Teeny Tiny Treehugger Apartment Wins My “Most Clever” Award — Just Don’t Make Me Live There

by Katy on February 8, 2013 · 19 comments

Like to watch videos of teeny-tiny clever apartment and tiny houses? Well then, I have a treat for you!

Just click this photo:

Treehugger apartment

Pretty cool, huh?

Just don’t make me live there. The flip down seat over the toilet in order to have a private phone conversation pretty much nixed the deal.

Even so, there was some serious brain power that went into the design of this New York City apartment.

And although I may not want to live there, I do want to play there for an afternoon.


Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny February 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

I live alone in a similar square footage, and I’ve been using this apartment as my inspiration as I absolutely love it! I’m planning to copy the concept of the expandable table that gets stored under the breakfast bar in my upcoming kitchen remodel. I put in a murphy bed about 8 years ago. Living in a small space really helps keep my cost of living low. Or at least that’s what I try to tell myself when the truth is I don’t feel I could afford even a one-bedroom home in my local real estate market.


Katy February 8, 2013 at 10:43 am

Wow, where do you live?



Jenny February 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

I live in Washington, DC. In my neighborhood you would be extremely lucky to find a one bedroom for less than $300,000. There are cheaper neighborhoods, but I choose not to own a car so I am willing to pay more for a highly walkable/bikeable location.


Mauren February 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I would tire of the small space rather quickly. It would be fine for a while if it was just me, but add a pet or another person, and it’s just too small. I would like to try it though.


That Other Jean February 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

It would be a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there–it’s simultaneously too stark and too busy. It doesn’t seem possible to go from one activity/space to another without moving something big, which would drive me nuts in short order. The 420 square feet doesn’t bother me all that much, but I would configure it, and decorate it, very differently. Clever, though, and it obviously works for him.


CB February 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Well designed small spaces really appeal to me and I think he’s got some awesome features! For my personal lifestyle I’d need a different kitchen – I don’t think he cooks much. But I’m amazed the he even fit in a wonderful guest space! Too cool. Kind of looks like a cozy train sleeper car.


Katy February 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I would love to rent this space for a vacation though. It would be the highlight of any trip.



Sharon February 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Yep, that’s a cool place – very clever use of space. It kind of reminds me of my relatives who lived in Boston. Their apartments were very, very small. They learned how to keep everything compact. It was nice to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there!


sheri lin February 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I love the creative endeavor but it’s too claustrophobic for me. I could deal with it for a week or so (eg. vacation) but not full time living.


dusty February 9, 2013 at 5:04 am

Lots of cool features, i would like to stay there for a couple of days but that’s about it. I especially love the guest quarters. I grew up in NYC but I wouldn’t live there now even if someone gave me an apt. Of course, if I could stay there with him, I might change my mind.


Katy February 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

He is pretty hot. 😉



Annie February 9, 2013 at 7:02 am

I applaud the cleverness of it all, but it’s looks kind of sterile and uninviting in that color scheme. I would be afraid to touch anything for fear of leaving smudges since dirt would be much more noticeable in a space like that. If it had more wood surfaces maybe in a slightly deeper tone…still, it’s a great use of minimal space. The one space I didn’t like was the “kitchen”, I doubt he does a lot of cooking and that’s where you can save on your expenses in NYC. Eating from restaurants all the time can be really pricy.

I wonder how much the whole project cost from start to finish and how was he able to afford it? Your average New Yorker usually can’t afford having all of that work done and pay rent/mortgage at the same time.


Kate@OrganizationforthetypeB February 9, 2013 at 7:03 am

That is so awesome! I love how clean an organized it is (jealous!!) I could live in that space if it was just my husband and I, but kids are a game changer. I need a room separate from my son (I just do..) We live in about 1,000 square feet and it’s perfect for me. Also, my husband is a musician, so unless he had a separate studio- but it’s nice to have his studio at our home because that is where he spends most of his time..


Diane February 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Amazing video. Love the way the space was used for so much more than you would expect. If I was living as a single person or just a couple this would be very doable.


tna February 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I could live in a closet so it would be like the bigtime for me.


Hannah February 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I think the apartment is gorgeous! He’s not hard on the eyes either 🙂


anna mermaid February 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

I love this space. But I am single and live in 750 square feet. I love how well this space is organized. I love furniture that does dual duty.


Ellie February 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

How cool!

I could totally have managed in that space when I was single – just not now, LOL!

On a more serious note, I do think it’s a shame that there aren’t more “small-scale” housing options like that for single people, whether it’s recent college grads/graduate students who just need “the basics” for a few years; or recently-divorce/recently split-up people who just need a basic “place of their own” while they figure out where they’re going next; or single people re-locating or otherwise “in flux”, etc. That sort of space might also work for a busy-outside-the-home young couple for a few years while they save up to buy. I think there’s a “market” for that kind of simple space, even it isn’t right for all of us at every point in our lives. But there’s a dearth of such “small, simple” – and relatively low-cost, one hopes! – housing options, IMO.


Gena February 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

My husband is OBSESSED with tiny homes. This one is pretty awesome, but entirely too minimalist for me!


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