A couple years ago, Manhattan architect Luke Clark Tyler, lived in a 96 square foot apartment. Instead of upsizing with his latest move, he chose to squeeze himself and his belongings into even less space.
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.
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).
Here's a link to an entry by the tenant (Manhattan architect Luke Clark Tyler) in the Small/Cool 2011, the 7th Annual Smallest Coolest Home Contest.*
What I Love About My Home
its simple, efficient, convertible, and zen enough to be comfortably habitable.
Here's a link to an article on FairCompanies.com from three weeks ago: Manhattan shoebox apartment: a 78-square-foot mini studio
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”.
“Having lived in both the largest shelter in the Southeast as well as the largest slum in East Africa, I don’t think living small is a challenge. So we can call it anything; a room, a hallway, a live-in-closet, but to me it’s just home.”
Today the Daily Mail has an article that has upped the rent $50: Is this the smallest apartment in America? $800 a month 'shoebox studio' in Manhattan is just 78 square foot
Set in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, the location couldn't be better, which might explain why Mr Tyler spends so much on so little space. [...]
The average rental price per square foot in a studio is $72 but Mr Tyler is paying almost twice as much...
* Luke's micro-flat didn't win the 'smallest/coolest' contest. The national and international winners, as well as the finalists, are here.