"Tiny Homes Hit the Big City"

CNN | September 21, 2012

Hari and Karl Berzins decided to build a tiny home for their family in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to free themselves of the financial burden of owning a large home.

They knew that moving two children, a dog and a cat into a 168-square foot space would be a challenge, though it would also eliminate the need for a mortgage and cut their utility costs.

But they didn’t expect it to completely change their lives, Hari Berzins said.


"LEED Platinum SoMa Studios On the Cutting Edge of Urban Prefab"

Modular Building Institute | September 20, 2012

The SoMa Studios, a 23-unit apartment building in San Francisco’s trendy South of Market district, is believed to be the first modular-built urban infill apartment complex in the nation. The stylish four-story LEED Platinum building was deposited, module by module, on a 3,700-square-foot lot between a parking garage and an apartment complex, after being trucked over the Bay Bridge from a Sacramento factory.

Watch how “Prefab in SoMa Stacks Up in 4 days!” here.



"New York Micro-Studios: Living Well in 275 Square Feet"

Los Angeles Times | September 18, 2012

Scott Elyanow makes his tiny space work with ‘purges’ and clever storage. A New York pilot program signals growing interest in shrinking housing.

Scott Elyanow had clung to the red, long-sleeved sweatshirt with the words “Marblehead High School” for 20 years. It had softened with age, like the memory of the long-ago love who had given it to him.

But Elyanow was nearing 40, and what he had gained in years and wisdom he hadn’t gained in living space — his apartment measures 275 square feet, including the bathroom, kitchen and an entryway with overhead clearance of 5 feet, 7 inches. So he took a picture of the sweatshirt for a keepsake, then tossed the worn piece of clothing into a “purge” pile, a system Elyanow has adopted during his seven years living in a so-called micro-studio apartment in New York City.


"Cities Court Creatives with Micro-Units"

Architectural Record | September 13, 2012

As wealth disparities in the United States have reached Dickensian proportions, housing disparities have followed. Condo developers are creating increasingly lavish apartments for the super-rich, while those with modest budgets find themselves priced out of city centers.

That’s an issue not only for housing advocates, who lament the human toll of housing stratification, but also for mayors who believe their cities’ futures depend on attracting “young creatives.” One solution is to encourage the building of micro-units, apartments of about 300 square feet or less.


"San Francisco’s Urban Tech Boom"

San Francisco Chronicle | September 8, 2012

Pinterest’s recent move from Palo Alto to San Francisco has sparked chatter in the high-tech world: Is the Bay Area’s innovative center of gravity shifting away from suburban Silicon Valley to urban San Francisco?

The answer is a qualified yes. The tech migration is not just a phenomenon of San Francisco – it’s happening in New York’s downtown Silicon Alley and East London’s once rundown and raw Silicon Roundabout. This emerging model of “urban tech” just seems to fit downtown San Francisco especially well.


"SoMa Studios Go Tiny and Prefab"

Curbed SF | September 7, 2012

Patrick Kennedy of small apartment fameis back at it, with a new 23-unit prefab apartment project. The new Soma Studios at 38 Harriet street is designed by Trachtenberg Architects with Taeko Takagi, with construction only taking a mind-bending 90 days. ZETA and Panoramic Interests are building the four-story, car-free project to reach LEED Platinum, with green features like solar hot water heating and a dedicated City-CarShare pod. The tiny units will all be rentals, and will feature energy efficient fixtures and appliances and built-in furniture.


"Stacking San Francisco’s Newest Housing Project"

San Francisco Business Times | August 23, 2012

Patrick Kennedy”s prefab micro-apartments units are stacking up beautifully at 38 Harriet St. in San Francisco.

Workers from Pankow Construction are on the third floor of the four-story, 24-apartment building, the units of which were fabricated at Zeta Communities’ factory in Sacramento. Stacking of the units started Tuesday.


"San Francisco’s “Broom Closet” Apartments"

untapped SF. | August 3, 2012

It’s a small world we live in. Urban dwellers in San Francisco may soon find that adage a reality as one Bay Area-based developer wants to take minimalistic living to a whole new level.

Patrick Kennedy, a veteran Bay Area developer, wants to help alleviate the city’s housing challenge, by building what he calls “smart spaces” – energy- and design-efficient micro-apartments in San Francisco, complete with a bathroom, built-in kitchenette and enough space for a couch that folds out into a bed.


"San Francisco Considers Plan To Develop Tiny Micro-Apartments"

The 9 Billion | July 31, 2012

First it was New York City with its micro-apartments, and now San Francisco is jumping on board with the idea of smaller apartment sizes. This consideration comes as a response to increased rental prices, a need for more single living spaces, and a serious housing shortage.

The current minimum apartment size is 290 square feet, and the proposal in negotiation will lower that to 150 square feet plus a kitchen, bathroom, and closet – making it 220 square feet in total.


"Patrick Kennedy Aims for Big Splash with Small Units"

San Francisco Business Times | July 27, 2012

Small is coming to SoMa — apartments, that is. East Bay student housing developer Patrick Kennedy is close to installing his first San Francisco project, which will feature units measuring a compact 300  square feet. The project’s 23 units are currently moving along the assembly line at Zeta Communities’ factory in Sacramento and will be ready for occupancy in October.

“This kind of living is appealing to people who like living in cities and all the stimuli and attractions that are available,” said Kennedy, who heads the development firm Panoramic Investments. “Our residents will make a trade-off of proximity and convenience for space.”