A Micro-Apartment in Paris for $80,000 by Shemaah

This fresh modern apartment in the heart of Paris was once an old, run-down space ill-suited to the needs of its inhabitants. Luckily, the owners contacted the nearby architecture firm, Shemaah, who overseen the transformation from a dull and lifeless space, to comfortable, bright and functional home.


Micro Apartment - Paris - Shemaah - Living Area - Humble Homes

Thanks to an extension, the modernised apartment has a total usable floor space of 35 square meters (377 square feet). Set in the heart of Paris, the micro apartment has great access and transportation links to the city (possibly what attracted the owners to it in the first place).


Micro Apartment - Paris - Shemaah - Alternating Tread Staircase - Humble Homes

The extension came in the form of a lofted sleeping area. It provides some much needed extra living space and allows the owners to have a separate private space for their bedroom, making entertaining guests much less of a hassle.


Micro Apartment - Paris - Shemaah - Staircase and Book Shelf - Humble Homes

The first floor of the apartment contains a single open plan space (bar the bathroom of course), which contains the living room, dining room and kitchen. The bathroom, which is relatively spacious, is tucked away beside the entrance and contains a toilet, sink and shower.

Micro Apartment - Paris - Shemaah - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The real “star feature” of this project is the staircase. It’s contains an alternating, space saving tread with built-in storage closets. Although some people probably won’t like that there’s no hand rail, it does help keep the living space and open as possible.

Micro Apartment - Paris - Shemaah - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

There’s also a neat “floating” bookshelf that compliments the stairs and runs up the height of the building to the loft. The total cost of the project came to €60,000, that’s about $80,250 at today’s rate, although it’s unclear if this is for the cost of the apartment and the renovation (you would like to think so).

For more apartments check out this beautifully designed apartment in Melbourne by Clare Cousins. Or this tiny Paris apartment that’s been converted into a functional home. See all apartments.

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Photos: Shemaah

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 Comment
  1. It’s unfortunately impossible to find a 35 m² flat in the heart Paris below 250 000 $ at best. The above mentionned cost of 80 000 $ represents therefore most probably the cost of the renovation.