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Great Spaces: five tiny homes that prove tight spaces can be completely comfortable

Toronto homes are getting smaller by the second—250-square-foot units are coming soon to a condo near you. Here, a look at how a few of the city’s early adopters have embraced the life Lilliputian

By Frances McInnis and Marit Mitchell | Photography by Derek Shapton |
Styling by Annie McDonald

Great Spaces: a 579-square-foot one-bedroom condo in the ­Distillery District

1| A 579-square-foot one-bedroom condo in the
­ Distillery District

Great Spaces: a 566-square-foot infill house near Gerrard and Coxwell

2| A 566-square-foot infill house near Gerrard and Coxwell

Great Spaces: a 655-square-foot condo in the Annex

4| A 655-square-foot condo in the Annex

Great Spaces: a 580-square-foot loft in a four-storey building on King Street East

5| A 580-square-foot loft in a four-storey building on King Street East

  • cathie

    655, 580 and 577 sq. feet are “tiny”?. That should be more than enough space for one or two people. This whole issue is based on the fact that we are far too materialistic, and insist on buying every gadget, do-dad or whatever else is currently trendy. Downsizing your possessions and simplifying your life and living in even 250 sq. feet should be easy (and cheap).

  • Sid

    These are tiny spaces. You’ve been brainwashed by greedy condo developers into thinking these are “good” sized spaces that are worth their cost.

  • Vlad

    I read the whole article and didn’t come across any proof as to how these tight spaces are therapeutic.

  • bob loblaw

    Neat places and spaces. People are very creative

  • Bridget

    Amazing what these creative and hardworking homeowners have done! Living in a small space is not “easy” – especially when you are trying to negotiate someone else’s energy. Sounds like some of the commenters here live rather lonely lives!

  • Chelsea

    A beautiful space! The North American obsession with bigger is better has always confused me. Driving past the too-large homes in the suburbs with the too-large SUV’s in the drive ways is a good reminder of why I love the city. The population demands we maximize smaller spaces and not see space as an extension of self. It takes a certain capacity to do this well.

  • Kevin

    I agree the minimal is best. Having only what you need, instead of space you never use is more efficient use of limited resources. More North Americans should monitor and moderate their consumption.

  • Debra

    I went thru some emotional condo cleansing trauma LOL but now I LOVE my small space!!! I have to say it was VERY therapeutic for me! ;)

  • Erica

    Wow – the irony is that all the square footage listed above are roomy for 1 bedrooms/studios. When I purchased my first condo 6 years ago – the 635 sq ft I got seemed miraculous, as it did to new buyers when I sold it 6 mos ago.

  • Lilia

    I wouldnt mind living in a 550sq condon as long as wouldnt be pushed to pay $500,000 for it. Are you kidding me?

  • moi

    I dont know. is your home a museum or a HOME?
    Most look so cold or set-up to be just that; in a magazine. zzzzzzzzzzzz

  • km

    Ant farms for humans.

  • Anna

    I found all the spaces very cluttered other than the one with the minimalist design. Didn’t think any of these were therapeutic either. But design & space is so subjective. If it works for them, great. All I know is I couldn’t live in space that small. Small for me is 830 sq ft. Mind you, I’m mildly claustrophobic.

  • Miranda Stecyk Indrigo

    My husband and I lived in a 450 square foot house (with an unfinished basement for storage) and it was great. Quick to clean, and forced us to be judicious about what we purchased. If there was no spot for a purchase, it didn’t come home with us. Space became a little too small with our daughter but for a couple or single person, it’s a great way to live.

  • disqus_qjXUrsIywj

    Great article really useful ideas!