Recent Studio Apartment Articles

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Basement Remodel? Don't Forget the Egress Window!

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 17, 2014

There are so many good reasons to remodel your basement -- more usable room, additional privacy, increased resale value, and energy efficiency, to name just a few. The best part is...

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Downsize without Leaving Your Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 05, 2014

Home downsizing means different things to different people. It may involve selling your current house and buying a smaller property, or simplifying life in your present residence. The...

Roommates at their shared dinner table. Photo: Thomas_EyeDesign/

Tips for Finding the Right Roommate

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 14, 2013

Roommates are hard to find. Let me rephrase that. Good roommates are hard to find. It is very easy to find people who are renting out rooms in apartments. It is tempting to just take...

Framed art, hip linens and good lighting make this dorm room attractive. (Photo: Jeff.Dlouhy/Flickr creative commons)

An Interior Designer's Tips for Dorm Room Decorating

Posted by Linda Merrill | Sep 14, 2012

In 1900, a pair of freshly minted prep school graduates Frank Roosevelt and Lathrop Brown moved into a suite of rooms in the famous Adams House at Harvard. The future President of the...

Muffy, if you are going to hang curtains in your apartment, you'll need to ask mummy and daddy for a power drill. (Photo: Julia Freeman-Woolpert/

Home Improvement Items Every College Student Should Own

Posted by Kevin Stevens | Aug 14, 2012

I just returned home from a 3000 mile road trip. Part of the preparation for this trip included clearing many tools out of the back of my truck to allow us to use the space for camping...

The loft in Kevin's cabin in New Mexico.

The Fundamentals of Lofting a Bed

Posted by Kevin Stevens | Mar 07, 2012

When I was designing our 200 sq foot cabin, one of the design elements was a sleeping loft. This concept is pretty common in the fundamental plans of many “tiny house” designs....

Designer Picks: Discrete Desks for Small Spaces

Posted by Linda Merrill | Jan 24, 2012

More and more of us are working from home whether we’re self-employed or bring work home from the office. If you’re looking to set up a home office that is more efficient...

Jay Shafer in front of one of his designs. Photo by Janine Borgenson. Used with permission from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

Interview: Jay Shafer

Posted by Adam Verwymeren | Jan 02, 2012

Jay Shafer has been building and inhabiting tiny houses since 1997. His first tiny house was a mere 89 square feet, but once he realized that he could still live pretty comfortably...