225 Square Feet

225 Square Feet

At 225 square feet, Ryan Harris’s East Village apartment is solidly part of the microdwelling club, but when he signed the lease two years ago, he “kind of thought it would be temporary.” Harris travels a lot for his job as a transit planner with Jacobs Engineering, so he was looking for something small, though this is a bit tighter than he anticipated.
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225 Square Feet

Architect Michael Chen is pretty well-known in New York for his smart storage solutions for small apartments. But this 225-square-foot studio in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood almost scared him off. The ramshackle nature of the space, which hadn’t been remodeled in something like a hundred years, he says, and its minuscule size posed a set of unique challenges for him. “I was nervous about the project at the beginning,” Chen says. “I wasn’t really sure what we could do there. The floor sloped; the ceiling sagged. It was so small.”Nevertheless, Chen was able to gut the unit and use a crawl space to house several transforming components, including a slide-out table, a pullout pantry and computer, and a Murphy-style bed to give the homeowner more functionality for entertaining, dining and working.
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225 Square Feet

Courtney Duffey is just one example of a recent college graduate who moves to the big city for a new opportunity. Having never been to New York City before, the University of Michigan grad landed in Manhattan in 2014 with just two days to find an apartment. She didn’t expect to end up in a roughly 225-square-foot studio, but over time, she has made the space her own.
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225 Square Feet

While to some, the thought of dwelling in a 225-square-foot apartment sounds cramped and difficult, many find the idea of living small appealing. In the video above, designer J. Michael Moore shares the benefits as well as brilliant small space ideas that he has incorporated into his own tiny New York City home.
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225 Square Feet

micro-living opportunities A trend in cities across the globe, the micro-lofts at the arcade providence offer residents small, attractive living spaces in the center of downtown. These efficiently designed lofts provide a unique opportunity to live in an affordable, thriving urban environment. The artist’s renderings of the micro-loft shown here are typical of a 2nd floor unit. Please note that these are an idea of how the lofts may look, but there may differences in fabrics and finishes. One-bedroom units from 225-800 sq. ft. Kitchen with nearly full-sized refrigerator, sink, dishwasher and microwave Full bath with shower Built-in beds, seating and storage Gathering spaces including a common room with flat screen TV, Wi-Fi and porches Bike access: Outside ramp brings rider directly to bike storage room Additional lockable storage on basement level Coded security access for residents On-site laundry facilities Convenient access to public transportation Downtown conveniences including restaurants, theaters, shopping, art and culture, music and entertainment, gyms and car rentals Parking available at two nearby garages for a discounted monthly fee Contact the arcade team.
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225 Square Feet

The unit is 4 feet deep, 8 feet tall, and 13 feet long. Harris chose to work with plywood because it is affordable and easy to work with, plus, since he thought the space might be temporary, he might need to disassemble it. On the day he moved, he piled all of his belongings into one corner of the apartment and went to Home Depot to buy the wood. He had the biggest cuts made at the store, and did literally everything else inside the apartment. He owned all of the tools he needed, but he had to build a sawhorse. “I thought there would be space,” he says, but there was, unsurprisingly less space than anticipated.
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225 Square Feet

Michael K Chen Architecture Chen was most excited about getting a table into the apartment. “In 220 square feet, the last thing you would expect is a table that seats four to five people,” he says. “This feature is so valuable. It enables you to entertain, to have a dedicated space for a meal, a place to work. It’s such an important feature in any residential space, so we became obsessed with how to get the biggest table we can.” When pulled out, the slim table can act as an additional kitchen work surface, turning the area into a galley layout of sorts. Transparent Italian folding chairs from the 1970s allow for extra seating when needed and can be folded up and tucked away when not.
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Chen was most excited about getting a table into the apartment. “In 220 square feet, the last thing you would expect is a table that seats four to five people,” he says. “This feature is so valuable. It enables you to entertain, to have a dedicated space for a meal, a place to work. It’s such an important feature in any residential space, so we became obsessed with how to get the biggest table we can.” When pulled out, the slim table can act as an additional kitchen work surface, turning the area into a galley layout of sorts. Transparent Italian folding chairs from the 1970s allow for extra seating when needed and can be folded up and tucked away when not.
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Before I let you go to soak this badass-ery in, quickly back to his career: kid had epilepsy; overcame said epilepsy and the side effects/obstacles it presented to rip every square inch of the god damn mountain, notching umpteen titles, official and otherwise, as a true do-all shredder. And that was only step one on this long journey he has taken. Man really walked the walk. Now you get the pleasure of listening to him talk the talk.
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Michael K Chen Architecture Cabinetry over the headboard offers more storage. An illuminated cove with LED lights has space for an alarm clock and books. “The sensation of being in there when the bed is down feels like a really, really nice hotel room,” Chen says. “There’s so much design per square footage.”
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Cabinetry over the headboard offers more storage. An illuminated cove with LED lights has space for an alarm clock and books. “The sensation of being in there when the bed is down feels like a really, really nice hotel room,” Chen says. “There’s so much design per square footage.”
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The unit measures exactly 8-feet tall, and he had to assemble it standing up, using a step ladder to support pieces while he attached them. It seems like the job would have been much simpler with help, and Harris admits that another pair of hands would have made it easier. But he says, “I wanted to do it on my own.” Construction occurred over two months, but “minus all the swearing,” Harris says he built it in a “solid five days.” “There was a lot of redoing things,” he says.
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Michael K Chen Architecture The crawl space was only 5 feet high and was broken up by a chimney that serves apartments below, so it wasn’t a single continuous space that could be opened into the main room. A built-in dresser with six drawers sits under the sloping surface of the former crawl space. A door at the far back opens to concealed crawl space storage. To the right of that is a small hanging compartment with a rod that can be pulled out.The homeowner has to crouch a bit to access the dresser, but Chen didn’t want anything sitting flush with the entrance hallway. “It felt nicer to see some more floor space when you walk into the apartment and come down the stairs,” he says. “It’s visually more generous.”
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The crawl space was only 5 feet high and was broken up by a chimney that serves apartments below, so it wasn’t a single continuous space that could be opened into the main room. A built-in dresser with six drawers sits under the sloping surface of the former crawl space. A door at the far back opens to concealed crawl space storage. To the right of that is a small hanging compartment with a rod that can be pulled out.The homeowner has to crouch a bit to access the dresser, but Chen didn’t want anything sitting flush with the entrance hallway. “It felt nicer to see some more floor space when you walk into the apartment and come down the stairs,” he says. “It’s visually more generous.”

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