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How to get a small house spacious – The CJ5 house

Next to a block of suburban homes is an inconspicuous-looking
garage door … “Welcome to my home. Come in.” Inside is a bright, seemingly never-ending
room without dividing walls and enclosed by exposed concrete. And no one can see in from the outside – an
important factor for Alexander Gebhardt. “At the moment I’m working an awful lot. So when I come home, I want to come home to
somewhere with a red wine feeling. You should be able to come in and feel relaxed. It’s somewhere for all the different pleasures
in life.” A few steps up, there’s the kitchen area. The work space looks like a DJ’s workplace. “That was the idea, and that’s the inspiration
for the project name. CJ5 rather than DJ — from “cooking J”. And since I really like cooking and cook very
elaborately when I have guests, I wanted to be able to keep communicating with my guests. So I got the idea of building it into the
landing.” Every single corner here is utilized. “We set out to create optimum functionality
in a minimal space. You pull that up, push it in and you have
more or less everything you need. A little higher up, there’s a bedroom with a
small ensuite bathroom. The bathtub has been sunk into the floor to
save space. The owner loves the view from up here. “I’ve got a few special things that you don’t
notice. The windows behind me are built in such a
way that when they’re open the sun shines directly on to my bed in the morning. I wake up bathed in sunlight.” From the bedroom, a corridor leads on to a
terrace. The roof of his low-energy house is equipped
with solar panels. There’s also plenty of space to relax outdoors. “I treated myself to an outdoor shower, too. It’s connected to warm water, so I can shower
there once temperatures rise to 14 degrees ((Celcius)). The architecture means that I can sunbathe
in the nude and then shower afterwards. It’s very handy.” The atrium can also be covered, if required. The house is very versatile and has over 150
square metres of living space — although it’s only five metres wide. The cellar doubles as a private cinema and
party venue — Alexander Gebhardt has thrown quite a few parties here — and has already
had to replace the white carpet. The CJ5 on the edge of Vienna. Outside, it keeps a low profile. But inside it’s both elegant and practical.



Mar 3, 2019, 11:08 am Reply

That's a pretty good idea, the net, as a cheap but good alternative to railing.

Orlando Cal

May 5, 2019, 9:00 am Reply

I am really bothered by the tub in the bedroom.

Vi Hoàng98

May 5, 2019, 4:52 am Reply

Jesus, the house's really brilliant


Jul 7, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

Very nice 👍🏾

Ianis Caratti

Oct 10, 2019, 9:43 pm Reply

love the roche bobois couch

Chuck Stark

Oct 10, 2019, 11:29 pm Reply

Jeep made a vehicle of the same name long ago.

Pi Me

Oct 10, 2019, 12:23 pm Reply

I want thatty

Huan Bui

Oct 10, 2019, 1:08 pm Reply

You know that you are poor when you see people calling a 5×35 house a small house. T_T

Seph Callaway

Oct 10, 2019, 8:33 am Reply

The floor bathtub is spectacular! 🙂

James Humphrey

Oct 10, 2019, 3:29 am Reply

very kool

epSos Premium

Oct 10, 2019, 12:52 am Reply

100 sqm with one bedroom only ?
Looks like a nice playground, but not a family home with privacy for the teenagers.

Miah Stalings

Oct 10, 2019, 5:34 am Reply


Scientific Humanist

Oct 10, 2019, 1:47 am Reply

A tiny house right next to a large vacant lot! But pretty cool! 👍🏼😁

Pauli Roa

Oct 10, 2019, 5:28 pm Reply

I am alarmed by the boiling water tap. What if i turn the wrong valve by mistake huhu

AREA 47.8

Oct 10, 2019, 11:53 am Reply


Arya Asylum

Oct 10, 2019, 1:13 pm Reply

That is not a small house. 😑

Lajos György Mészáros

Oct 10, 2019, 4:42 pm Reply

From outside that house doesn't fit into the neighborhood at all. It looks like something is under construction and have been covered temporarily with plasterboard.


Oct 10, 2019, 5:32 pm Reply

I like the net beside the steps which will be secure for you, instead of nothing.


Oct 10, 2019, 5:34 pm Reply

Looks like a luxury prison.

Sia Mozaffari

Oct 10, 2019, 2:19 am Reply

How to get a small house spacious? 20 foot ceiling


Oct 10, 2019, 8:01 am Reply

What the actual dimension of the lot?


Oct 10, 2019, 8:52 am Reply

5×35 is not small at all, I live in a smaller house, and it's just a regular house.

Asifa Syed

Oct 10, 2019, 9:18 am Reply

This house is called BIG house in India.

M Wajid Jatt

Oct 10, 2019, 2:49 pm Reply



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Oct 10, 2019, 5:06 pm Reply

This is a fantasy, dream home!!!
I love it!


Oct 10, 2019, 5:12 pm Reply

it feels very enclosed. It doesn't matter the skylights, all those walls are still oppressive.

abhishek sejwal

Oct 10, 2019, 6:14 pm Reply

you lost me at the bathtub

Nova Verse

Oct 10, 2019, 8:58 pm Reply

What a weird place for a bathtub..

Muhamad Aditya Zulfikar

Oct 10, 2019, 10:29 pm Reply

"small house"


Oct 10, 2019, 11:45 pm Reply

Everything but that tub was cool


Oct 10, 2019, 1:21 am Reply

Not a small house and not an efficient use of space. He waste so much space then he "save space" by putting the bath tub in the bed room…


Oct 10, 2019, 2:24 am Reply

Well that's a very fun idea for a kitchen

tomi sugiarto

Oct 10, 2019, 2:33 am Reply

Absolutely not for vampire

Brice Carpentier

Oct 10, 2019, 6:33 am Reply

Lol. 5×35 on the ground, that’s 165 sqm of ground on what could roughly be three floors, so about 495sqm of house. That’s a gigantic house by European standard. In those sort of house you would think you could find about 5 en-suite bedrooms and an actual kitchen and it should still feel amazingly spacious. But no, let’s make sure the smell from cooking reaches everywhere and your bathtub makes your bedsheets wet… 14/10 would laugh at.

Jiany Star Massa vich

Oct 10, 2019, 8:07 am Reply

Very original

Daria Tomczak

Oct 10, 2019, 10:44 am Reply

Can anyone build a small house with a normal budget?? everyone can build anything whether its small or big when given a budget like that in the video

Faz F

Oct 10, 2019, 11:20 am Reply

It looks kind of… lonely. Almost no greenery, no grass, no land, just narrow, high wall, concrete everywhere. I could go crazy if I live in that place for long. The neighbor house has backyard. Also where's the toilet?

capral capral

Oct 10, 2019, 1:00 pm Reply

I wouldnt bother with the tub but apart from that I love the look on the inside.

sheila bonilla

Oct 10, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

Perfect for an isolated life

Cle Furd

Oct 10, 2019, 5:46 am Reply

not small house at all

Willy Yappy

Oct 10, 2019, 6:48 am Reply

That is like the purest form of a bachelor pad.

Ga Wa

Oct 10, 2019, 8:30 am Reply

How to make a small house spaciou? Make it a big house. Clever.

christian gallo

Oct 10, 2019, 9:11 am Reply


Karl Letcher

Oct 10, 2019, 1:05 pm Reply

Vee are ze Euromaxx. Vee sink zat ze wrapping of sings in gold foil make zem klassi.

Cary Noname

Oct 10, 2019, 4:56 pm Reply

That guy is a massive douchebag


Oct 10, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

This is not a small house ..

Anna Koller

Oct 10, 2019, 9:11 am Reply

Nur 150 m2, super kleines haus haha

AC Lagua

Oct 10, 2019, 11:42 am Reply

I love the design.. hope we can see the blueprint. 😁

Jon Seymour

Oct 10, 2019, 1:13 pm Reply

Nice death trap you have there.


Oct 10, 2019, 4:00 pm Reply

This is a small house?…Please, this house have everything that you need to live confortable , beautifully decorated, modern installations and appliances…150 mt2 is a nice size….

Caseko CSK

Oct 10, 2019, 1:49 am Reply

I want that tap!

Ruthie May

Oct 10, 2019, 6:21 am Reply

Four stars out of 5. 😍😍😍

Gypsy SnickerDoodle

Oct 10, 2019, 1:37 pm Reply

I can’t see how the first place doesn’t end up loosening at the seams, over time
The second guy obviously doesn’t need any room for vegetable cooking, & the deoxygenated-stale hot water won’t make a decent cup of tea.

Hi Technique

Oct 10, 2019, 2:29 am Reply

dubbing over someone's voice to translate instead of using subtitles is quite irritating

André Lindner

Oct 10, 2019, 8:10 pm Reply

Ich finde das Gebäude wirklich schrecklich. Es passt nicht in die Umgebung, ist sicherlich schön hell, aber irgendwie wirkt es nicht gemütlich sondern eher nach dem Motto "ich will was haben was kein anderer besitzt". Ich würde es nicht geschenkt nehmen, dann müsste ich die ganze Bude einmal umbauen.

Sharon Roga

Oct 10, 2019, 11:38 am Reply

Where does the 5’ come in?


Oct 10, 2019, 8:27 pm Reply

"low energy house"

and Atlas shrugged

Nov 11, 2019, 3:19 am Reply


Morrie Mukoda

Nov 11, 2019, 6:23 am Reply

Small house? Fuck off😂

gisa guimarães

Nov 11, 2019, 10:38 pm Reply


Demon Marauder

Nov 11, 2019, 2:36 am Reply

In my country everyone sells apartments with 30 or 50m^2 with a high cost; i live in a 89m^2 apartment and i feel my home is small.

Demon Marauder

Nov 11, 2019, 2:37 am Reply

Who doesn't wanna live in this "small" house

Mohammadsadiq Al desai

Nov 11, 2019, 7:58 am Reply

The step riser is too high considering t anthropometric standards

james sullivan

Nov 11, 2019, 10:24 am Reply

No handrail on a stair with a sharp point next to it .Who planned that one?

Maaike Harmsen

Nov 11, 2019, 3:36 pm Reply

I couldn't bring my friend in a wheelchair to this house. Or friends with small children (safety issues). Or claustrophobic friends . Or nature loving friends. A house with no windows to the street? What do you have to hide, a weed plantation? (Thats my Dutch prejudice🤗).

Pinak Nubs

Nov 11, 2019, 6:39 pm Reply

How is this a small house?


Nov 11, 2019, 3:59 pm Reply

175 square meters, "small", right….

Ashish Sawant

Nov 11, 2019, 4:12 am Reply

" small " is subjective.

Giorge Leedy’s English Mastery

Nov 11, 2019, 12:11 am Reply

Very nice. I loved the sofa the most.

Poll Jones

Nov 11, 2019, 10:38 pm Reply

That American voice over man is really bad. It makes the whole vid sound like a high school geography documentary from 1979. I had to turn off. Please just use sub-titles next time.


Dec 12, 2019, 6:14 pm Reply

Is this small house…

Rango G

Dec 12, 2019, 6:33 pm Reply

Clever house.


Dec 12, 2019, 1:40 pm Reply

How to make a small house spacious by spending million in it… oritey, let me find my million first.

Dennis Svensson

Dec 12, 2019, 4:08 pm Reply

Thats a big house, and i live in a big house by sweden standards.

Brenda Hines

Jan 1, 2020, 8:57 pm Reply

Pretty cool dude

Alef Ramirez

Jan 1, 2020, 10:04 pm Reply

oh man he left the garage door open

Mont Studio

Jan 1, 2020, 3:23 am Reply

That is one cool house

Kamikaze 09

Jan 1, 2020, 11:39 am Reply

how could you say 'only' to that 35 meters -_-


Jan 1, 2020, 6:22 am Reply

Misleading title – the house is HUGE as it is ?

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