I was sent this neat video from a reader (Thanks Maria!) of a Tokyo Apartment. I often look to what Asia and Europe are doing in terms of living space because they have been living in such small spaces for a very long time. Americans are pretty new to the game, or at least we have moved away from it.
This house is a great example of what you can do with 300 square feet, divided into two regions: active/work and rest/lounge. The bed is lofted above all the functional spaces (bathroom, kitchen, closet). The design also incorporates a table that can seat 6 and a changing room. The changing room is pretty neat idea, with a lofted bed, we don’t have any room to really change, but a changing room meets this need, hides your clothes and provides privacy.
This video while I feel like it lacks some substance, it brings up a good point about building something with your hands. I think that an appeal of Tiny Houses is that they are approachable for people with little to know building experience. It reminds us of something that is lost in our culture, where lack of this skill, charm and hard work sometimes are cut out of the equation when it comes to a home. Anyway, for your consideration:
16mm color film. 6:43 min.
Lloyd Kahn claims that shelter is more than a roof over your head. As the author and publisher of over a dozen books on home construction, Lloyd has been grappling with the concept of home, physically and psychically, for over five decades. Situated in the financial and housing crisis, this film profiles Lloyd’s ideas on do-it-yourself construction and sustainability.
This house is obviously suited for more warmer climates, but I really like the styling of it. The top deck is huge and with open sides to allow a cross breeze. The house overlooks a lake in the Maduru Oya area of Sri Lanka. The house is made form a shipping container and most of the wood has been reclaimed from weapons boxes! The total size is 700 square feet, but that included the top deck, so the enclosed house is around 3-400 square feet.