• Nov 20, 2010
A house built in the area of a parking space – Click above to watch video after the jump

As Americans, our concept of a normal-sized home has grown by leaps and bounds over the decades. In her book Living Large, author Sarah Wexler says that the average home size in the U.S. grew from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,349 square feet in 2004, and it doesn't look to be shrinking any time soon. It's not like that everywhere. Just look at what ingenious architects in Japan are up to. With both space and funds at a minimum, builders and property owners alike are looking to get the most out of every square foot, even going so far as to build a two-person home on the same footprint as an average-sized parking space.

To make it happen, designers have employed a number of space-saving tricks, including a triangular spiral staircase that decreases the minimum radius needed for going up and appliances that are stashed under counters and in unique cubbies. Doesn't sound like a bad way to go, if you ask us. Hit the jump to see a video of the house for yourself.

[Source: CNN]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Old designs coming to the present. Not that new actually.

      Especially the stairs; old metal staircases made many hundred years ago, were even more triangular and actually consumed even less space. I've been on it, so I know. That was on an old English church...

      Additionally,....how is this 'auto', autoblog??
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that's in Yen right?
      So about $5988?
      • 4 Years Ago
      ... Neat video but I failed to see how this post related to cars other than a parking lot was used. It should probably post it over at engadget or whatever relevant other blogs you guys own. >_>
      • 4 Years Ago
      In Japan it is common for 3 generations to share a 300 sq ft apartment. A friend of mine lived in Japan for 4 months while working on a project. His apartment was 96 sq ft complete with kitchen and bathroom. He got special treatment as an American. His Japanese counterparts lived in a military style barrack with bunk beds and personal storage limited to a locker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take this video over articles about new trim levels on Chrysler vehicles noone even cares about every day of the week.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Japan is amazing.
      Pug_Power
      • 4 Years Ago
      It may be small, but it's extremely efficient, especially considering the high cost of land/housing in Japan. I'm impressed to say the least.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pug_Power
        It seems like in Tokyo and other big cities if you can afford a house of any kind you can also afford a nice car to go with it, theres doesnt seem to be much "in between", youre either broke in an apartment or rich in a house.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pug_Power
        He doesn't just have a nice compact house, but he also has a MB 190 !!! that is a nice car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would rather just rent something slightly bigger. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      So how much does the average home in Japan cost? Narrator said that the man didn't have enough money to build a full sized home...$500,000 isn't enough??
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be a much cooler house if he didn't have to sleep with his mom...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind having one of those ultra compact homes in the middle of Manhattan http://www.bidcactusreview.org/
      • 4 Years Ago
      not just a 190e, but a cosworth as well! good man. I myself have just restored my 2.5-16 cosworth, next step is a supercharger!!!
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