Upper West Side Microstudio: New York's Smallest Apartment?

by DIY Maven

created at: 04/05/2011

Just how small does an apartment have to be before it's qualified as a 'microstudio?' In the case of Felice Cohen's Upper West Side apartment, that figure would be 90 square feet. She pays $700 a month in rent. Comparatively, the average rent for an Upper West Side pad is $3,600. Watch the video below to see how Felice lives in such a tiny place, and then answer this question: Could you live in 90 square feet?

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Next Generation House from Sou Fujimoto

by Jill W

Jenga House

Check out the Next Generation House by Sou Fujimoto Architects. It's like a house built with Jenga blocks but it's actually a small housing module for weekend use located on the edge of a forest overlooking the River Kuma at Kumakura, Japan. The small pavilion, a 4×4 meters cube, is made by assembling solid japanese cedar blocks kept in place by their own weight and connecting metal cables running through vertical drill holes.   

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Before and After: Kate's Home Office

by Jill W

created at: 01/10/2011

Tired of always closing the doors to her home office when guests came over, Kate decided to give her home office a complete chic makeover. Kate was initially inspired to do the office overhaul after purchasing the two bookcases that now flank her desk. And while the project took five months to complete, she was able to do it right under $1000!   

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Decorating Challenge: Small Budget, Big Personality

by Capree K

created at: 12/29/2010

Decorating with a student budget didn't stop Chicagoans Meg and Brad from transforming their 900 square foot apartment into a space full of style and personality.  These "colorful collectors" were able to create a completely unique and inspiring space - and stay in budget - with a little DIY ingenuity and a knack for finding hidden Craigslist gems.  But, their growing art collection is what really makes this space come alive.  

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182 Square Foot Apartment with an UPSTAIRS

by DIY Maven

created at: 09/14/2010

How do you pack a living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and hallway into an apartment that measures 11' x 3" wide by 16'  x 2" deep by 10' x 4" tall? You add a second floor, of course. The owner, airplane interiors engineer and Seattle resident Steve Sauer, is quite happy with his compact crib, which includes a soaking tub

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Remarkable Modern Dollhouse

by DIY Maven

Its 'architect', Tim Boyle. Its name, Emerson House. Its size, 30" x 21" x 18". Available through brinka dada, the doll house does not have an asking price, but here is its listing info:

Newly listed, the Emerson House is the perfect home for the modern family. The home has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child's bedroom. With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Emerson House enjoys year-round sunlight. The modern house features many extras including

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A Table that Folds Up into Picture Frame when Not in Use.

by Chris Gardner

When living in a small space, it can be tough to give up valuable floor real estate for a dining table, especially when you can just eat on the floor. Or the couch. Or in bed. Or, admit it, over the kitchen sink.

Picture table lets you hide your kitchen table in plain sight

But don't give up so quickly:

"For private habitations, hotel rooms, coffeehouses, lounges, multifunctional spaces,...A usually space consuming, functional piece of furniture can be turned easily into a decorative, space saving object...

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