For most people, living in Manhattan entails having to accept some limits on your living space and often these are big limits. That is precisely the situation Jourdan Lawlor and her boyfriend Tobin Ludwig found themselves in when they moved into a 242-square-foot West Village apartment. But they left no square inch unused and have achieved something really impressive.
To begin with, Jourdan and Tobin have become used to moving the couch out of the way before they go to bed every night. The couple have a fold out “Murphy bed”, placed right next to their front door. And when they go to bed, they have to move the couch first, so they can pull the bed down, which has a duvet and pillow on it already made up.
The little bathroom’s door is made from reclaimed wood on barn door sliders. The kitchen, which occupies most of the remaining space, features an oven, a “big” mini fridge, pots and pans hanging from the ceiling and a wooden table where the couple has placed a bowl of fruit. The cramped conditions mean that Jourdan and Tobin have to plan their meals very carefully. Tobin told ABC 7 News:
We really only shop for one or two meals at a time, no Costco trips in this house!
In whatever little space that’s left of the 242 square feet, the couple have a minuscule walk-in closet and a puny attic above the bath. “We’re renting that [attic] now on Craigslist for $275-a-week”, Tobin jokes. (Scroll down for the video reports.)
1. The tiny 242 square foot apartment is located in New York city.
2. When the couple decide to go to sleep, they have to move the couch before they can pull the bed down.
3. When Ludvig pulls the bed down it has a duvet on it already which helps to save time making it up.
The original wooden dining-room table’s space-saving design means that it only takes up three inches in the wall and has been made to look like a cupboard. It provides the couple with two benches and a table when it’s pulled down for use. Tobin says:
It just has so much character. Then you squeeze.
The bathroom and kitchen were redone as a part of a $33,000 renovation project in the apartment which the couple bought three years ago for $270,000. Great job all around!
4. The couple have to move a couch to put down their Murphy bed, seen here.
5. The kitchen appears to take up most of the space in the apartment and features an oven, big mini fridge, pots and pans hanging from the ceiling and a wooden table where they put a bowl of fruit.
6. The bathroom door is made from reclaimed wood on barn door sliders, pictured above.
7. Jourdan Lawlor stands in her small walk in closet, pictured in the back.
8. The original wooden dining table takes up three inches in the wall and has been made to look like a cupboard, seen here.
9. ‘It just has so much character,’ Ludwig said. ‘Then you squeeze,’ he adds, as he moves to the back of the table to sit down.
10. The couple plan to get married on New Year’s Eve after living in very close proximity to each other.
And here is the video report:
Source: ABC 7 News.
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