Category Archives: Tiny Homes

A series for Tiny Homes!

Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms…


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Date: March 10, 2020

01) Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms


“In 2005, third-grade-teacher Eric Schneider bought as big as an apartment as he could afford in Manhattan. He paid $235,000 for a 450-square-foot studio with a tiny kitchen.

Then he let architects Michael Chen and Kari Anderson of Normal Projects design a way to pack more density into his small space.

In order to fit more apartment in a small footprint, they created an object that’s bigger than furniture, but smaller than architecture and that morphs with the changing activities of a day.

It’s a large, blue, oversized cabinet that houses all of the walls/bed/tables/shelving/closets needed for at least 4 full-sized rooms.

By continuing to unfold, or fold differently, Schneider can create a bedroom with accompanying built-in nightstand and closets, but an office plus library, a guest bedroom, and a living room. Or close it up entirely and simply flip down the small bar and the room becomes entertaining space for a dozen.

The Normal Projects architects called their creation the Unfolding Apartment, though given Schneider’s affinity for the Japanese sense of space (he spent his first year post-college living and teaching in Japan), it could as easily be called the Origami Apartment.

In total, Schneider spent $70,000 total remodeling his new apartment and this includes not just the cabinet, but the bathroom renovation, all cabinetry, kitchen appliances, furniture and dishes.

In this video, Chen shows us his custom cabinet of rooms and Schneider unfolds a few of his favorite configurations: his bedroom (& closet/changing room), office (& library), guest bedroom, kitchen, dining bar, living room and lounge.

Normal Projects/Michael Chen Architecture: http://www.normalprojects.com/

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The Reality of Van Life on Social Media…


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Date: March 01, 2020

01) The Reality of Van Life on Social Media


“After my experience of being a van life youtuber, I came to the conclusion that it’s really not possible to not make something on youtube look better than it really is without making it extremely boring. Many people think that they want or like creators who show all sides of their lifestyle accurately. No they don’t. Van life and travel vlogs are entertainment. They’re enjoyable to watch because they allow us to dream of a life we don’t have or can’t have. If you were to see what van life was actually like the majority of the time for anyone who’s not rich and not working or who’s income doesn’t come from making their life into a “reality” tv show so people can live vicariously through them, you’d yawn and move onto the next video.”

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Oldest US mall blends old/modern with 225-sq-ft micro lofts…


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Date: January 30, 2020

01) Oldest US mall blends old/modern with 225-sq-ft micro lofts


“The Providence Arcade is nearly 2 centuries old, but when Evan Granoff bought it was considered one of the city’s most endangered properties. Realizing that the demand for commercial space would never match that for downtown housing, Granoff decided to convert the upper floors of the country’s first indoor mall into tiny loft apartments.

At just 225 square feet, the smallest units would have fallen below the city’s minimum size standard for apartments so Granoff decided to classify his micro-lofts as a rooming house. The Providence rooming house code allows for rooms as small as 80 square feet (single occupancy), as long as they don’t have a cooking facility. Fortunately, for Granoff and tenants, a microwave is not considered a cooking device.

The tiniest units rent for $550 per month, almost half the city average, and all of them rented out almost immediately (there’s now a waiting list). Many of the tenants don’t spend a lot of time at home. We talked to Naz Karim, a doctor who works emergency room shifts, and plans to spend much of the year on a fellowship in Africa and Sharon Kinnier who uses the loft for when she’s working in a Providence lab formulating organic cosmetics (she spends the rest of the time with her husband in Washington D.C.).

The bottom floor of the mall is still commercial, but Granoff limits it to micro retail so no chains and they’re all focused on fashion and art design. We stopped in at nude boutique where Amy Stetkiewicz, one of the 6 local designers, was closing up shop downstairs from her micro loft.”

$750 a month for this is obscene…but I love the general thing they’ve done with this old mall.

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This Tiny Home Community Gives Homeless Veterans A Chance – Working To End Veteran Homelessness…


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Date: December 04, 2019

01) This Tiny Home Community Gives Homeless Veterans A Chance – Working To End Veteran Homelessness


“This amazing project gives temporary homes to veterans who are looking to get back on track. Sometimes, all it takes is a period of time for people to get back on their feet, these project attempts to do just that. These tiny homes are designed with the veteran in mind and the Tiny Home Tours team was happy to donate to the cause.

Their website – https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/

Their Insta – https://www.instagram.com/vcp_hq/

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This company can build move-in ready houses using a 3D printer…


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Date: November 05, 2019

01) This company can build move-in ready houses using a 3D printer


“We speak to Jason Ballad, co-founder of ICON, a company that is building non-profit houses with a 3D printer for just $4,000.”

I’m a bit skeptical about the price tag, but this is awesome.


Take a Look Inside America’s First 3D-Printer Home ICON Vulcan I:

“An inside look at the country’s FIRST EVER 3D printed home!

Rebecca Powers from the Center for Natural Living follows Jason Ballard, co-founder of ICON, for a guided tour during SXSW. Check out their website for more information about this innovative company!

https://www.iconbuild.com/

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10 Awesome Houseboats and Future Floating Homes…


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Date: October 24, 2019

01) 10 Awesome Houseboats and Future Floating Homes


“Today, we look a variety of houseboats, some available now, and some in the near future.

Highlights from this video include solar-powered houseboats, functional boat homes that use the water around them to keep heated and cooled, modular floating buildings, prefab houseboats with a minimal energy footprint, and floating hotel rooms.”

I think most of these qualify as tiny homes…if very expensive tiny homes.

I’d love to own one.

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Breathtakingly Beautiful Japanese Tiny House on Wheels…


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Date: August 24, 2019

01) Breathtakingly Beautiful Japanese Tiny House on Wheels


“It’s possible that this is one of the smallest homes that we have visited on the show so far and yet without doubt it is one of the most spectacular in it’s design. Japan is a country already world-famous for it’s small space designs, and so it should come as no surprise that when Japanese master-craftsman Tagami Haruhiko turned his attention towards the tiny house movement, amazing things would happen.”

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Architect’s Micro Studio Apartment…


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Date: April 03, 2019

01) Architect’s Micro Studio Apartment


“In this video, we tour the incredible 28sqm (301sqft) apartment of architect Douglas Wan. The Melbourne apartment was originally constructed in the 1950’s as housing for nurses. It’s now been completely reimagined for modern times and transformed into a clever small studio.

For Douglas, this was an opportunity to develop a small living space that would perfectly fit his needs and lifestyle. Attracted to simple living and a self described monastic lifestyle, he wanted to create a place where he could be a part of the city, yet also retreat from it. He ventured to carry out an architectural experiment and find out what was possible in his own small home.

The result is a micro apartment which is as clever as it is simple. One which utilises the entire space, while remaining open and light. It’s rustic history is celebrated, yet also contrasted with the modern elements. Most importantly, it’s a wonderful home.

Citation:
https://www.j-in.com.au/

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How to Cut Costs with Tiny Living…


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Date: April 16, 2019

01) How to Cut Costs with Tiny Living

“Tiny homes aren’t just a fad anymore — what started as a way to lower mortgage payments and utility costs following the Great Recession has developed into a worldwide movement. And Google searches for “Tiny House for Sale” have grown a whopping 900%.

If you’re looking to purchase or build a tiny house of your own, there are a few decisions you’ll need to make: Where do you want to put your tiny house, and do you want to rent the land or purchase it outright? Are you looking to build your house on a foundation, or do you want to put it on wheels and travel from coast to coast with your home in tow?

When compared to a traditional or big house, tiny houses could save homeowners a lot of money. But exactly how much you’ll save comes down to the type of living situation you want. We’ve taken a critical look at the choices that aspiring tiny homeowners often have to make, and how much each option costs when compared to living in a traditional home on a one-month to five-year scale.”

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