John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Achieve an extra 160 square feet in your tiny-ass home for only $3,115.
Live in an apartment so cramped even squeezed dorm-dwellers would send you looks of pity? Relief might be found by building upward, as you can do with this pricey loft assembly from Expand Furniture.
The company, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is run by a team of “small space specialists” who excel in room-embiggening tricks like installing modular storage and painting surfaces with neutral colors. The “DIY Loft Kit,” intended for New York-style lofts, is an extreme measure for tiny-home dwellers. It includes a steep, varnished-wood stairway, a wrap-around railing, and a 160-square-foot mezzanine that attaches to the walls for stability.
Bam—just like that you have another floor on which to chill or seek refuge from annoying roommates and/or their cats. The stairway can be lifted to allow the “passage of bulky objects or even vehicles below,” so if you have enough food (and a creative way to relieve yourself), you could stay up there unmolested for days. The price for your new roaming grounds: a mere $3,115.