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Inside a Practical Starter Home That's Just 540 Square Feet

All photos by <a href="">Kyungsub Shin</a> via <a href="">ArchDaily</a>
All photos by Kyungsub Shin via ArchDaily

Five-hundred and forty square feet doesn't sound like a lot of space, but it's apparently enough to distinguish a comfortable starter house for a young couple from the more claustrophobic tiny house on wheels and truly-micro urban apartments. In this case, a soon-to-be-married South Korean couple decided to challenge the norm for those in their situation—putting a substantial amount to lease a unit in a residential or mixed-use tower—and decided to commission a compact, hyper-efficient new home in a hilltop shanty town.

Given a limited budget, local firm OBBA delivered a sampling of familiar small-space solutions: a joint living/dining/kitchen area, lofted attic "movie screening room," and stairs that double as storage shelves. The bonus here is a real sense of homeownership.

· 50m2 House / OBBAo [ArchDaily]
· These Affordable South Korean Homes Don't Skimp on Style [Curbed]
· 5 Impressive Tiny Houses You Can Order Right Now [Curbed]