182 Square Foot Condo Is A Cosy Home In Seattle

Steve Sauer is an airplane interiors engineer for Boeing, and he’s applied his love of precision and meticulous design to his own home in Seattle. Sauer lives in a basement of a 102-year-old apartment block, and his own condo occupies 182-square-feet.


The condo was Sauers pet project, and took him seven years to complete. The interior is inspired by boats as he attempts to make use of every available inch of space. The home features a combination of custom furniture pieces and off-the-shelf items from stores like IKEA.

Steve Sauer Tiny Condo in Seattle


The design is split into 3 levels that includes space for 2 beds, a fold-down table that can be used for work or dining, a kitchen, bathroom and a soaking tub under the entrance hallway. There’s also a small tv nook under a raised platform for relaxing. The condo features a black band around its perimeter; it’s actually black board paint, turning his walls into a drawing/writing surface.

Steve Sauer Tiny Condo in Seattle


Unlike quite a lot of modern tiny and small houses, there is no particular design aesthetic that the condo adheres to. It’s a carefully arranged space created from Sauer’s “tinkering” and, as he says himself, it’s an experiment into small scale living.

Steve Sauer Tiny Condo in Seattle

The collection of bought, found, and made elements leads to an interior that is perfectly formed to Steve’s needs. It fits around him, and his lifestyle like a glove. What’s not to love about that kind of design?

For more tiny apartments check out Torsten Ottesjö’s 183 square foot interior redesign, or this modern hi-tech, transformable apartment called the Closet House. See all apartments.

Via Seattle Times & Apartment Therapy

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. This apartment,….is absolutely “brilliant”…if this guy “went out and traveled the world” just doing this for other people…he’d be happy, fulfilled and probably end up being rich with enough clients today.

    Thanks for the showing

  2. Watch…now the “city” will benefit by taking “YOUR” ideas and drawings and go out and do this again in a building on their own. This is the future…NYC is now mandating buildings like this…so,….”take a look everyone”….your kids will be living this way. “Like it or Not”.