Squeezing into a (new) affordable apartment
Viewers of “tiny home” TV shows routinely marvel at the creative uses of space that allow residents of such homes to live comfortably. Versatile, multi-use furniture and fixtures are must-haves.
Now, compact living will be coming to Kakaako, with this week’s approval of the Nohona Hale tower squeezing into a 10,409-square-foot lot. The 14-story high-rise will contain 107 studios, each about 300 square feet small, plus a 40-square-foot lanai. The project is due in three years, is government-financed to the tune of $50 million and aims to be truly affordable. Units will be rented to those earning no more than 60 percent of Honolulu’s annual median income: that works out to $42,240 for an individual, or $48,240 for a couple — two skinny people, probably, given the space.