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America’s smallest apartment?: a 78-square-foot live-in closet

By Kirsten Dirksen
August 9, 2011
File under: Living Space, Remodeling Green, Saving Money

Luke Clark Tyler is in a serial relationship with tiny homes. His last New York City apartment was just 96 square feet. His current place is even smaller.

Luke now lives in a 78 square foot shoebox studio. It’s too narrow to fit a bed lengthwise, but using a bit of plywood and 2x4s he built his own custom bed/couch.

When it’s down as a bed the room is mostly bed and when it’s up as a couch he can prop his feet on the far wall. Luke admits to having a close relationship with the wall, but says it’s an excuse to not buy an ottoman.

He keeps his clothes, plates, microwave, books, spices and shaving and cleaning supplies in a large built-in cabinet. The rest of his kitchen is a tiny refrigerator that helps hold up his desk (he works for home as a contract architect).

While he admits he misses being able to cook a real meal- though he’s vegetarian so eats a lot of vegetables and nuts and can even microwave eggs- Luke doesn’t see living small as a sacrifice.

He loves living in the heart of New York City- his place is in Midtown Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen- and he likes paying just $750/month (cheaper than the shared housing he could find in the area).

Perhaps it helps that his neighbors live in similarly-sized studios- he shares a bathroom with 3 other tenants on his floor-, but he is happy in what he calls his “Midtown Mansion”.

More tiny home videos from faircompanies:

Modern Hobbit House: a Tiny Cob Home

Space Saving Furniture that Transforms 1 Room into 2 or 3

An Illegally Small Tiny Home on Wheels

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