THE TINY APARTMENT – 298 SF (yes. 298)

How small of a space could you live in? How about 298 SF.? That’s right, I said 298. Well, it turns out that it’s not too bad. Here’s a small apartment I’m working on in Durham, NC. This will be built under the deck of an existing home near downtown. And, I have to say, this is the most fun I’ve had working on a design in quite a while. When you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you need to get creative to make the most of it. Which is really what good design is all about.

So what do you think? Too small?

I think I could be quite comfortable here, assuming my kids don’t decide to move in too.









  • Matthew Stanfield

    Very nice. I am a big fan of tiny spaces.

    • Jody Brown

      Me too!

  • Contempo Space

    Very well designed. Probably among the smallest reasonable living spaces.

    • Jody Brown


  • rcj

    very sweet
    it is interesting how all our most creative work comes out of dealing with constraints and ideally finding the nugget that we wouldn’t have without the constraint

    • Jody Brown

      So true. constraints are good.

  • bob

    What a shame your design is illegal under Durham’s UDO code, which requires a dwelling unit to be in excess of 400sf. Just one of the many ways the planning department prevents the growth of affordable housing in Durham.

    • Jody Brown

      Very true. The UDO is not very flexible for tiny units. Although, most jurisdiction have similar restrictions. I’ve seen a lot of folks get around that by putting the unit on wheels so they are technically a mobile home instead of a fixed residence to get around that problem. In this case it’s part of an overall house (not technically a separate for rent space). It’s basically a man-cave. A man cave of awesomeness.

  • kballantyne

    When we lived in Scotland we purchased a flat at 475 s.f.. It was really rather commodious for me, my wife and small son. We could have lopped off a clean 150 s.f. without issue. Clever design and an understanding that small-space living is actually quite a satisfying affair – winning combination. Well done.

  • Sarahsmilesalot

    I am converting a 10 x 12 ft. shed into a backyard retreat/guest house. Wish I had your help!