Tiny Apartment for Growing Family - Tiny House Blog

Tiny Apartment for Growing Family

Kirsten Dirksen from faircompanies.com just completed a follow up video with her neighbor in her tiny apartment. It was actually inspired by a comment on the Tiny House Blog when you posted the first video A Tiny Home for a growing family. A woman said “Hope she does an update interview” so Kirsten has. One year after the birth of her neighbor’s son.

Marta Barceló lives in a 47 square meter (505 sq ft) apartment in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. She first moved in with her husband. Then they had a son so they built him a bed under the stairs. Then they had a second son, so they put the living room on the roof, built a closet under the stairs and put their sons in bunkbeds in the old living room-turned-bedroom.

In this video, we follow Marta from her pregnancy with son #2 (Milo) to shortly after his birth mid-construction to a year later when their tiny home had been transformed to fit their family of four. Marta shows us how she’s reappropriated old furniture for new uses and talks about how she still doesn’t dream about more space, but just less stuff. —Quote from the faircompanies.com website

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Luna - April 13, 2011 Reply

that was funny when Marta said her boys would probably think it’s too small when they’re older but how it was a good thing so that they wouldn’t live there until they were 30! 🙂
thanks for sharing!

deborah - April 13, 2011 Reply

Well, hopefully her family has stopped growing. Ingenious lady!

Anne - April 13, 2011 Reply

Marta, what a lovely transformation! You and your husband are brilliantly innovative with your space. Thanks for sharing your home with us 🙂

{& thank you Kirsten for another great video}

Deek - April 13, 2011 Reply

GREAT vid- as always- Kirsten! 🙂


rulgert - April 14, 2011 Reply

i suppose they are unaware that approximately 25% of our fossil fuels are consumed in food production at an unsustainable 10% efficiency, and demand is scheduled to out strip supply in five years by current projections….

one child can carry the biological records for two, where a second child assumes the necessary reduction in population be an involuntary forfeiture to the option of parenthood of two other individuals…..so either they feel it is important to subject their children to a life of famine, or they plan to have their children rendered infertile, forcing the children to make up for their lack of foresight…OR…

i would LIKE to be a father, but i’m not…get it?….bitterly erased by the procreatively irresponsible, rulgert

P.S. i hope their plans include vasectomy…for the sake of their existing children..

    Lolo - July 12, 2011 Reply

    You think 2 children is irresponsible? There are so many people not having children these days. And you couldn’t possibly know the anguish of a parent losing their only child. Give them a break for having 2 children. Instead of attacking them for having 2 children, maybe you can spread the word of the upcoming famine? I haven’t heard anything about an upcoming famine in 5 years.

    Liz - December 26, 2011 Reply

    I am very, very glad you are not reproducing.

Jaie - April 14, 2011 Reply

Ah, tiny living with children. Something everyone has sworn blue can’t be done. Take that.

Foy Update - Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat. - April 15, 2011 Reply

I love this video. I adore tiny living spaces and I would like to have one or two kids and this makes it seem possible, and dare I say it?, stylish. We currently live in a 500 square foot apartment (no upstairs or terrace – how I would love that) I think we could accomidate at least one more.

Very inspiring.

Brianna Olds - April 20, 2011 Reply

Wow this is amazing. I’ve never seen a home like this before. Thanks for sharing, we’ll try to pass this tidbit onto our visitors interested in living in small spaces!

Brianna Olds
Social Media Marketing Manager at CoolProducts.com

noomi - October 6, 2011 Reply

I was horrified when I saw that pointed glass coffee table on rollers being moved around in the TV room. You have small children around!! So easy for a child to lose an eye – it almost happened to a child in my family, with a very similar table. Always a good idea to crawl around the house in order to see the dangers for kids at their level.

Maadu - July 23, 2012 Reply

Well the roof increase the size of the flat a lot, doesn’t it? I am glad for them, but you really cannot say thes live in a 47m2 appartment.

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