A Venetian Islands mansion. A three-story Miami penthouse. A sprawling ranch outside of Dallas. Many segments of society usually dream of living in huge places like these. Most homeowners or apartment dwellers spend a large amount of their time dreaming of ways to get out of the place in which they currently live and into bigger places.
The bigger, the better, right?
How about the smaller, the better?
Believe it or not, there’s a growing segment of people who want to do just that. In fact, many of them have become online sensations. Web sites now dot the Internet as people post their photos and videos of their tiny apartments.
Here’s five of the smallest and most interesting – as well as most popular – you’ll currently find:
330 Sq. Feet
Living in tiny spaces is common in Hong Kong, but architect Gary Chang has really outdone himself with his 330-square-foot apartment. Putting his architectural wisdom to good use, Chang has managed to rearrange his apartment create 24 – yes, twenty-four – separate rooms. Through the use of sliding doors, a bedroom becomes a living room, the linen closet become a bathroom, and the kitchen is behind the TV. He has mirrored ceilings that help improve natural light and cover up the sliding door tracks. This has increased efficiency and reduced his power bills. The video of his apartment has been posted online at multiple sites and has had over then million hits.
90 Sq. Feet
One of the first to be an online hit was Felice Cohen’s 90-square-foot apartment near Central Park for which she paid $700 a month. Testing her organizational prowess, Cohen slept close to the ceiling in a lofted bed, using the underneath space for storage and seating, and utilized her toaster oven as food storage space. Though she has moved in recent months, her closet-sized apartment used to get a million hits a day after real estate blogs discovered it and it was featured in a documentary about tiny apartments.
89 Sq. Feet
Jay Shafer’s tiny 89-square-foot place has been viewed online over 1.6 million times. Shafer has the distinction of being one of the first to give online tours of his minute home, complete with a toilet in the shower and a sleeping loft above the kitchen. Shafer is somewhat of an aficionado, having also previously lived in previous homes that were under 100 square feet. In fact, he sells tiny aparments to others looking for a similar lifestyle and home.
80 Sq. Feet
Not only has Beren Harrington downsized, but he has also gone eco-friendly: he lives in a tree house 25 feet off the ground. Wanting to be closer nature, Harrington built his tree house equipped with a deck and a single room; there’s no bathroom or kitchen, and anyone with a fear of heights wouldn’t consider it the dream house Harrington does.
78 Sq. Feet
The most miniscule apartment in the country belongs to Luke Clark Tyler in New York City’s Hells Kitchen for less than $800 a month. Amazingly, the home is also his office. His bed, which converts into a sofa, and his closet, which holds his clothes AND microwave, bookend his “office”, which consists of his desk.
There may not be an end to this in sight, though it’s hard to tell how much this will catch on with the mainstream. However, according to research, U.S. web searches in the past year for “tiny apartment” have doubled and those for “unique spaces” and “unusual homes” have increased 50%.
Will you join the trend and be the next person to post your diminutive dwelling?
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