Ultra-Small Homes in Japan are No Joke

The Japanese are known for creating tiny efficient electronics and now they’ve refined the small home with the ultra-small home.
Forget the fact that Fuyuhito Moriya is 39 and still lives with his mother. He’s taken small space living to the next level by sharing a home with his mom the size of a parking space, approximately 30 square meters.
The home cost $500,000 to build which is a bargain in Japan but at what cost to his lifestyle?

According to CNN:
Architect Junichi Sugiyama of Side Architects says ultra-small homes now make up 70 percent of his company’s business. And not because it’s trendy, he says.
“There are not that many people who have a big budget,” says Sugiyama.
“So if you want to have your own house but can’t afford it on an average salary, you have to have a small place because land value is really high in Tokyo.”
The result, he says, is fewer people building normal sized homes on typical lots. For architects, it’s a creative challenge to cope with the new normal in home design.
[via CNN]

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.