Micro Unit Design Solutions and a Little Bit of Apartment Therapy

Micro Unit Design Solutions and a Little Bit of Apartment Therapy

Janel Laban
Jul 12, 2012

I had the pleasure of talking to Jesse McKinley of the NYT for a feature in today's Home & Garden section. It was written in response to the recent news of Mayor Bloomberg's "micro-unit" design competition. The concept of living well in 300 square feet (the suggested size of the units to be designed as affordable housing for NYers) is nothing new here at Apartment Therapy, and we were happy to share some tips and thoughts on the pluses of the small space lifestyle.

The mayor's challenge to design a building comprised of 275-300 square foot units is based on data that shows there is 1.8 million one and two person households in the city, but a far lower number of studio and one bedroom apartments. These proposed new small apartments would be geared towards young people moving to the city for work, so the goal is for them to be as affordable as possible.

But, as many of you know, the choice to live small often benefits more than just the pocketbook. As Mr. McKinley notes, I absolutely do believe that "outfitting such tiny surroundings can actually be good for your soul". Living simply has many rewards and yes, editing is crucial, but also freeing.

(Although, c'mon Mayor Bloomberg, a closet really is pretty indispensible!)

The article includes design tips, an interview with Seth Herzog (who lives in 115 square feet), as well as plenty of nifty pieces for super small space living from appliances to furniture.

Check it Out: Must Haves for the Micro-Pad | The New York Times

(Image: Suzi's 200 square foot home from Small Cool 2012)

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