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Monday, May 10, 2010

Tiny Living

I've always been fascinated by tiny living spaces. My grandparents' cabin in Quintette is really a 1 bedroom house, but it comfortably sleeps eight (and two more can sleep in the spare bedroom in the garage!). Sure, if there were six or eight folks actively living there, then spending time outside would be important, and coordinating shower time would be tricky, but otherwise, it's a remarkably functional space. The key to it is the layout of the common room (kitchen and living room) and the attic stairs that can close off access to two of the beds when folks are up rumbling around.

Folks think about how much space they need in terms of bedrooms or square footage, but I think that's a fallacy. Really, how a space is laid out is far more important than the quantity. And at the end of the day, for anything save dancing, I don't necessarily believe that more is better. Lord knows I've zero interest in vacuuming extra floor.

A few years ago, I looked into Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. They're awesome and I wish I could set one on the back of my yard. They're a bit too spendy for me to do that though.

A few months ago there was a great post about Gary Chang's amazing Hong Kong apartment.

Then there's the family of four that lives in 431 square feet in Paris. Oh, plus their dog, a big black lab.

In all cases, clutter is the enemy. The casual leaving of papers and dishes and whatnot make tiny living uncomfortable. Some say it's unnatural to live like this, but a quick look below decks in a ship shows that this sort of tiny living has always been reasonably common.

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