Quote:New Yorkers are famous for their teeny apartments, but a new trend in dwelling seeks to transform those tiny spaces into big assets. They're called "micro apartments," and they make a few hundred square feet feel like over a thousand.
Fold-away beds, moveable walls, and coffee tables that expand to seat 10 for dinner are just a few of the clever touches that transform these shoe boxes into veritable mini-mansions.
"The main idea is to get double, triple, quadruple use from every space," Graham Hill, founder of the sustainable living site TreeHugger.com and the design company Life Edited, told Fair Companies in a video interview.
With rising costs of living and a desire to limit one's environmental impact at top of mind, living simpler, and smaller, has taken off in cities around the world, especially ones known for their high rents. San Francisco recently passed an ordinance allowing for apartments to be built to 220 square feet. And "micro units" have also long been a Tokyo and Hong Kong mainstay.
Whatever works for folks, I guess. For all that I live a large metro area, Phoenix is nothing like New York. We aren't piled up in expensive high rise apartments. We're spread out quite a bit here.
As I read this article I looked around the 400 sqft familyroom I'm in and tried to imagine what it would be like for this to be the entirety of my living space. I couldn't do it. Not at this point in my life. I like having some room to roam.