Could you downsize your living space?

Manhattan at night in 2006. Photo from stock.xchng

When moving from one living space to another, storage is always a question that comes up. I know when I moved from Dallastown to York city, I thought my new closets seemed spacious. I ended up being very wrong, requiring me to downsize. On the flip-side, I have a large, open living room, and decorating it has been a challenge.

But what if you chose to live in a space smaller than most hotel rooms?

The recent winner of the adAPT NYC competition, ran by the NYC Department of Housing Prevention & Development, wants to create a building of 55 “micro-units” that are between 250 and 370 square feet big. (A quick Google search shows the average hotel room is about 400 square feet.)

It will include a living room that turns into a bedroom, a small kitchen, a sink, shower and toilet and other unique storage spaces. Check out these initial sketches.

The lowest rent, according to a Treehugger article, is $940 a month. This is more than double what I pay now, but we are talking Manhattan, not York city.

This is not the smallest living quarters in NYC, though.

Treehugger interviewed a Manhattan architect who lives and works in his 78-square-foot apartment. There is a seven-minute video by Fair Companies that shows viewers how Luke Clark Tyler actually functions in a space that is a bit skinnier and a little bit longer than one of my closets. He pays $800 to live in the Manhattan neighborhood Hell’s Kitchen.

This is the definition of tiny living, but the residents usually say they chose to because they are out exploring, “living” in the city, and don’t need much at home to sustain them.

For more little apartments, check out the LifeEdited apartment, a bit bigger at 650 square feet but on the smaller end for apartments.

Have you ever decided to downgrade your living space? What are your feelings about tiny living spaces?

Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University, is a York City dweller and has been vegetarian and geek for more than five years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

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