Bathrooms and kitchens often have an unfortunate way of shrinking or even disappearing completely in small spaces -- especially in cities where the rent is expensive. We've seen people sharing bathrooms on the same floor to save on rent, but that's not for everyone.
Creatively arranging these welcome amenities into a compact footprint -- like this intriguing "Subaco" sanitary unit by Japanese company Spiritual Mode -- might be the solution for diminutive quarters that still aim to be comfortable.
Measuring 2 meters by 2 meters and totalling an impressive 43 square feet, the customizable Subaco is meant as an integrated, multi-purpose solution to maximize space, while still keeping the bare minimum of standard fixtures, says the company:
Washing, eating and resting, the bare necessities of life. All of these are provided for in a compact 2m X 2m space. Bathtub, toilet, wash basin, kitchen, laundry and even a loft that can be utilized as a living space make a simple bare space into an exciting area to enjoy and relax in.
The smart arrangement and streamlining of components allows for functional overlap; and the overhead loft area for storage or sleeping means even more space below is saved for other uses. Some good ideas here for both DIYers or otherwise; more information and drawings over at the company website.