As a self-proclaimed home design nerd, it makes absolute sense that as I began my minimalist journey, I became obsessed with tiny homes. Since I love to organize, the challenge of inhabiting a small space seems fun! One of my favorite websites to visit, Apartment Therapy, hosts an annual Small Cool competition (2012 contest info), where people show-off their, in my opinion, AMAZING and AWESOME small spaces. The contest is divided into size divisions of:
- Teeny-Tiny: under 400 square feet (my apartment fits here)
- Tiny: under 600 square feet
- Little: under 800 square feet
- Small: Under 1000 square feet
If you love small spaces like I do, I promise you will geek out over the entries in this competition.
I also LOVE small apartments that can transform into different spaces. Forget having a separate dining room, living room, bed room, even movie theater, these people have created wonderfully creative living spaces that transform into their needs. Here are my two favorite spaces as shown on youtube:
When Christian Schallert isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment looks like an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it.
Located in Barcelona’s hip Born district, the tiny apartment is a remodeled pigeon loft. Christian says its design was inspired by the space-saving furniture aboard boats, as well as the clean lines of a small Japanese home.
In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.”
Although I’m not nearly as creative as the apartment owners above, I try to transform my small 300 square foot apartment into a library, living room, entertainment room, dining room, and bedroom. Growing up, I lived in a big house with my parents. I could go for long periods of time without seeing either of my parents, because I usually stayed in my room, my dad stayed in the living room, and my mom stayed in her room. This became one of the reasons why I hate large spaces. Living in smaller spaces forces you to interact with the people you live with, like this family.
If you are like me and the apartment owners above, and live in a studio apartment by yourself, I still see more benefit in living in a smaller space. I purposefully chose to live in the center of the city, and to afford that, I live in a smaller space. When I first saw my apartment, my first reaction was that it was too small. Now, after living here for a year, and as an aspiring minimalist, I actually feel like my apartment is too big!
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