Micro Suites and Apartments

By Bruce Firestone | Uncategorized

Nov 12

Why are micro suites and apartments (less than 25 sq meters) so popular?

-millennials want a simpler life

-with less mortgage debt or rent

-closer to downtown, jobs, learning, entertainment and friends

Also, they’re sick of roommates, as in, “Who drank my beer?” or “Where’s my leftover pizza?” or “It’s your turn to clean the bathroom not mine!”

Here’re a few designs/ideas/examples: 

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In this video, French architect 

Jérôme Vinçon tells us that the smaller, the more constrained the space, the better, more creative he (or any other designer) must be… How true. 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koKg8Hgz-mE?feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1&origin=https://safe.txmblr.com&wmode=opaque&w=540&h=304]

From an investor point of view, you could do far worse than owning/renting 100 micro apartments in Amsterdam in a building called Zoku:

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As Hans Meyer explains, a loft bedroom (not a new concept, a rediscovered one, https://profbruce.tumblr.com/post/152552479679/space-creating-beds-this-is-not-a-new-concept-but) adds an extra seven square meters of space per apartment without actually making apartments any larger. 

@ profbruce @ quatum_entity

note: read more about the economics of loft beds/spaces here, https://profbruce.tumblr.com/post/151927323514/loft-space-mezzanine-bedroom-solutions.

postscript: thanks to city of Ottawa planner Alain Miguelez for sourcing these examples. 

postscript 2: here’re a few micro suites and walkout basements that’ll give you an idea of what can be done today in terms of renovating your home/adding income thereto/animating your property–

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Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.