Think you can live in, work in, and share a small apartment?

That’s what I do with my 500-square-foot apartment that I’m showing you today.

Small Apartment Design for Live/Work

I took my apartment’s dimensions, design and layout and did my best to match it.

Then I made some slight improvements that I thought would make it better.

Redesigning My Tiny Apartment in 3D

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Check out the best photos (and video) below:

 

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Besides a few things (below) my apartment identical to what you see in the photos (I’ll show you real pics next week and we can compare):

  • I don’t have my own back porch or french doors (it’s really just a window in the bedroom)
  • The furniture is almost the same except I added a loveseat and a comfy chair that I really don’t have (lol)
  • I added a stackable washer/dryer unit in the hallway that we don’t really have (there’s actually a door there and I added shelving towards the ceiling so we can store toilet paper and paper towels up there)

 

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Small Apartment Floor Plan for Work and Living

 

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More Angles in 3D

 

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Yes – we have two doors! The apartment we’re currently in is just like this and I’m not sure why. But one door is wider than the other.

3d Floor Plan of My Micro Work/Live Apartment

 

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Why the Big Dining Table?

We’ve got that oversized dining table so we can use it for work and then when my friends and family come over there’s plenty of space to eat together comfortably and share some laughs over a meal because that’s what life’s all about, right?

And Technically this is Tiny House Talk Headquarters

 

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The dimensions are approximately 25’x20′.

Private Outdoor Space

My apartment doesn’t have this. We have shared outdoor space which is great. But something like this would be even better (so I added it to the design)..

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Close Up 3D Shots of my Work/Live Apartment

 

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I also added the barstools at the end of the kitchen which is something we don’t have (yet).

 

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Video Tour with Music

So what did you like best about this apartment? Could you, would you, or would you even want to live in a design like this? Would love to hear your thoughts on that..

And even better what sort of designs would you like to see me do next? LET ME KNOW in the comments (share links, etc. to if you have to). I’m going to shoot to create one of these a week.

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Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity too. Thank you!

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  • Deek April 5, 2013, 10:22 am

    Cool digs…..you don’t really have a giant painting of a laughing face in your living room though, do you? Lol. Talk to you/see you soon!

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    • Alex April 5, 2013, 11:12 am

      Lol no sir I don’t but I sort of wish I did! Haha. Laughing faces are a favorite! See you in a few weeks Deek!

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  • alice h April 5, 2013, 11:52 am

    I agree about too many walls, they definitely chop up a space and limit the possibilities. However, if that’s what you have to work with and it can’t be changed you just have to make the most of it. If a large dining table is only needed some of the time there are a lot of ingenious ones that can be made smaller or larger. There’s a variation on a picnic table where the table top flips up to become a bench back, wonder if something similar could be made to have a comfy sitting couch/bench that converts to a table. I like a lot of the kitchen carts that incorporate drop-leaf table space as well, some with bar stools. Not necessarily in place of the big table but maybe placed at the end of the kitchen counter. It could be moved around as needed, also makes a great buffet serving station at parties and extra work and storage space. Multifunctional furniture is essential in a small space. It’s a waste of space to dedicate large spaces to single use, especially if that use is only for a small amount of time. Unfortunately usually unavoidable if there’s special equipment involved, like kitchens and bathrooms.

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  • LaMar Alexander LaMar April 6, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Good use of space!
    I would like an acces to the bathroom from the bedroom so I would move that washer/dryer to the kitchen closet and make an access door right there.

    Love the double sliding glass doors but for colder climates an insulated single door would be better.

    I deesigned my cabin to have work space and my loft serves as both bedroom and office. Since I do not have clients over there is no need for the big conference table and that would make a real nice guest bedroom/entertainment room.

    Good ideas guys!

    LaMar

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    • Paul December 17, 2014, 9:29 pm

      Fine… so you shift the washer/dryer combo to the kitchen cupboard, and put a door almost directly into the bathroom. By doing that you have LOST the original space to get access to the bathroom quickly, and in the process where do you store the stuff that was in the kitchen cupboard? Like brooms, dustpans, vacuum cleaner etc?

      If it was me… I’d push the washer/dryer over to the kitchen cupboard, extend the wall of the wardrobe to where the washer/dryer currently is and create a door at the other end of the wardrobe to gain access into the bathroom. But to do that you’d have to swap the toilet and bath around for space to walk in. And close off the door into the kitchen as it stands.

      And for what? To save yourself 15 seconds max getting to or from the bathroom? Wow, not what I’d call living frugally.

      But Alex, it is an interesting exercise in what you can do with a blank canvas so to speak.

      And for those who say get rid of the walls, uh uh, no way I would have an open space “showcasing” my bedroom. Hell would freeze over first.

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  • Cahow April 6, 2013, 5:47 pm

    Oh, Alex, you’re adorable! LOL

    Boy, did I have a laugh at the “….and I don’t have this and I don’t have that, nor do I have this, this or this…”

    Do you at least have the D.O.G., that is 1) asleep, or 2) gasp!, dead, which is lying next to the imaginary patio doors? ;)

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  • jerryd April 6, 2013, 9:03 pm

    I’d move the bar stools to the other wall with a continuous desk from the front to the other side of the computer/work desk.

    Pus some comfortable chairs/couch where the stools were, move the door over some so the Chaise lounge can be a full length bed too. The Chaise is I think the best part.
    I’d move the sink opposite the toilet for 6-10 more sq’ for more kitchen, whatever.

    I too rather be more open with the bed folding away or behind a curtain, etc. Though with 2 living you need some space to get away in.

    2 doors are likely code requirement.

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  • Susan in California April 7, 2013, 10:07 am

    Hey Alex – Like the design for the most part but would prefer open shelving in kitchen to overhead cabinet. As I have tons of books, would install a bookshelf with rail about 12″ below surface at least in bedroom, running around walls like a frieze. Problem I always have with these tiny designs, when thinking of myself, is that there is not enough room to exercise, which is a daily mandate for me. To that end, I would love to see a huge-surface table like object in the great room which could be wall-mounted to flap down out of the way, pulled out to seat multiple folks, and be height-adjustable to serve as a standing workstation for graphic design and also for cutting/sewing projects. Everything else looks good. And room for a convection washer/dryer, too!

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  • Steph April 8, 2013, 11:35 am

    Hello,

    What software did you use to create the 3-D images? Is it open-source, or would you have recommendations for open-source software to design in 3-D? Thank you!

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  • Shelia March 3, 2014, 5:17 pm

    With the exchange of the fixed furniture to more multi-use furniture, like a murphy bed that turns into a table, etc. The only change I’d make is to turn the washer/dryer unit around and make it part of the closet in the bedroom. Better yet, make it a dual function washer/dryer combo and use the space above it, near the bathroom, for a linen closet.

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  • Robert June 22, 2014, 12:46 pm

    I’m very interested in spaces that convert quickly from a living to working environment, and found one interesting design in “Radical Office Design” by Jeremy Myerson and Phillip Ross. Page 166 shows a kitchen sink/counter that converts to a conference table. Page 176 shows a sofa/living room area that slides away to become a small triangular office.

    Like Steff, I would like to know what 3D software Alex used for his layouts. I’ve been using Google Sketchup for building renderings and floorplans, but it is difficult to use for depicting furniture.

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