Genuine solutions of 27 square meters.
In major cities around the world, both housing prices and urban growth make more and more compulsive living.
The term “micro-living” has long existed in cities such as Tokyo and Hong Kong, and in more and more cities, the compact way of living and living becomes the reality of many.
– When many people live in a relatively small area, as is the case in the big cities, the square meter price is pushed up, and the housing size is down, explains Sydney-based architect Nicholas Gurney to Klik Bolig.
Remember that it’s not a problem in itself to stay compact. What’s the problem is that many people do it in homes that do not work, neither design nor space optimized to be able to live well little space.
These were also the words the architect used to convince Jane Cavanagh and her husband that they should trust what he could do with their little apartment in Woolloomooloo, Sydney.
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Want flexibility and function
Cavanagh and her husband had contacted Gurney with a desire for help turning their 27 square feet of space into something that would work and be good to live in.
– It’s always fun to design small homes. Then the requirements are so much bigger, but if you make it work, its bigger is often the joy of the outcome, says architect Gurney.
Someone is better off living without clutter and only dealing with things one really needs, but we need everybody in terms of housing.
Everyone needs furniture and space to ensure that living, eating, working, relaxing and sleeping, no matter how many square meters you live, Gurney emphasizes.
– In addition, the vast majority of storage needs to different degrees. Some have many books, because others are clothes. And we all have Christmas ornaments, suitcases and other nips naps that we need nearby, if not at hand every day.
No bigger than a hotel room
For Cavanagh and her husband there were many reasons why they ended up buying the small one-room.
– Housing prices in Sydney are high, and if you move too far, you have to spend valuable time each day commuting, either collectively or stuck in traffic jams during peak hours, she says to Click Housing.
– This is probably the main reason why more and more choose to switch size to location.
Living a large does not necessarily mean living in a large house. Technology in interaction with multifunctional furniture makes it possible to get a small apartment to be at least as habitable and cleverly decorated as a home that is perhaps both double and triple in price, says the architect.
Cavanagh and her husband did not make so many demands of the architect she had hired.
– Jane wanted a blank canvas for a good weekday, a home that worked, despite her moderate size, says Gurney.
– The challenge here is that in such small homes is often a thin line between cozy and claustrophobic.
But the architect soon had a plan for the micro-home. Now, he only needed Cavanagh’s approval before he could get started.
– It was basically the color scheme it was on, shouts Gurney.
– I thought that this apartment needed some “risky” colors, in order to make a rough sense of other and larger homes, he adds.
And Cavanagh trusted the architect and said yes.
– Something that would turn out to be one of the better choices I’ve ever made, she says.
Built-in box as hidden rooms and features
The first architect did, was to remove the original floor plan in the apartment, replacing it with some kind of built-in “box” along one long wall of the apartment. This should accommodate the apartment’s various rooms and features.
– The box consists of sliding doors along the entire length, which separates bathrooms and sleeping zones inside the sliding doors from communal areas such as kitchen and living rooms, explains Gurney.
– At the same time, you can also find shelf space and more storage behind these doors.
The new floor plan also made use of the natural light of the apartment from large windows, making the most of the beautiful view of Sydney’s beautiful skyline.
The best thing about the built-in box is that you can accommodate everything you need in the apartment, eliminating the need for many big furniture that otherwise stands up and takes up space, says Gurney.
– The apartment is now so flexible due to these sliding doors that it can function as either bedroom or airy and open plan living and kitchen, which is convenient for everyday – and especially if guests are waiting.
Become experts on living compact
Cavanagh and her husband even feel that they have become experts in living in small space.
“Living as we do now, forces you to look at what you really need to surround yourself with and what you can do without it,” she says.
– We’ve given away many things that we realized we simply did not need to live well, she adds.
Asking if she would like to live bigger, Cavanagh answers:
– I love the clean lines here that there is no room for any mess, which means we are good at keeping it tidy around us. It feels very good and quiet to live here.
For Gurney, the project was the start of a new one.
– I want to work more with this kind of micro-housing, says the architect.
– I think that housing like this will be the reality in the future of many in urban areas, and I love thinking that I can help create homes that people can actually afford and that can work for different people, he adds.