Affordable Housing, Single Family Home, Tiny Houses, Hannah Jenkins, Living Little, Book
In her new book â€śLiving Little,â€ť writer and editor Hannah Jenkins counts the waysâ€”and the reasons whyâ€”weâ€™re drawn to small spaces.
Tiny homes, trailers, rooftop apartments, and prefab cabinsâ€”the typologies may vary, but together they represent a growing trend toward a simpler, smaller way of living. The motivations to downsize are many, says Living Little author Hannah Jenkinsâ€”and they include the high cost of urban areas, and the desire to live affordably on oneâ€™s own. But one thingâ€™s for sureâ€”"It most certainly does not mean we have to compromise on design and quality of life," she writes. Read on for a peek at just a few homes from the book that prove you can live large with a small footprint.
A Barcelona Apartment With an Inner Courtyard
Dark, disconnected from the outside world, and heavily partitioned, this once-dingy apartment is now unrecognizable thanks to great design. Located in a charming old building amid narrow, leaf-strewn streets in Barcelonaâ€™s Gracia district, the apartment has been transformed by YLAB Arquitectos into a free-flowing, contemporary, and tastefully eclectic holiday home. The courtyardâ€”undoubtedly the propertyâ€™s best featureâ€”floods the interior with natural light, and the owners sought to capitalize on this valuable aspect in the homeâ€™s refurbishment. The heart of the design involved reviving the previously static inner courtyard and transforming it into a semiexterior garden. Dotted with a selection of custom planters, it imparts vibrant greenery to the space and connects the dwelling with nature and the outside.
Defined by an abundance of warm timber accents and an overall sense of intrigue, the aptly named Pine Flat residence by architecture firm A6A resides inconspicuously on the top floor of a 19th-century building. Inside, platforms, partitions, doors, and storage stitched together by plywood installations contrast the white, loft-style ceiling. Adding to the apartmentâ€™s congenial feel are heightened windows on the west side, which bathe the space in natural light while also offering views.