Young children have the ability to make even a mega mansion feel cramped. Blame it on their never-ending supply of energy or abundance of toys, but it’s true. That’s why when we heard about Adrian Crook’s Vancouver home we were seriously impressed. The 41-year-old lives in a 1,050-square-foot condominium with not one, but five (!) kids ages 10 and under.
The video game design consultant has a blog called 5 Kids 1 Condo, where he shares how he makes a two-bedroom unit, converted into a three-bedroom home, work for his family (the kids live with him for two weeks every month).
For starters, he lives a less-is-more lifestyle: “It’s freeing not owning a lot of stuff, because you can devote mental capacity to other things,” Crook told Realtor.com. But beyond cutting back on clutter, Crook also had to get seriously crafty with his furniture.
He build a custom-made bunkbed for his three boys, featuring three full beds stacked on top of each other.
Meanwhile, his two daughters share a room and a bunk bed that turns into a table with bench seating on the bottom bunk when needed.
As for Crook’s bedroom, he takes advantage of a murphy bed and a murphy desk, which allows him to use his private space as an office when he needs to blog or work from home.
The living room is a catch-all that serves as a playroom, dining room and more.
His only qualm with the apartment? He wishes the entryway were a bit bigger for those times when all six of them are putting on their coats and shoes at the same time. But he says he chooses to adapt to what they have, instead of wish for something they don’t have.
Take a tour of the entire apartment for yourself:
We have to admit, Crook makes it look super easy. And on top of that, he claims this lifestyle also has a positive effect on his children’s ability to compromise. “There’s a degree of empathy you have to develop for what other people need,” Crook says. “They don’t get along all of the time, but with this proximity they have to work their stuff out more quickly than if they could run away and hide on another floor.” Genius.