Starting Impossibly Small

This toolkit is a collection of illustrated single-crew workplaces for retail, food service, and workshops. It will illustrate each type, and also include a pro forma for what it takes to do the smallest possible place of business that can be run by a single crew. “Starting Impossibly Small” is a place-saver title… suggestions for a better one?

Author: SteveMouzon

Steve Mouzon is an architect, urbanist, author, blogger, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad on sustainability issues. He blogs on the Original Green Blog and He also posts to the Original Green Twitter stream (@stevemouzon.)

4 thoughts on “Starting Impossibly Small”

    1. Exactly. And while the idea is to help people start in business for themselves, it doesn’t always have to do that. Our client in Belize is a woman from DC; the first building she built there was a tiny live/work (14′ x 24′ footprint, plus reclaimed back porch). The downstairs is a coffee shop in the morning and a rum bar at night. She doesn’t work there herself; someone else does that, but it’s still a single-crew workplace… so it can work both ways.


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