The Many Ways to Live in a Studio

by Mark Wellborn

Most buyers and renters in the market for a new home are not actively seeking out studios as they set out on their search. However, these one-room living options are sometimes the financially sensible option, particularly in cities like DC where both rents and home prices are high.

San Francisco Studio

In a recent post on their DC site, Apartment Therapy highlighted a number of studio owners/renters around the country that have made very good use of their 300 to 400 interior square footage. The post includes homes from San Francisco, Chicago and New York and interviews each renter/owner about the challenges they faced decorating such a small space and the piece of advice that each would give for someone looking to do the same thing.

The Floorplan of a 375 Square-Foot Studio in Astoria, Queens

Also, the floorplans are provided for each unit featured which provide a good bird’s eye view of how the layout contributed to the way each was decorated.

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  1. studio dweller said at 1:43 pm on Monday September 27, 2010:

    I live in a 356sq ft studio. It has a Murphy bed that hides behind book case/shelves. Ceiling of 11 feet creates additional storage space. I keep the space open with minimal furniture.

    There are obvious upsides/downsides to a space of this size. But a solid plus is energy cost. My place is all electric, air/heat, and during winter/summer my total energy bill is rarely above $100 per month.

  1. jag said at 2:36 pm on Monday September 27, 2010:

    Holy crap, $100 a month for 350sqft??! I used to live in a 3br 1800sqft condo with only electric window cooling/heating units and we still kept it under $100 most of the year - and that was with a 55inch tv and xbox360 on all too often. Someone needs to turn off their A/C and heat more often!

  1. studio dweller said at 6:20 pm on Monday September 27, 2010:

    @jag—I also work from home. But i find the idea that PEPCO charged less than $100 for 1,800 square-feet almost impossible to believe.

  1. Geori said at 10:54 am on Tuesday September 28, 2010:

    I agree.  I think a studio’s power bill should run $30 a month.  My wife and I never go above $100 a month in our 1100 sqft apt.  The A/C doesn’t have to run all the time… we keep it around 74 degrees.

  1. 300_sq_ft said at 8:13 pm on Tuesday September 28, 2010:

    I bought a 306 sq. ft. studio at 14th and Mass NW 3 years ago.  It took a little while to get used to the space, but now I love it.  With some good decorating and sound advice, the place feels like home and has plenty of storage space.  I share it with my 70 lb pit bull, and we have more than enough.

  1. Janson said at 4:09 pm on Wednesday September 29, 2010:

    #studio dweller My 780 sqft studio with electric hvac and stove, and washer/dryer comes in at about $45/month, and I hate fluorescents. You might want an electrician to look for power going to something other than you, like common areas in your building.

    I’ve probably lived in 10 different studios. I love living that way and living closer to town or having more money for other things. It’s also easy to apartment swap with travelers abroad.

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