Living With Less: How to hide the bed, live in tiny houses and learn lessons from the trailer park
TreeHugger founder Graham Hill's article in the New York Times has sparked a lot of interest in the idea of living with less. Naturally, TreeHugger has been covering this idea since it started; here are some of our most popular stories on the subject.
After writing about yet another tiny apartment with a Clei Murphy bed, a commenter complained:
If I had $12,000 to spend on the Clei Murphy bed, I would probably have a large enough apartment to have a separate bed and couch.... [This] stuff is not priced for anyone in the middle or lower classes, and it is frustrating to see Treehugger and all these designers giving them so much play. Design something for the masses and this movement could take off.
He has a point. Here are some alternatives: More in TreeHugger
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The designer didn't have the ceiling height to go up to a loft, but being on the ground floor, was able to go down, an unusual and effective approach. There is a lot of clever stuff going on here in this work by Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos. More in TreeHugger
TreeHugger has shown a couple of apartments with moving walls, from Gary Chang's Domestic Transformer to Graham Hill's LifeEdited. The Barcode Room from Japanese designers Studio_01 carries the idea further, with three sliding partitions that fold into twelve configurations.
Small living spaces are big these days, and some don't look all that livable. This apartment, designed by Madrid's MYCC Studio actually looks like it would work quite well. The whole thing is just 6'-10" wide at the narrow part, with a bump out to 8'6" on the working space, but there is a place for everything in the 200 square foot apartment.
Archdaily shows a lovely little townhouse in Ho Chi Minh City, on a lot that is all of ten feet wide by thirty feet deep, designed by a21 Studio. That's smaller than most trailers in America, yet it feels much larger. More in TreeHugger
When working on Graham Hill's LifeEdited project, one of my favorite submissions was Borghese's idea of reconstructing an airstream trailer in one end of his apartment, leaving the rest open for anything, including campfires. It made a lot of sense; they pack a lot of living into a tiny airstream, everything you need, really.
There are lots of lessons to be learned about living in small spaces from boats, trailers and recreational vehicles; the following is a review of some of the better ideas we have shown on TreeHugger.
Freshome points to a real estate listing for a tiny apartment in a lovely old 1881 building in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is only 185 square feet, but is minimally and tastefully done and looks a lot bigger. More in TreeHugger
Architectural historian Jane Merkel writes in the New York Times about how immediately after World War II, "it was a time of common sense and a belief that less truly could be more. During the Depression and the war, Americans had learned to live with less, and that restraint, in combination with the postwar confidence in the future, made small, efficient housing positively stylish."
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