23 January 2010

Living and loving in 450 square feet

Katie and her husband Martin live in a 450 square foot apartment in Berlin. Katie's and American ex-pat and she writes a blog called Making This Home. Her blog's about renovating all of those 450 square feet, one task at a time. She takes plenty of time along the way to tell stories about sustainability, life, love and being a stranger in a strange land. As much as I love a good ex-pat blog I have to say that what's has me so taken with Katie is the feat she and Martin performed on their 36 square foot kitchen.



That's right a 36 square foot kitchen.





But look what they've done. It's beautiful and I don't doubt for a second that it does everything they need a kitchen to do. Living big is easy, living small on the other hand takes some real skill. Skill that these two have in spades. Schöne arbeit! Glückwünsche!





Check out the rest of Katie's blog, Making it Home, here.

11 comments:

  1. oh that's beautiful! I can't imagine what it would have been like to cook in that stark little closet before!

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  2. I think so too. I love the challenge of designing small spaces and I can't help but wonder if I'd be so clever in something THIS small. I doubt it.

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  3. I'm not sure I'd be that creative as well. Lot of sweat and tears in that project and it's lovely.

    The corner cooktop and higher oven wouldn't work for short people like me, but being taller, that's exactly why it works for them.

    I clearly need to grow.

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  4. Apparently, they did the design themselves. I am beyond impressed with their ability to cram that much function into so pretty a package. I have been shaking my head in wonder since yesterday.

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  5. I never thought I'd like a kitchen that was smaller than mine (and that's pretty amazing in itself!). They certainly did a great job finding innovative products to create more counterspace. I like it!

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  6. I have a small kitchen too Pam and these two have me looking at mine in a whole new light.

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  7. Restaurant kitchens are often tiny for what they manage to put forth. What's lost in space may be gained in efficiency. And their gathering spot here is closeby. That works; and nobody to trip over, unless they have a dog!

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  8. KUDOS to both Pam and Martin. They did a marvelous job! -Brenda-

    P.S: To me if one is looking for examples of small space efficiency; they can usually find it in the design of RV and/or Camping Trailers. Some of the ideas for function can be pretty impressive.

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  9. Tiny though this kitchen may be, it's the aesthetics that sell me on it.

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  10. Phew, mine is 33 sq. ft and I thought that was bad! Thank you for the link; fascinating!

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  11. 33?! This I have to see. Photos please!

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