Ultra-Small Home, Sweet Home
This is not where you want to live if you don’t like small spaces—Fuyuhito Moriya is a 39-year-old Japanese man who still lives with his mother in a house that, all told, is only 30 square meters. CNN ran a crazy story about the Moriya’s this week. Check this out.
They live in what’s called an ultra-small house, a genre of single family homes bred of Japan’s economic stagnation and brought to life by architectural ingenuity.
Moriya wasn’t sure that the land, which was originally sold as a parking space for a car, would be big enough for a single family home. But when he started doing research into ultra-small homes, he began to realize it might work.
“My imagination was that it should be doable to build the rooms virtually on top of each other instead of side by side,” says Moriya. “So I thought that it might be possible, but I wasn’t really sure if it’s actually possible.”
Standing in his home, which is about the size of an American walk-in closet, Moriya triumphantly says it’s not just possible, it’s livable.
South-facing, large windows create the illusion of space. Minimal furniture and clutter keep the small home tidy. Hideaway cabinets for kitchen appliances and half size sinks shrink expected space.
Wow, could you live in a home that small?