Minimal Space Living

I did some searching, but can't find any decent answers to the following questions – I'm hoping some of you have some insight, suggestions, ideas, or links to studies that would be useful.

I'm interested in the minimum amount of space a person needs to be able to live and function comfortably in today's world.

What kind of design techniques allow for the greatest amount of functionality and comfort in the smallest space? Beds that fold into the wall or raise into the ceiling? Combining rooms in unconventional ways? Movable walls?

What are the best organization and storage strategies to keep a small space well organized and uncluttered while not forcing a person to "get rid of everything" that they're used to having around?

Is there a market for apartment complexes that emphasize minimalistic living situations? What about ones with larger common entertainment and cooking areas? (That last one kind of leans toward the idea of building a more closely knit "community", which is something I think we sorely lack right now in our society.)

Ideas? Wishlists? Essentials that you can't live without?

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  1. sparx said,

    I found a video related to this post on youtube.
    Jay Shafer gives a tour of his current home, less than 100 square feet, and presents some interesting solutions. I like the kitchen and bathroom setup – fully functional, but very compact.

    Jay's company, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company designs and builds tiny houses like the one he lives in.

    February 7, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

  2. dan said,

    when i was in college i lived in a one room apartment with a small bathroom. i had no stove and a tiny fridge and microwave.

    January 29, 2010 @ 9:20 am

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