Now here’s a brilliantly designed small apartment in East Village area of Manhattan in New York City.
Michael, the apartment owner, uses the space as both home and office which makes the 500-square-feet all that much tighter.
I also work and live out of my apartment which is about 450-square-feet while sharing it with my girlfriend as well.
The amazing part about Michael’s space is the enormous amount of storage that he has created which is illustrated at the bottom of this post.
All of this storage space allows the apartment to be a home instead of a workplace quite easily when friends or family visit.
There’s even an upstairs sleeping loft but thanks to the tall ceilings inside it doesn’t look like it feels cramped at all. In fact, there’s plenty of lighting set up and it looks roomy and comfortable throughout.
What I thought might be one of your favorite parts of the design is the staircase that leads up to the loft because it has built-in drawers underneath each step.
Photos by Frank Ouderman and Sean Karns
Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture helped with the project to make it what it is. It’s best to watch the video tour at the bottom of this post to grasp a feel of what they were able to do with this small apartment conversion.
It’s a book she just released today.. I just got my copy on Amazon a few minutes ago.
In this post you’ll get to read my thoughts, notes, and highlights while reading the book.
In it, Tammy tells the story of how she and her husband went from a normal life, to living in a tiny house on wheels with almost no stuff.
You can buy it now and read it instantly on your Kindle in moments.
Here’s the book description that’s published on Amazon:
Once, Tammy Strobel and her husband were living a normal middle-class lifestyle: driving two cars, commuting long distances, and living well beyond their means. Now they are living the voluntary downsizing — or smart-sizing — dream. In this book Strobel combines research on well-being with numerous real-world examples to offer practical inspiration. Her fresh take on our things, our work, and our relationships spells out micro-actions that anyone can take to step into a life that’s more conscious and connected, sustainable and sustaining, heartfelt and happy.
Someone asked me the other day what the advantages were of small houses versus apartment living? Why, she asked, would someone prefer living in a small house rather than renting an apartment? Certainly one is not superior over the other. The simple answer comes down to preference, but here are some other reasons people may consider tiny houses rather than apartment living.
No Shared Walls. I’ve lived on the 16thfloor of a high rise apartment. I really liked it there. And I would do it again. There were occasionally issues with a neighbor playing music way too loud at 2 A.M. or us needing to be cautious of our television volume or playing the guitar too loud and bothering other residents. This is simply a fact of apartment living.