Here's How a Family of 4 Lives in 640 Square Feet

Here's How a Family of 4 Lives in 640 Square Feet

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Nancy Mitchell
Apr 14, 2016
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A while back we showed you a Brooklyn apartment where a family of three lives in 675 square feet. Today we're taking it to the next level, with a family of four who lives in an even smaller 640 square foot home. Here's how they do it. Hint: there are lots and lots of built ins.

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Before moving in, this family of four, which consists of Michael and Joanne, son Jonah, and baby Esther, commissioned Margarita McGrath and Scott Oliver, of Noroof Architects, to make this small space work for their young family. The abundance of built-ins and shiplike efficiency was inspired in part by Jonah's love of pirates.

In the living/dining room, a table folds down from the wall for family meals (or homework). Behind it is a wall of bookshelves. And though the kid's room pictured above is awfully narrow, there's still room for a bed AND a desk thanks to this ingenious furniture design, which folds down from the wall to become a desk and then flips over to become a bed at night. Built-in storage covers the walls, and if you look closely, you'll see that there is storage in the floor, as well. The architects used literally every square inch of available space.

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The kitchen, which occupies a long, narrow space between the front door and the living room, also has plenty of built-ins, like this slide out pantry cabinet. There's plenty of room for Michael to indulge his love of cooking, and plenty of room for the rest of the family to gather around. Michael and Joanne admit that when Esther gets a little older and starts collecting more toys, they may outgrow their current storage and have to look for a new place. But for now this little apartment is the perfect family home.

To see more of the apartment and read more about the renovation, check out the full story from Dwell.

Re-edited from a post originally published 4.29.15-NT

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