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Sometimes the most feasible tiny house for most of us is a really small apartment. It’s a way to instantly downsize your living without having to leave your town, go rural, or start building a tiny house on a trailer.

You can usually find plenty of older apartments in great locations around 400-500 square feet. These types of places are great way to start because the rent is less than what you’re paying for a larger place, there’s no need to make a huge lifestyle changes, and you can still enjoy the benefits of reducing stuff in your life.

Then there are other unique apartments (unique to me, at least) that are created with extra space in someone’s house, an office building, a shipping container, or whatever!

And of course there are studios in parts of the world where the population is higher, etc.

So here’s a few video tours you’ll like…

A Tiny Home in Kyoto

Tokyo Studio Tour

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Twelve by Twelve by William Powers

Most of you know that I live in a small apartment (about 500 square feet). This past week I finally put up some shelves that really helped make the place look and feel nice. Mainly my work area. Actually you can see exactly what I did here if you want.

On my last trip to the library I was so happy to stumble onto 12 by 12 by William Powers, have you heard of it?

I’m about 70% finished. Ever since I’ve been reading it it’s really got me wondering about putting together my own tiny off grid home near to where I currently live.

I’d be able to learn a lot and enjoy nature while still having my city apartment. We would use it to get away, write, read, relax, enjoy nature, and explore what it’s like to live without modern utilities.

I won’t ramble on about it, but the book really does get you thinking.

My next step is figuring where/how to go about getting a good place to do something like this in my surrounding area. Any ideas? South Florida.

This is what the book looks like:

Twelve by Twelve by William Powers

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Architect combines Home and Workplace - Adapts Green Lifestyle

Alan Cohen, architect, took a regular house and combined a unique space where he and his partner live and work, and now they are surrounded by a community.

Their home isn’t small but their story is still one of simplifying… They both eliminated their need of using vehicles everyday by combining their work space within their home as well as being in close proximity to everywhere they go.

They love it not just because the commute is gone but they are also within walking or bicycling distance from just about anywhere they would want to go.

Alan’s office is just a doorway into a 1050 square foot area. They share this space (Alan is an architect and his partner an artist).

The living space is 1730 square feet (down from 3000 square feet previously) but they have an architect office and an artist studio within.

Architect combines Home and Workplace - Adapts Green Lifestyle
YouTube Screenshot Courtesy of Faircompanies.com

Watch the video tour…

Learn more at Faircompanies.

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Prefab Shipping Container House

These Australian designed prefab container houses are called Podd by the makers. They are designed to meet coding requirements and have a modern design inside and out.

Their website says that they have an estimated 5 hour construction time, which is very impressive. They use hydraulic lifts to raise the roof to save time.

The design is being targeted to mining companies to help with employee moral!

The houses are made using shipping containers. The additional walls, ceilings, and floor structure are constructed using Austral exflam sandwich panel composite.

Check it out.

Prefab Shipping Container House

Inside Prefab Shipping Container House - Podd

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Tiny House with Garage Door - 140 square feet

I ran into this 140 SF cottage that has garage doors to open up the space, sort of like this tiny house (the crib) I featured a few months back.

I love the idea of having this feature (garage door) because it instantly opens up the inside of the house to the outdoors.  It immediately brings the fresh air inside which is awesome, especially in a small space.

And this garage door is extra special because it has windows from the ground up, so no matter what you get to enjoy the view.

So this is architect Jeffery Broadhurst’s off grid house in West Virginia and it was a simple DIY project.

The only way to get to it is with an off road vehicle.  This story was published back in June of 2008 by Julie at Remodelista.

Tiny House with Garage Door - 140 square feet

Inside of a Tiny House

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8 x 10 Small house kits

These small house kits come in a variety of sizes from a company called MODERN-SHED. The most exciting part about this company is that they have dealers spread throughout the country.

Their main office is located in Seattle, Washington. Their smallest is 8′ x 10′ and cost ranges from $11,200 to $17,500.

The largest one is 14′ x 30′ and the cost ranges from $52,000 to $57,500 and there are more than 8 other models that are different in design and size.

One of my favorites is their Northwest Shed model–the 12′ x 16′ model is almost 200 square feet. They use cedar siding and the large glass sliding doors on it.

8 x 10 Small house kits
8′ x 10′

Photo Credits: MODERN-SHED

Watch their video tours below
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Tiny Apartment Houses

I ran into these tiny apartment houses yesterday and went back with my camera.

They’re decorated really nicely and are actually guest houses to a much larger house on the property. It’s a little confusing but I guess there are a total of three guest houses in addition to the regular house.

The apartments are really small, they’re more like studios. I wish I could buy the property and live in one of the studios while renting out the rest of the units here including the large house.

Enjoy the pictures and if you’re interested in buying the property the realtor’s phone number is at the bottom of the post.

Tiny Apartment Houses

So there is a total of three “tiny” studios on the property, two of which you see the entrances to right here. I got interior photos below.

This is a side view of the building and my bicycle.

Tiny Apartment Houses - Side View with THIRD apartment to the right

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