It’s no secret that affordability and real estate are hot topics in Vancouver. With the average one-bedroom apartment costing $1,900 a month to rent, finding homes for those who want to stay and work in the downtown core is increasingly difficult.
Just recently The Vancouver Sun reported on how how micro-suites, which range in 250 to 300 square feet, are in high demand for residents eager to get into the market and own their home for less than $150,000. However, there’s concern from the city that permitting developments with such small living quarters will lead to a “tenement era”. That is where overcrowded families are crammed into primitive living conditions.
Meanwhile, others believe that tiny apartments will actually alleviate the affordability crisis. The functional design can make these spaces easily livable. From murphy beds to stow-away tables, developers say they can offer all of the comforts of home. Even with the most limited square footage.
Though new to Vancouver, micro-suites have been adopted by densely populated cities around the world. From Hong Kong to New York to Poland, apartments range from as little as 86 square feet all the way to 300, with single occupants to young families inhabiting the space.
Make the Most out of Space
Like in all tiny apartments, efficient storage keeps the room from feeling too constricting. So if you’re thinking of downsizing, here are a few innovative ideas to adapt to micro-living.
Never let a nook or cranny go to waste. Choose raised couches and chairs so you have extra room for storage. CupOfJo
Double duty! Look for furniture that offers more than one function. Apartment Therapy
Use curtains to divide a space and create privacy, or hide away clothes and pantry items. Stonehand
Hang a mirror to manipulate natural light and bounce it across the space, making the apartment feel airier and bigger. realsimple
When it comes to micro-living, there will always be items that there are simply no room for. From your bike to your snowboard, our Butlers at Alluster Storage can safely store your items and re-deliver them within 24 hours.