Less Just Might Equal More

While most Unit Owners and residents seem to agree, Liberty Commons’ townhouses (Unit Type 4) have a lot of storage with 10-11 closets, some being walk-in closets; our garden-style Units (Unit Type 1, Unit Type 2, and Unit Type 3) have less constructed storage available. There are creative and ingenious ways to address any storage constraints, that just require a little thought. Some Unit Owners have used furniture-based storage.

As some of you know, I have an educational and practical background in architectural design. I have designed single family houses, renovation projects, and even a small commercial building. The developer who created Liberty Commons, got a tour of my 1,225± square foot two bedroom townhouse, and said “I build million dollar houses and have never seen anything quite like this. Your attention to detail and the thought you put into everything… I want my design team to see this.” Design is a passion of mine and I like solving challenges and turning them into opportunities.

A little more than a year and a half ago, I happened across a TEDtalk that Graham Hill presented entitled “Graham Hill: Less Stuff, More Happiness.” What Graham Hill said in his presentation really resonated with me. I began doing as much research on Graham Hill’s LifeEdited 1 Apartment as I could to find articles, photographs, and videos. I even tracked down Graham Hill’s email address and sent him a message asking if he would be open to giving me a private tour of his truly unique apartment in SoHo, New York. I figured he would either say yes, no, or simply not respond. About two weeks passed and no answer. After that, however, I received a reply saying he was out of the country, and would be happy to give a personal tour. I went to New York and had a personal tour of the incredible, ingenious, and well-thought out live/ work space. It is much more than just 420 square feet. It has more useable space and functions than a space double or triple it’s size. It felt big and spacious. The LifeEdited 1 Apartment is a laboratory of possibilities and a prototype of current and future large city living, how to live big in a small space.

In all the research I did and continue to do, on Graham Hill’s projects and micro-living in general, I have found some interesting ideas, projects, and products. I have been in continuous communications with the LifeEdited team, have submitted blog ideas and design concepts for their next project, LifeEdited 2 Apartment (350 square feet) in the same building as LifeEdited 1 Apartment. They have liked my ideas so much, that they have said they will probably incorporate them into the design of the LifeEdited 2 Apartment. The editor of LifeEdited has been so impressed with me that they asked me to be a contributing author to their blog and website.

Graham Hill’s advice:

  1. Edit Ruthlessly
  2. Think Small
  3. Make Multifunctional
  4. Consider the benefits of an edited life

We’ve got to cut the extraneous out of our lives, and we’ve got to learn to stem the inflow. We need to think before we buy. Ask ourselves, “Is that really going to make me happier? Truly?” — Graham Hill

Some of the design ideas and product selections used in the LifeEdited 1 Apartment and on their website, could be incorporated into Liberty Commons’ Unit Type 1, Unit Type 2, and Unit Type 3 to address Unit Owner’s concerns of maximizing the storage and usefulness of the space in these Units. The possibilities are only limited by imagination and budget. Could one live in a smaller, but better designed space, that meets the occupants actual needs, while saving money on a mortgage, utilities, furnishing, and other expenses?

Maybe, just maybe, sharing this information will inspire some of you to evaluate your true needs in your living space and life.

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