Urban Tree House

Daniel LiCalzi (Product Designer and Co-founder of sustainable design studio Design Since), transformed his 271-sq-ft Brooklyn apartment into an Urban Tree House modeled after Disneyland’s infamous Swiss Family Treehouse. Daniel recently gave the SPACEStv Home & Design YouTube Channel a tour of his space and showed viewers how he was able to give such a tiny space the feeling of the open outdoors.

In the episode, Daniel showcases his newest “green” design products which include an AC unit covered with synthetic grass, a platform loft bed made of reclaimed metal and plywood, and a foot stool constructed out of reclaimed shoe soles. He also reveals these exclusive design tips on how-to open up a tiny space:

  • Loft your bed – With a lofted bed, Daniel is able to utilize the space underneath and use his hollowed out steps for extra storage.
  • Position tables and furniture towards a window – Daniel arranged his kitchen counter to point out towards the window giving the space a feeling of openness.
  • Bring the outdoors indoors – AC units are an eye sore, but Daniel covered his with synthesis grass to create something beautiful that transitions the outdoors indoors.

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The Man with the Million Cabinet Apartment

by Jessica Tenny

I work with the guys behind YouTube’s home and design channel SPACEStv (NYT) and wanted to send you the newest episode of “Tiny, Eclectic, Amazing Spaces,” a show which profiles people living large in small spaces. Michael Pozner (former Head of Retail Development for American Apparel) and Darrick Bowoski (Creative Director at Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture) take viewers on a tour of Michael’s 500 sq ft apartment, filled with more than 50 bespoke cabinets and drawers in New York City’s East Village.

Michael and Darrick also offer two pieces of advice on how to maximize and re-discover space in any teeny apartment:

  • To find hidden spaces in any apartment, Michael says to try doing some “exploratory demo.” Hidden behind Michael’s bedroom wall was nearly 30 inches of dead space, all of which was turned into floor-to-ceiling white-lacquered storage units. “Don’t be afraid to punch holes in your walls,” he says.
  • Work with negative space. Every step of the stairway leading to Michael’s lofted bedroom is a storage drawer. Behind that stairway is a cabinet. Michael’s advice is once you find and create a new storage space, always try to build upon the negative space that’s created.

Pozner living area and loft

 

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Luke Tyler’s 78 Square Foot NYC Apartment

Freelance architect Luke Clark Tyler has managed to turn 78 square feet of dull space into a cozy NYC apartment, and now he’s sharing his innovative design tips exclusively on Offbeat Spaces, a new web show on YouTube’s newest home & design channel called Spaces.

How to make the most of your small space:

  1. 1. To achieve a clean look in tight quarters, Luke recommends concealing storage within a small, organized closet.
  2. To create an illusion that deepens the overall space, hang a mirror above your desk or work area.
  3. Get used to using a hand towel to dry off after a shower. Regular-sized towels take up too much precious space.

Here is a video walk through with Luke and a photo gallery of his apartment.

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The Tiny Cottages of Faubourg Marigny

The French Quarter of New Orleans usually gets most of the attention for its architecture, stylish balconies and lively street life, but a small neighborhood just east of the Quarter has a selection of some of the best Creole and Classic Revival cottages in New Orleans. In addition, many of them are tiny.

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My husband and I recently went to New Orleans to visit with family and we rented a small apartment in the Fauborg Marigny area of the city. It’s only a few blocks from the French Quarter, but it feels like a different city altogether. The vibe is more historical and bohemian and less touristy and Bourbon Street-y. The main road is Frenchman, which is called the “local’s Bourbon Street”, and is known for its great restaurants, coffee shops and jazz clubs. Because the neighborhood is on higher ground, it escaped the worst of the Katrina flooding. Continue reading

Canada’s Smallest Rental

Micro-lofts and Housing Affordability

Burns Block is an innovative market rental housing project built by Vancouver companies Reliance Properties and ITC Construction Group. Located at the site of the historic Burns Block in the Gastown neighborhood of the Downtown Eastside, the building dates back 100 years and is on the Vancouver Heritage Register. The building features 30 self-contained affordable furnished market rental suites or “micro-lofts.” Suites range from 226 – 291 sq. ft., making them the smallest in Canada. The spatially-efficient design contains built-in, pull-down wall beds with integrated folding tables, flat screen televisions, compact appliances, ample storage and built-in safes for storing valuables. Typical rental value for each suite is $850 per month, including cable and Internet, and starts as low as $760 per month. The building is 18,000 sq. ft and has five floors. The majority of occupants are between the ages of 25 and 35 and include students and those working in the heart of the downtown area.

While the former use of Burns Block was for a Single Room Occupancy hotel (SRO) with shared facilities, suites in the redeveloped building each contain a “wet” bathroom and full kitchen. The building also features a rooftop garden, basement gym, bicycle storage and several environmentally-friendly elements. The Bitter Tasting Room, owned by Heather Hospitality Group, is conveniently located on the ground floor of the building, which also includes 1,421 sq. ft. of future retail space. Continue reading