What Does It Take to Live in 300 Square Feet?

For ninety days, Ben Brown lived out of a 308-square-foot cottage designed by Marianne Cusato. He discovered that you really needed to be connected to your community when living in tight quarters.

Brown learned from his experience that these homes work better when sited together:

"They need a critical mass to achieve their promise as a viable alternative to neighborhoods of 3,000-square-foot-plus homes. Dropped randomly into acre-lot subdivisions and diminished by surrounding McMansions, they look eccentric and experimental. They need small-lot site-planning and the company of friends."

Thanks to Hazel Borys

Full Story: Livin’ Large in Small Spaces: It Takes a Town

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Michael Lewyn's picture
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You want small, I'll show you small...

In Toronto last year (2009-10 academic year) I lived in a 140 square foot apartment!

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