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Micro-Dwellings Across America

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From crowded cities to a trailer park of tiny houses planned for Sonoma County, California, multiunit micro-housing complexes are popping up all across America.
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  Brian Levy, Tony Gilchriest, and Jay Austin (left to right), are creating the Boneyard Studios complex in Washington, DC, along with Lee Pera and a team of architects and builders. The four structures onsite are both experiments in small-space living and, during public “work days,” a base for educating the community about construction, design, and tiny houses.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan
    Brian Levy, Tony Gilchriest, and Jay Austin (left to right), are creating the Boneyard Studios complex in Washington, DC, along with Lee Pera and a team of architects and builders. The four structures onsite are both experiments in small-space living and, during public “work days,” a base for educating the community about construction, design, and tiny houses.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan

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  nArchitects, Monadnock Development, and the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation partnered on a winning proposal for a micro-unit apartment block.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: nArchitects
    nArchitects, Monadnock Development, and the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation partnered on a winning proposal for a micro-unit apartment block.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: nArchitects

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  Renderings of their project reveal a building made of 55 modules that will be prefabricated in a factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and craned into place on a city-owned lot on East 27th Street in Manhattan.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: MIR
    Renderings of their project reveal a building made of 55 modules that will be prefabricated in a factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and craned into place on a city-owned lot on East 27th Street in Manhattan.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: MIR

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  The units are arranged on every floor to form a staggered facade and will measure between 250 and 370 square feet each.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: MIR
    The units are arranged on every floor to form a staggered facade and will measure between 250 and 370 square feet each.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: MIR

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  To make the sub-300-square-foot units in San Francisco’s prefab and LEED Platinum–targeted Smartspace SoMa building more livable, Panoramic Interests and ZETA Design + Build installed clever convertible furnishings, including a hydraulic table that lowers to become a window seat and a Murphy bed that turns into a dining table.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan
    To make the sub-300-square-foot units in San Francisco’s prefab and LEED Platinum–targeted Smartspace SoMa building more livable, Panoramic Interests and ZETA Design + Build installed clever convertible furnishings, including a hydraulic table that lowers to become a window seat and a Murphy bed that turns into a dining table.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan

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  ”It’s important to be able to get rid of the bed,” says developer Patrick Kennedy. ”To me, there’s nothing inherently more depressing than looking at the bed all day.”  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan
    ”It’s important to be able to get rid of the bed,” says developer Patrick Kennedy. ”To me, there’s nothing inherently more depressing than looking at the bed all day.”

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan

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  Jay Shafer’s Four Lights Tiny House Company sells floor plans for houses that start at 98 square feet. The Gifford is a Craftsman-inspired, 112-square-foot structure that can be wheeled from site to site. Shafer has designed a residential community of micro-dwellings in Sonoma County, California.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan
    Jay Shafer’s Four Lights Tiny House Company sells floor plans for houses that start at 98 square feet. The Gifford is a Craftsman-inspired, 112-square-foot structure that can be wheeled from site to site. Shafer has designed a residential community of micro-dwellings in Sonoma County, California.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan

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  At Boneyard Studios in Washington, DC, Brian Levy’s Minim house has a built-in sofa with storage and a moveable table that can serve as a dining area, desk, or kitchen worktop.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan
    At Boneyard Studios in Washington, DC, Brian Levy’s Minim house has a built-in sofa with storage and a moveable table that can serve as a dining area, desk, or kitchen worktop.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan

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  Jay Austin’s Matchbox house is only eight feet wide but feels bigger thanks to a well-organized interior.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan
    Jay Austin’s Matchbox house is only eight feet wide but feels bigger thanks to a well-organized interior.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan

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  A skylight over the lofted bed and some clever storage moves, including magnetized spice containers overhead help maximize space in Austin's Matchbox house.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan
    A skylight over the lofted bed and some clever storage moves, including magnetized spice containers overhead help maximize space in Austin's Matchbox house.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: Eli Meir Kaplan

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