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Man Rebuilds Amazingly Creative 400 Sq. Ft. Small Apartment

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Right now I’m excited to share this incredible 400 sq. ft. small apartment with you designed and built by a man named Joseph Chiarucci.

When you walk in, you immediately know that this is a one-of-a-kind custom designed and built apartment. The kitchen is near the entrance. Look up and there is shelving throughout.

When you turn to the left you can see your living area and corner office. Continue walking this way and you can head to the upstairs level where you’ll find the bathroom and bedroom along with a couple of nooks you can hang out in and/or store some of your belongings in.

Creative 400 Sq. Ft. Small Apartment by Joseph Chiarucci


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Susie M
    October 9, 2014, 12:03 pm

    wonderful to see what younger minds come up in creative problem solving. Talk about thinking outside the box! Just love the deep drawers for off season storage – and the everyday items like the guitar and skateboard are so easy to just grab and go. Obviously balance comes easily to this young man, so the cat walk is functional, not just decorative – love the dutch door and lighting options – that central vacuum is genius! Great nod to the eternal debate of seat up or down btw. Big time cool beans! (yeah – I know – I’m dating myself with that last remark) Really impressed.

    • Alex
      October 9, 2014, 6:05 pm

      Thanks Susie I’m glad you were also impressed. I loved every bit of it. The cat walk is scary, but still cool!

  • Kelly Libert
    October 9, 2014, 12:47 pm

    Excellent, creative use of space. I am thoroughly delighted by the thought that went into making vacuuming easier. All it needs is a safety harness to keep me from taking a header off that ledge.

    • Alex
      October 9, 2014, 6:05 pm

      Thanks Kelly!

  • Brian
    October 9, 2014, 5:17 pm

    Oh Joseph you are so creative. Lots of great ideas and thoughts must have gone into this TH, just love it. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Australia

    • Alex
      October 9, 2014, 6:05 pm

      Creative indeed! Cheers Brian! Thank you!

  • Rich
    October 9, 2014, 10:52 pm

    Alex can you tell us what state or country this is in? His website wasn’t working for me. Tx

  • October 10, 2014, 8:51 pm

    Wow, great place! I agree with everyone, however… I’d break my neck on that catwalk. Also, if I had a couple of drinks, I’d fall off that little balcony area if I went up to use the rest room. LOL!

  • Mary
    October 11, 2014, 11:56 pm

    It appears that the upper area is much wider than the lower. Is it cantilevered over a patio or other space?

  • DGS
    November 1, 2014, 10:27 pm

    Excellent job. Do you have floor plans?

  • sbr
    November 26, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Change the catwalk by making it wider & use a metal grid that’s open to let the light thru. Add a handrail. Great place!

  • Marsha Cowan
    November 26, 2014, 3:24 pm

    Really cool all over! The loft is amazing, and the use of clear glass in this bath again makes it look twice as spacious. What a lot of storage! And the walkway (while a little scary) is soooo cool! Great job!

  • Elle
    November 26, 2014, 4:48 pm

    One of the reasons I really love this site is the amazing creativity people bring to their living quarters. As stated in an earlier post I, too, like seeing what emerges from the younger minds of today. This one is well thought out–exactly what YOU required for your lifestyle, interests and comfort zone. Love the catwalk access idea. My husband likes your music room. Very creative.

  • Doc
    November 28, 2014, 10:08 pm

    A purpose built home for a purpose filled life. Too cool.

  • LoriDA
    February 3, 2015, 12:15 am

    The catwalk scared me actually. The ingenious vacuum cleaner solution more than compensates for the catwalk and really makes me appreciate the creativity that went into this small apartment. Wonderful tiny home design that is obviously customized to the person who lives in it. As it should be.

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