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Cozy-crazy couple makes tight all right in the city's tiniest studio

 
 
dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 8 Dec, 2009 06:25 am
I've (until now) always lived on land defined by acres, usually 100's of acres. However, I find micro-living fascinating. I love the idea of highly functional living environments with one big exception, I absolutely have to have outdoor space. I once designed and built a cabin based on sandwiched 4' x 8' sheets of plywood. No single wall was larger than 8'' but it was in the middle of 20 acres and the patio/deck was 20' x 30'.
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 8 Dec, 2009 06:35 am
@dyslexia,
i could live in a small space, but as dys pointed out, it would have to to be in a wide open, or rural landscape
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6h0st1nth3m4ch1n3
 
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Reply Wed 9 Dec, 2009 04:21 pm
@Region Philbis,
i live in a shed in my friends backyard.

i absolutely love it, but 150,000?

i pay 100 a month, well i havent paid lately but i owe 100 a month Razz

they are ******* stupid. buy an rv ffs.

might as well.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Wed 9 Dec, 2009 04:26 pm
I like living in smaller places, less space to clean. I don't find this high functioning though. No kitchen, No food, picking up laundry in different places.... The place may be cheap(ish) but the cost of living would be very high. Not worth it in the end.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 9 Dec, 2009 04:35 pm
This place came up on Tiny House Blog - it might be a nice pied a tier for some commuter, but there are much better designs for a lot less money in the world of small homes:

http://tinyhouseblog.com/

Personally, I like at least one comfortable chair in my living space.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 9 Dec, 2009 06:22 pm
@Green Witch,
Thanks Green Witch! That's a cool blog. I just signed up for the email newsletter.
I love this podular type house:
http://tinyhouseblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/w2.jpg
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 9 Dec, 2009 06:29 pm
@tsarstepan,
that's pretty cool
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BorisKitten
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 05:02 pm
@dyslexia,
Quote:
in the middle of 20 acres and the patio/deck was 20' x 30'.
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I'll TAKE IT!

It's funny how very small 2.5 acres can seem at times.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 05:05 pm
@BorisKitten,
Is he running a commune? And is dyslexia accepting applications?
Wink
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chai2
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 07:31 pm
Wouldn't want to live there myself, but I find it very interesting how they are functioning, and thinking of ways they could improve their space.

I feel sorry for their 2 cats. 175 square feet doesn't seem like enough space for them to get exercise, which is one reason I could put a loft in there. They'd be able to do some climbing.

Here's a full size loft bed that utilized drawers as stairs to get in and out. Plenty of room underneath for tiny desk, and/or 2 comfy chairs. Underneath the beds could be a cozy library. This model looks kinda cheapy, but I'm sure they could make or get something really nice. The bottomost drawer could be really deeper, all the way back to the wall, the next one a little less deep, etc. Or, they could use it as a crawlspace for storage.


http://www.bunksandlofts.com/v/vspfiles/photos/90-02-2T.jpg

If they never have anything in the refridgerator, I'd get rid of it and use it for more storage space. In fact, I'd get rid of that entire kitchenette, and expand the bathroom out. They could then get one of those tiny washer/dryer units, to at lease wash their jogging clothes, underwear, t-shirts, jeans, etc. The cat's litter box could also go in their.

http://www.nytimes.com/images/blogs/freakonomics/posts/Bathroom.jpg

Then, along that entire wall in the living area could be all sorts of shelves, a small coffee making area...even a tiny tiny fridge for drinks or snacks.
This one's basically 20"x20"x20"

None of this would mean making more space for junk, but would help them make their lives a bit easier.

http://www.koolatron.com/images/beverage-fridge.jpg


Eating out doesn't have to mean unhealthy fast food. These 2 people seem very sensible, and there's lots of inexpensive, but healthy things they could pick up on the way home, or have delivered.

Anyone else remember a thread from a while back about people living in a small space? It was in China I think.

Here's a blog about small living spaces.

http://tinyhouseblog.com/
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chai2
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 07:53 pm
sorry GW, Didn't see you already posted that link.

This is pretty cool too...It's like living in a big lazy susan

http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/colani/1.jpg

bedroom...
http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/colani/3.jpg

bathroom...
http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/colani/4.jpg

kitchen...
http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/colani/5.jpg

entire floor plan...

http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/colani/6.gif
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 08:01 pm
@chai2,
That's really cool but what happens if two people are sleeping on the bed... one gets out... rotates to use take a shower and then the second person needs to get up... is he stuck inside the behind the wall or can they still turn when different rooms are used?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 08:08 pm
@tsarstepan,
A friend of mine lives very close to the couple in the original post. He built one of the most fabulous loft beds I've ever seen. Queen size bed on top, room for a click-sofa that sleeps two and he has one of those pop-out beds as well. He can sleep 6 friendly people in his efficiency apartment in an emergency. He cooks the most amazing meals in the tiniest kitchen I've ever seen.

Given what he can do with the space, I could definitely see something like the cozy-crazy working.

He's a short walk to Central Park - can see the fireworks there and over the Hudson. I could seriously imagine living like that.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 08:10 pm
@ehBeth,
Some guys make due with their lot of luck! Very Happy
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 08:15 pm
@tsarstepan,
It probably helps that he's a marine engineer, who lives on a ship several months a year. He knows how to make good use of space. Also - he has a house on Long Island that he rents out - but he keeps the garage as a workshop - custom-built his bed and hall/kitchen cabinets to fit his space.
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chai2
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 08:35 pm
@tsarstepan,
yeah, I think that house is for the single person.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 08:53 pm
What they need is this: - a sofa that converts into bunk beds.

http://www.resourcefurniture.com/space_savers/doc1.php

or this
http://www.resourcefurniture.com/space_savers/atoll0001.php
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2009 10:13 pm
@CalamityJane,
CJ That Orange sofabed is the coolest sofabed I've seen! http://i47.tinypic.com/1zb9a40.jpg
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