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  • Lee Fatone

    I'm also in a pretty small space, there are two of us and a dog living in a studio. It's a large studio (not sure of the actual square footage, but there is room enough for a bed, sofa, coffee table, computer desk, etc.), but a studio nonetheless. It's interesting the way your lifestyle changes when you don't have room for non-essentials, in a way it's kind of liberating, but I can't lie, I miss having a bedroom.

  • Adriano Rahde

    Very nice post, and I think that almost everything that you said about the different areas, and how living small could be good and also a little dangerous to your health is quite right. But I don't know... I never actually do it, but I have a felling that we can go a little smaller and still be fine.

    Oh, here is video that we made talking a little about the Tiny House Movement

  • Tom Maybrier

    I'm living in a 220sf apartment. I can do it. But it's annoying at times. You can't have more than one "hobby" out at a time. I'm constantly putting things away and taking things out. Cooking is frustrating - there's no countertops! Mostly I have design problems, however - if the space was more intelligently laid out, life would be easier. I echo other commenters - when you're living in a small space you end up spending a significant amount of time outside of the house. Parks are your yards and public space becomes your "space" when you need it.

  • Mark Hill

    Oh God that's spacious we (3 of us) live in a less than 750 sq ft house in Tokyo Japan. The bedrooms pull double or triple duty because we dont have huge furniture and we use futons folded up into the closet during the day. One bathroom is plenty. why any one NEEDS 2 is beyond reason and is just a habit. Now having said that the Japanese are clever. They separate the toilet room and the shower/changing/laundry room and don't use a dryer (line dry). There is no utility closet with a huge water heater or air conditioners. There are room heaters/aircons and an on demand water heater. The living room is connected to the kitchen and also serves as the dining room (sitting on the floor), music room and entertainment room. Sliding doors eliminate the need for extra space and wide hallways. The house is two stories. I did build a small writing hut on the porch that just has a desk and a chair (like the size of a small cabin on a train). Our "yard" is any park we choose (we do have a sliver of a garden for greenery to look at), our "theater room" is any theater in the city we choose. You get the point we use the city as an extension on our house. We sell things we no longer need and only keep what we use and wear. I still don't know why we have so many cabinets in the kitchen. I think I have the boxes the dishes were in when we moved and a fish bowl (the fish died). We used to live in a 320 sqft apartment with a porch hut for writing that opened up for extra seating when we entertained. As long as you can see the outside spaces don't seem so cramped and you just adapt to the shell your in like a hermit crab.

    • Jelena Woehr

      I can so relate to having "little" space and actually having more space than you need! I recently moved from Denver to LA and in the process swapped out living in a 4-bedroom house with a yard for an 800sf apartment. There's only one of me, but I definitely don't even use all the space I have now. I think if I really liked the other two people, I could definitely live with three in that space (someone would have to build another wall or two for bedrooms, though). When you live smaller, you definitely spend more time out and about using the city as an extension of your home. I'm writing this from a coffee shop down the street from my apartment, in fact.

      • Mark Guay

        I often think of my friends in Buffalo where I'm from who own 3 acres and a large home for 150k. That definitely won't happen in LA or NYC, but I will admit I'm a better person when I have less items holding me down. I do plan on getting a Standard Poodle soon, however ;)