About

I’m Wattie and I am a space saving expert living in Hong Kong. I majored in Architecture from the University of Michigan and I am now currently a High School teacher. I currently live in a 510 sq-ft apartment (48 sq-m) with my wife, two daughters and a chow chow. Having grown up in the USA, it took me a while to get used to living small in Hong Kong. But lo and behold, I’m not only used to it but it has become a passion and mission — to help those who live small, live comfortably.

Available for consultations, collaborations, & public speaking:

spacedoutideas@gmail.com

 

SPACED OUT

Space is only appreciated by those that don’t have space to spare.

Spaced Out was born in the summer of 2013 because my wife and I, once again had to move. But here was the problem; rent prices continued to increase but the size of our apartment was not relative; our furniture fit our old place but not the new; our pockets suffered with every new piece of furniture we had to buy.

“Move away from the city if you want a bit more space!” But our response time and time again is, “No we love our neighborhood!”

Then it hit me; everyone here in Hong Kong knows that space is not going to get any bigger. So instead of hoping for the size of our apartment to change, why can’t walls, furniture, appliances, utensils and accessories around us transform, fold, tuck away and nest so our home can feel bigger? I also asked myself, “What do we have to change about ourselves in order to happily live in a smaller footprint?”

This idea was not ours alone and many other apartment dwellers around the world were sharing and creating innovative ways to utilize small living spaces. So I began to research the ingenious creations and lifestyle ideas that were being made available. However, even though Hong Kong is known for its small apartments, why did I find it so difficult to get constructive ideas and honest advice on how to actually live in apartments here?

So I started this blog. I hope to share with you all the innovate ideas out there and our own experiences to help you live small comfortably.

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