Technically this one isn’t a tiny house—it’s a tiny apartment. But the same basic design principles apply, and this idea could easily be translated into a tiny house. Joseph Chiarucci of Fort Design Build was put in charge of renovating a 400-square-foot apartment—and he came up with some really brilliant ideas, one of which is quite surprising … a catwalk.
The catwalk takes advantage of the main useful feature of this house, which is a high ceiling. That provides a lot of vertical space which could easily go to waste without a clever solution.
The kitchen is located downstairs along with a sitting area.
Across from the sitting area is a desk with a computer.
What happens when you head around the corner from the sitting area?
You find yourself ascending a short flight of stairs. This brings you up to the loft.
Here you can see one of the catwalks being used. This is such an unusual feature, but really cool! It gives the home a unique personality which is a great fit for Brendan McInerney. Brendan loves to skateboard, so he has a great sense of balance and feels completely comfortable up on these narrow catwalks (for anyone else, they might pose a major safety hazard—though maybe some kind of handrail could prevent slips and falls).
The loft is pretty spacious. It has room not only for a bed, but also for another sitting area.
This angle gives you an even better look at the loft.
I am just crazy about these long drawers! Under-the-bed storage is of course common in tiny houses, but I have never seen such an outstanding design before. These drawers take up the entire space under the
bed, and since you can pull them all the way out, they keep your stuff thoroughly accessible. It is a breeze to reach something even in the very back.
Here is the bathroom. That looks to be a pretty large shower.
Here is a highly specific feature … I guess Brendan didn’t know where to put a vacuum cleaner (not that I can blame him; they are bulky and do tend to take up way too much space). So he has one in his wall, and there is a hose which comes out so he can clean the floor. My only questions here are … how does he empty it out? And what if he needs to vacuum some other part of his home?
So that’s it! You have now seen one of the most unique tiny spaces I have discovered to date. While the catwalk wouldn’t work for everyone, it is perfect for Brendan, and Fort Design Build has managed to create a roomy, open environment within 400 square feet. Visit the link below to check out more of this architect’s work.
Fort Design Build: http://www.fortdb.com/