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Friday, March 21, 2008

Need More Square Footage? Try the Strap on Back Pack Room to Increase the Size of your Apartment



Have you ever wanted to increase the size of your Roosevelt Island apartment? Are you jealous of your single family homeowner friends and relatives who can expand their living space square footage by building on an extra room? No matter what the size of your New York City apartment, we all need more space. Sometimes if you are very lucky and can afford to, this problem can be solved by combining units adjacent to, above or below your apartment. But most of us don't have the opportunity to combine apartments. Don't worry. Wired may have the solution:
Looking for a new way to piss off your landlord or co-op board? How about adding a new room to your unit without a contractor or any silly permits?
That's the opportunity afforded by the "backpack house," a folding, pref-fab cube meant to attach to the side of any dwelling, adding about 80 square feet of living space. It weighs about 2 tons, so anyone above the ground floor is likely to need a crane to get it into position.
Fresh Home via Convertible City has more:
Located between art and architecture, the backpack house is a walk-in sculpture with their own spatial quality: a floating, lighted room, as a temporary scaffolding and a “minimal sculpture” also appears. Universally used as a mini-backpack, this house adds extra space at the front of each residential building attached.

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