Anytime the folks over at Faircompanies publish a video I get excited because they’ve always got something new, exciting and interesting to share when it comes to living big in tiny spaces. Today I’m showing you a video tour of a small business in Paris who turned a rooftop elevator engine room into an amazing little office workspace that doubles for leisure, too.
It’s a 183 square foot space that had been completely ignored and unused for years since the elevator engine was removed years ago from the room. Once they discovered this space they started to get even more creative and started designing, gutting and building the space.
Today it’s an incredible little space that offers so much in terms of storage, sleeping, and workspace. Since this little 183 sq. ft. space is rooftop on a building they’re lucky enough to have plenty of ‘underground’ storage. This means they’re able to hide a lot of stuff out of sight. And they were also able to create some nifty little features that anyone might enjoy. Like the sofa bed that’s unveiled directly from the floor!
DIY Rooftop Office Conversion: Leisure & Work In One
This little room often times has three or four people actively working in it- and sometimes even five or six- so there’s a flip up desk, whiteboard, and another large desk so that there’s functional space for the entire team (see more below):
This little loft apartment in Paris is available as a vacation rental through Airbnb.com. It’s located between la Bastille and Père Lachaise with 645 square feet of open space on the 5th floor. Just two blocks away you can jump aboard a bus ride to the Louvre museum and Metro Charonne. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, and food shops nearby. Inside there’s a full kitchen, bathroom, wireless internet, and even a washer and dryer so you can feel right at home. Please don’t miss other exciting tiny homes – join our FREE Tiny House Newsletter!
Just scroll down to take a photo tour of the small space below..
Nothing fancy and pretty simple, wouldn’t you say? Below is a view from the loft.
If you live in California, you might want to get one of these amazing Fat Barrel homes, “where Airstream meets wine barrel.” Fat Barrel Studios builds and installs these units (only in California) for $65,000, but you can also purchase plans to build your own!
Not interested in owning one, or you’d rather try it out first? You can vacation in their original Fat Barrel on their 5-acre property in Paso Robles, CA. The compact units fit in a queen bed, micro kitchen and a tiled wet-bath for a luxurious vacation experience.
Lovell and Paris got into vanlife largely out of necessity — with nearly $50,000 in consumer debt, they needed a way out of it, and not paying rent was the first step! They started in a very basic low-roof van they already owned, but after paying off their debts in 2 years, were able to upgrade to their current Sprinter.
Six years into #vanlife, the couple say there are pretty much no cons to their lifestyle. Now that they have a rig that includes everything they love — even an ironing board, so Lovell can iron his “fashionista” wardrobe — they have no desire to get a sticks-and-bricks home.
Architect Kumiko Ouchi wanted to transform her partner’s 1970s apartment into a truly beautiful and functional space. She did an excellent job hiding anything unsightly while still including the necessary things (kitchen electronics, books, a litter box) in her overall design.
By taking out the walls in the apartment and removing a bedroom, she was able to create an open concept space with a large kitchen that still afforded privacy in the bedroom and bathroom. The hallway doubles as office space, and there are two beautiful balconies for plants.
While we mostly talk about tiny homes here in terms of a living or vacation space, that’s not all they can be! This innovative group had the great idea to create a mobile art studio in a tiny home, so they could easily bring art to those who might otherwise not have access (or might not go to a traditional art installation).
Here’s what they plan on doing with the ArtHaus:
Education through workshops, school visits, artist lectures, and emerging artist shows
Public art exposure via a mobile ‘art center,’ bringing the art to where the community is
Community engagement through tailored interactions between those making and participating
support and space for artists working in Cheyenne and Wyoming
When dealing with a compact space, finding ways to hide your stuff is of utmost importance. While open-concept shelving has really taken off lately, Mark Langen shows how creative hidden storage can allow for clean lines while still keeping the space visually open.
This apartment hides a shower behind a wall, spices and jars in the backsplash, and a mini bar in the most unpredictable spot. Oh, and there’s even office space in the super-neat table! Let us know what you think.
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