Good news is: we are buying a flat!
The bad news is that it is rather small apartment- a mere 65 square meters or 700 square feet.
It’s moving week this week. As I tackle our ever-growing piles of possessions, I am panicking. We have acquired so much in the last 2.5 years, that it’s rather unbelievable that we moved in just CampyVan.
In an apartment we will have no bulge space really, apart from a small storage unit that belongs to the apartment (2 floors up from our flat…just to give us some exercise!)
Our apartment was built in the sixties, aimed at a young couple or perhaps an older couple. It had a spacious bedroom, kitchen, a lovely dining room with an attached, small balcony and a nice living room with dual aspect. We will be moving in with the 5 of us, plus a dog.
We’ve had 2 close friends tour the flat with us independently and both remarked how incredibly small the flat was.
Our friend, Hugo’s Godfather, didn’t mince his words:
“I like the flat, but I’m really surprised you bought it; it’s so small!”
Why are we moving to a small apartment?
- It’s location- proximity to school and amenities are excellent
- It’s price- this apartment was within our budget (with a sizeable mortgage) in this over-heated market (I’ve lamented on the craziness of the buying process in Sweden.)
- It’s ease of access- it’s ground floor, so I won’t be worried about disturbing the neighbours below us as the kids are having a crazy Xbox session jumping around. Additionally, we feel more like living in a house with views out of our windows to the gardens.
- It’s size- I know…I’m just complaining how scared I am of the move to such a small space, yet I’m convinced if we can hack the summers in CampyVan and our boat Mariposa, then we should be able to reduce our footprint in our day-to-day lives too. Time will tell and I shall try to chronicle the journey. (Do subscribe, if you’d like to follow the process: here)
The flat has 3 rooms and a half room that’s open to the corridor, where the little balcony opens from. The kitchen is a decent size, the bathroom, on the other hand, is tiny. This is it:
We’ve been considering how to maximise the space we have by reassigning spaces and possibly moving walls. The fixed walls of the apartment are the corridor wall and the wall between the room off the balcony and the bedroom 2.
The two bedrooms- bedroom 2 and 3- at the end of the corridor, were recently created by dividing, what used to be, the living room. These are staying as bedrooms. Whose bedrooms they’ll be is still up for discussion: the boys will be sharing, Angelina, as a tween turning teen needs her own space and us parents like a bit of privacy once in a while too. 😉
Are we crazy to be down-sizing to such a small apartment much as a family of 5?
How would you use and remodel the space?