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This is a 40m2 (430 square feet) tiny apartment renovation.

In a collaboration between The Tiny House Company (design), Georgia Ritchie (design) and Greg Thornton Constructions (construction), this tiny inner-city apartment was renovated to sleep 5 and accommodate short-stay guests.1

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430 Sq. Ft. Tiny Apartment That Sleeps Five

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  • Jaime
    September 30, 2017, 5:22 pm

    Hokey Smokes… they crammed a LOT into that space. I love this one – I could SO easily see myself living in a place like that. But then I’ve always been a sucker for Mid Century design, and they had me with that Eames Chair and ottoman… just beautiful.

  • Christine Yahner-Divadkar
    September 30, 2017, 5:29 pm

    Hi Alex! I’ve been surfing through the newsletters for both tiny houses and small homes, dreaming about the parts I like…this apartment has if all. I really like the neo-modernity mixed with eclectic decor. And everything has a place without cluttering up the space! 2 Thumbs up!!! Great use of space. This is the 3rd home I’ve seen net used to protect the people up the stairs and down below! I bet my grandchildren would love this place to visit on the Holidays!!! Cris

  • Paula Philips
    September 30, 2017, 6:22 pm

    WHY are the bathrooms placed beside the kitchen in all these tiny houses??? Otherwise – GREAT!

    • Lori
      October 2, 2017, 12:22 pm

      It makes putting in the plumbing much simpler and easier. Also reduces where in the home you can experience a leak too.

      • Eric
        January 17, 2018, 4:49 pm

        I don’t understand how come some people “ask” these questions! It’s pretty self evident I would have thought.

        • JKJ
          February 11, 2019, 11:49 pm

          Self evident to you but many cultures and people find the bathroom being be so close to the kitchen disgusting.

  • Martha
    September 30, 2017, 11:46 pm

    Wow! I am so impressed with the design of this apartment! Efficient, well-lit and airy, spacious feel. I might play around a little more with that desk arrangement, but bravo to all the designers who created one of the nicest small spaces I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Patricia Chang
    October 1, 2017, 1:35 am

    Very classy! Only two changes: A bannister for the stairs and built-in drawers under all of the couch.

  • Donna
    October 1, 2017, 10:52 am

    Would live comfortably in this…beautifully done…such ingenuity

  • BRADLEY Boltz
    October 2, 2017, 9:02 am

    Where are the windows? Feels like a basement apartment with fake windows using backlit frosted glazing. Otherwise the mid-century furniture is cool.-BB

    • James D.
      October 2, 2017, 10:46 pm

      Could be a basement, they describe it as having “limited external light sources”…

      Though, keep in mind that in the city you can have literally like a hundred people able to view your window from the neighboring apartment complex and inner city doesn’t always have a pleasant view to constantly see out the window…

      An apartment window may also be facing the small space between buildings and you may literally have nothing to see but maybe someone else’s window…

      It doesn’t help that you can usually hear all your neighbors whenever they crank up the radio or make any banging noises… So it’s sometimes a good thing to be able to block out what may be around you, even if it’s only by a little bit…

    • Eric
      November 26, 2017, 6:03 pm

      They are there… they just are not see through. Given some locations, ok a lot of locations, you would NOT like the view outside, or the neighbours viewing into your apartment, hence translucent windows.

  • Nanny M
    October 2, 2017, 3:43 pm

    This is beautiful and seems larger than it says. Such clean lines.

  • Russell Stanley
    October 6, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Looks a lot bigger than 430 sq.ft. Very nice design but why is the refrigerator next to the sink with the dishwasher on the opposite wall? I’d move the refrigerator in place of the dishwasher (under the stairs and move the dishwasher next to the sink, with the microwave above the dishwasher. The way it’s set up, if you rinse dishes in the sink, then you have to turn around (spill water on the floor) as you load the dishwasher. I would also put a Murphy bed in the downstairs bedroom so that you could have a space to also use as an office with a desk, when the bed is folded up against the wall.

  • joan
    October 6, 2017, 4:20 pm

    Nice, beautifully done, loved everything, all the colors, patterns and decor…. except what?! no shower? Seniors need their showers, can’t do tubs. Looks very pricey too. Tiny has gotten VERY EXPENSIVE.

    Waiting and hoping that some day there will be an affordable senior tiny house community Not on wheels.

    • Kim W
      November 6, 2017, 6:12 pm

      There is a shower in the room beyond the bathroom and a bath tub in the room beyond the kitchen, so all ages are catered for!
      Looks like a good use of space, though I do like to be able to open a window! It is a city home, so is probably a tricky site. If it had windows that look out on something nice and some outside space, it would be even better for someone like me.

  • Kath
    October 8, 2017, 7:33 pm

    It looks nice to start . I would not need so many chairs and sitting areas. I’d like more storage than chairs. I did like the stairs, but definitely has to have some kind of hand banister. That’s an accident waiting to happen, for me anyway. Did the bathroom only have a tub and no shower?

  • Adina Hirschmann
    June 18, 2018, 10:47 pm

    It would have been interesting to see what the place looked like before the renovation. I didn’t realize the first floor could be a basement level—my sister and brother-in-law have a brownstone in Brooklyn like that. No matter what, I agree about the handrail. In New Jersey, an apartment would fail inspection without one. And the verticals have to be spaced no wider than 4″, so a baby’s head wouldn’t get stuck. Unless it was temporarily left that way for “staging” the photo for a more spacious look. Otherwise, all the details, finishes and fixtures give it a classy atmosphere.

  • faiz
    August 31, 2018, 10:45 pm

    This is beautifully done and planned , house . I wish you give floor measurement layout along with the design. Great

  • February 11, 2019, 5:51 pm

    Wow! Thank you for sharing all the beautiful details from many angles!

  • Dick
    February 11, 2019, 6:41 pm

    Gorgeous apartment! I could definitely live here, although I have some furniture I inherited from my parents that I’d be trying to squeeze in.

    For the person who said “tiny has gotten very expensive”, remember this: it’s an apartment renovation, which means it costs quite a bit more than building some THOWs.

    This apartment is not a basement apartment, because the company has pics of another apartment renovation right below this one. See http://www.tinyhousecompany.com.au/tiny-apartment-renovation-version-2/. I think you’ll like.

  • Kristen
    February 12, 2019, 2:15 pm

    This is one of the few tiny homes I’ve seen where I can actually imagine a child living – not a baby, not a toddler, but a kid who needs personal space & a real bed. For younger ones you may need to tweak the netting and add a stair railing for safety. Of course it’s much larger than most THOWs (a second bathroom!!!), but it’s still a beautiful model for living with less in a more compact & affordable space. Kudos!

  • Karen Blackburn
    February 13, 2019, 4:22 am

    Very nicely done but without windows which at least show a hint of sky it is like a prison. I honestly couldn’t live in a room/flat without being able to open a window for fresh air (even in a city) or being able to see the sky at least. This appears to be built in a huge warehouse rather like the sets for some of these reality shows, entirely indoors for privacy, giving the impression of a prison where the inhabitants aren’t allowed access to the outdoors. Air conditioning is no substitute for proper fresh air and yes, I’ve worked in my share of offices with air conditioning where you couldn’t open a window, though at least you could see the sky. Nice design but I couldn’t live in a flat which appears to be little better than a luxurious prison.

    • Jordan Harvey
      February 16, 2019, 2:11 pm

      I agree that fresh air is VERY important. I also see this apartment most probably being somewhere where air quality is low, and the scenery is far less than aesthetically pleasing.

      Having lived in New York before, as well as Chicago, I can easily see this being preferable to being spied on by your neighbors across the alley.

      I work graveyard shifts almost exclusively, so am admittedly biased against skylights.

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