If you’re reading about our San Francisco apartment, here’s the score. They always say you have to start with good bones, and somehow my husband managed to find this place in 1997 (advertised in the newspaper, of all places). My previous apartments were smaller, less airy, a LOT more infested, and I know in that, we’re lucky. But I think the customizations we’ve made can be used in any small space.
- Square Footage: 680
- Rooms: Kitchen; living room; bedroom nee sunroom; hallway/alcove; bathroom; one bedroom
- Closets: 3
- Location: Downtown San Francisco, fifth floor; in the back of the building
- Light: Excellent. We have huge windows–six feet tall by five feet wide, with an unblocked southern exposure. Being on the downhill side of a San Francisco hill has serious benefits, and we’re lucky, I know.
- Kitchen: Tiny galley. Not NYC-apartment, fridge-under-the-counter tiny, but smaller than most.
- Bathroom: Nice-sized. And with a window!
Note:This layout is totally not even close to being to scale. While RocketMan has an excellent sense of space, I couldn’t tell you if something’s ten feet or fifteen feet away; it’s not my thing. But this is a general idea of the layout. Also, probably, a generous idea.
THE BIG MOVE
In February 2012, we moved to Pittsburgh, PA, and are living in a house with bedrooms and a porch and an attic and backyard and everything. So far it’s been pretty swell.