Leslie Banker
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Living Large in a Micro-Unit

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October 17, 2012
Shirlee wrote:
Just curious.... a few thoughts and suggestions - Why wasn't a small bifold door and perhaps a pocket door used in this design?

As one enters the "apartment" on the right I would have put a small single 24 inch bi-fold door for space to access coats, and incorporate a small area which could contain a two drawer unit for socks, etc.. and short length hanging rod for hanging the coats and daily clothing, then some shelving space for other things which are foldable clothing.

I would have then put a pocket door in the "kitchen" area so that I would have a very shallow pantry with multi level shelving for staples, canned goods and perhaps also it would provide space for paper products i.e. napkins, towel, and trash bags, plastic wrap, etc.

I grew up in a one bedroom home as a child which was shared with my mother, grandmother and sister. Mom slept on a fold out couch and my sister and I had bunk beds across from gram's twin bed. Total living space was perhaps less than 400 sq. feet. and it really wasn't all that bad.

I currently have a 1250 sq ft home w/ full finished basement on 6 rural acres (2 of which are wooded) and I can't even imagine living in a home any bigger than this. It's HUGE compared to my humble beginnings.

Guess growing up in such small spaces is why I have relocated doors, rebuilt closet spaces and removed other non essential things in my current home and optimized the spaces I do have. Looks very small from the outside and everyone that enters is shocked at how well laid out and big it looks once you step over the threshhold.
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Interior designer Leslie Banker designed a tiny bedroom for a client in which the desktop was on a hinge, just like on a ship. "When the client worked, she pulled the desk up, and when the desk wasn't in use, she folded it down. She has a small stool to sit on when she uses the desktop, so it tucks away easily," Banker says.She adds that high ceilings and at least two windows would let in plenty of natural light and give access to a view — preferably an attractive one. "The windows and the view help bring your attention beyond the interior space, which can improve your comfort when living in a tiny, tiny space," she says.Think DifferentlyNot everyone is built for microunit living. Cohen says that living in a tiny space requires a kind of discipline and self-awareness that living in a larger home may not foster. "You have to know your priorities, and you must downsize significantly before making the move," she says. "But living in a 90-square-foot apartment let me live comfortably, travel, write a book and eventually buy my own apartment in Manhattan — which is something that is really difficult to do nowadays."Cohen says that she began and finished packing up her tiny unit on the same day of her big move — just two blocks away from her tiny home. "I remember looking at my upsized 500-square-foot apartment and thinking, 'Wow, there are all these closets, and I don't have that much stuff.' The place felt humongous," she says.Tell us: Have you lived in a tiny apartment or home? Share your story and small-space living tactics with us. We'd love to hear about it.More: Tiny Home Built for Big AdventureMore Design Lessons from Micro LivingHow Downsizing Can Make You Happier at Home

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