  And the washing machine in that cubby hole looks like it would be a bit too hard to deal with... and where's the dryer?  Did I miss that, or is it hidden behind another part of the sliding door?  Maybe.  Then again, what a handsome looking little apartment! 

So there ya go...more teeny tiny spaces!

Shirley

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Tue, 03-26-2013 - 9:24am

I know about this because the Mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg, has been getting architects to renovate or design NYC buildings with tiny apartments in them to make them "affordable"  Don't get me started with his politics - between his banning large soda drinks, closing public schools, etc. - what's next up his sleeve.  Anyway, the premise behind Bloomberg's "small apartment living" is because regular size apartments are too expensive for the average wage earner & he wants to claim how "affordable NYC living is"  Please, give me a f--- break!  Bloomberg can well afford NYC's lifestyle, but he doesn't get that a single person living in one of those tiny apartments that he claims is "affordable" has to be working on Wall Street or in sone job making $100,000/yr.  There's no way somebody earning approx. $75,000. or less would want to live in one of those tiny apartments, because that person couldn't afford to do anything outside.  Now that I've vented, whew! let me give you my solution to NYC's housing.  1. It would be a LOT CHEAPER if NYC would invest money cleaning up some neighborhoods in the other boroughs i.e. Bedford Stuyvesant & Flatbush (Brooklyn), Jamaica (Queens) & the South Bronx.  If NYC could build some neighborhood after school centers for students to go to until their parents came home from work, I guarantee the low income neighborhoods would turn around.  The issue is to get students off the streets & to have a place to go to from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.  There are so many neighborhoods that would be worth living in, but for decades, only the welfare type of people lived there.  2. These neighborhoods need major corporations to invest opening up stores & healthy ones.  I'm talking about Whole Foods, grocery stores featuring healthy food items, Target, etc.  Instead of spending money on lottery, cigarettes, junk food, etc., we need to get these people to spend money on healthy products.  OK, I need to go - getting dh upset with typing.. 

Kathy

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Tue, 03-26-2013 - 11:35am

Wow! That IS a beautiful little apartment, with all that gorgeous wood. But so tiny...I wonder if the square footage includes the loft area or just the footprint of the main floor? I know what you mean about a table vs a counter but I suspect that she cannot fit many people in there anyway...maybe she has a card table and a couple of folding chairs stashed away somewhere. I think that the dryer probably is behind the sliding door. 

I too would like less housecleaning, but not to go that far LOL. 

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Tue, 03-26-2013 - 3:03pm

Could it be something like this?

http://www.atrendyhome.com/awd129.html?productid=awd129&channelid=FROOG

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Tue, 03-26-2013 - 6:59pm

In response to all your posts, (though we can't now just ask to 'reply to ALL' like we used to).  Anyway, Kathy, I don't know much if anything really about NYC but I can see your point and agree that doing whatever to help those living in poorer neighborhoods would be a good thing, for sure. 

As for that tiny apartment in the photos, it doesn't look like it would be that 'affordable' with all the fancy design - surely that cost a pretty penny to create and maybe only a person with money or a decent salary could afford to own this place. 

But my own particular desire for trimming down my own 'stuff' makes it seem desirable to have a smaller space to have less to clean, and a less cluttered lifestyle.  I was looking at that cubby bookcase and thinking how it does hold a good number of books, but that it would have its limit and you would have to cull some books after a while if you are prone to buying a lot and not always getting rid of some!  And I don't suppose this photo show really showed how things are stored...for surely there might be more cupboard or closet type space for things we haven't been shown in the photos?  Unlike that other video I shared a while ago on the board of that uniquely designed small apartment, that had so many ways to store things, this one didn't show that.  But what I liked about this second apartment is that it looks so pretty - nicely decorated with some character of whomever lives there.  Not the sterile whiteness of the previous apartment.  

I think there is a kind of movement afoot with some of the younger generation to choose to live a simpler lifestyle and in smaller living spaces.  I found another article on this same website where I got the above photos, where a young man decided to build a really small house ( by himself for himself).  I have seen other small houses shown on this website in another aritcle.  I believe the aim is to have one's small home as a place to sleep, eat and relax in but that if this style of home is more affordable (depends, on who builds it where it is, etc., mind you!) that these young persons can then afford to spend more of their money toward travel or other things of interest outside of their homes.  That they value being able to do that more than having a big house. 

I think for me...well, there comes a time you want to get rid of the excess you have collected over the years.  Finding adequate space but maybe a smaller space is something we eventually may aim to move into.  Although we seem to be inhabiting this big enough house (with 5 bedrooms!) by having taken over some of the bedrooms for our own hobby or office space!  I just would love someone else to clean it now!  However, this year of forced inability to clean it in the same way I used to, (becasue of my polymyagia) had me more concerned about wanting this than before!  That said, I still find it fascinating in its own way how these small spaces are created.  Anyway.....those are my added thoughts on this topic!

Shirley

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Tue, 03-26-2013 - 7:00pm

Hey, Sue, that's really neat!  I never knew such a combined appliance existed!  Thanks for sharing that.

Shirley