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

by DIY Maven

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

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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Decorating Challenge: Small Budget, Big Personality

by Capree K

Decorating Challenge: Small Budget, Big Personality

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

182 Square Foot Apartment with an UPSTAIRS

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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San Francisco Rental Renovation

by DIY Maven

San Francisco Rental Renovation

Back in 2007, renter and interior designer Grant K. Gibson offered his landlord a renovation for two months' free rent. Three thousand bucks later, Mr. Gibson is living large in his made-over apartment and his landlord owns some very nice-looking property. It's hard to believe that somewhere under all this loveliness was sea-foam green and lavender walls.

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From YMCA Gym to Apartment

by DIY Maven

From YMCA Gym to Apartment

Interior design firm The Apartment turned a 7,000 square foot YMCA into a 5-bedroom apartment that also includes an interior garden and a 12 person theater. Original elements include the girders which were restored and painted to blend seamlessly with the contemporary--and extraordinary–make over. The lower level of the structure is the apartment while the upper region was left as a showcase for the agency's work. Via.

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6 Ways to Make Your Small Space Look and Feel Bigger.

by Chris Gardner

Until you master the art of knocking down walls without making your house collapse, or your stuck in a shoebox rental or dorm room, there'll always be the need to make your space seemer bigger than it actually is. Here's six tips from HandyManFixHomeRepair to do just that:

6 Ways to Make Your Small Space Look and Feel Bigger.

1. Use light colors.

 

2. Downsize your decorating.

 

3. Draw the eyes upward.

 

4. Use the right kind of lighting.

 

5. Make use of the flooring.

 

6. Don’t...

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"Lite Green" Ottoman Made From Repurposed Wooden Spool

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

                             

"Lite Green" Ottoman Made From Repurposed Wooden Spool

  Trying to furnish your new digs on a shoestring?  This fabulous ottoman/hassock can be made for next to nothing.  Go to a hardware store that sells electrical wire off of a wooden spool and ask for a discarded spool.  Next, go to a fabric store and buy a cool fabric remnant that will cover your ottoman. Hint:  Upholstery fabric is 54" wide.  If you have a twenty inch round (diameter) ottoman and you want it...

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The Mall Apartment

by DIY Maven

The Mall Apartment

Have you heard about the Providence group of artists who transformed unused space in Providence Place Mall into an apartment? The area was used to store materials while the mall was under construction from 1997-1999. After its completion near the end of ‘03, the space was abandoned. That’s when the gutsy collective went to work surreptitiously moving in about 2 tons of constructions materials, which included 90 30-pound cinder blocks to build a...

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