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I'm 21 and live in a 72-square-foot NYC apartment that costs $1,345 a month. Here's what a day in my life looks like.

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I almost put this in the left is freaking insane thread.

I'm 21 and live in a 72-square-foot NYC apartment that costs $1,345 a month. Here's what a day in my life looks like.​

https://www.insider.com/living-in-microstudio-apartment-in-nyc-what-its-like-cost-2021-6
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Jun 1, 2021, 2:29 PM
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  • I live in a 72-square-foot apartment in New York City's West Village for $1,345 a month.
  • My microstudio has no real kitchen or closet, and I sleep on a futon bed that serves as my couch.
  • I love being able to live on my own after college even though some basic tasks can be difficult.
I had dreamed of moving from my small town in Tennessee to New York City ever since I visited the Big Apple when I was 4 years old. Unfortunately, I didn't quite grasp how expensive it is to live there until I was much older.

A lot of people live with roommates or move to boroughs other than Manhattan, like Brooklyn or Queens, to save money. But I wanted to be in the center of the action and live alone.

I found my solution on the internet: a micro-studio apartment. In NYC, these spaces are often between 50 and 100 square feet and make living alone somewhat affordable.

I found my 72-square-foot apartment in the West Village for $1,345 a month. It's in my favorite part of the city, has a fire escape, and the perfect amount of space for a 21-year-old college graduate.

Here's what a day of my life is like in this tiny space:

As soon as I wake up, I turn my bed back into my couch

I sleep on a futon bed, so when I wake up, I put my pillow and comforter under the frame and turn my bed back into a couch. This is annoying to do when I first wake up, but it certainly forces me to get out of bed.

I briefly considered putting a twin-size mattress in my lofted storage area instead, but I'm not positive it can support my weight and terrified to roll off in the night.

Then I work on using my space to make fresh coffee and breakfast

My tiny space does not mean I sacrifice my coffee.

I stand on top of my fridge to reach the coffee beans and get my electric water heater and bean grinder out from under my sink, since there's no room for it on the counter.
kitchen+bathroomdoor

My kitchen consists of a sink and my appliances. Via Hendrix for Insider

After I make my coffee, I put all the tools and ingredients away so I have room on the counter to make breakfast.

For breakfast, I usually cook eggs on my hot plate while I make toast in my toaster-oven-air-fryer combo.

After breakfast, I have to do all of my dishes immediately, or my sink won't fit anything else.

Picking out my outfit can be challenging since my clothes are stored throughout the apartment

Picking out my outfit requires a few stops around my studio.

I keep my pajamas, underwear, bras, socks, bathing suits, and accessories in bins underneath my two-bar garment rack.

My clothes are color-coded, and all of my black and white clothes are on the rack facing the wall, so I have to dig a bit to see what's back there.
closet

I keep most of my clothes on a rack. Via Hendrix for Insider

Some of my shoes and purses are displayed on the wall, which gives me extra storage and turns them into decor.

When it comes to laundry, I pay to have it washed, dried, and folded, since I don't have a washer or dryer.

My hamper is in the storage loft above my kitchen. When I need to put clothes in it, I either try throwing them in the hamper (and always miss) or climb on top of my counter so I can reach.
loftarea

I keep my hamper in the storage loft above my kitchen area. Via Hendrix for Insider

Living in my studio is mostly me climbing onto surfaces that are probably not meant to be climbed on. Every small task is now a bit of a challenge to complete.

I do my skin-care routine in my bathroom, but I put on my makeup in the main area so I have more space

Like with everything else I do in this apartment, my skin-care routine takes longer than it would in a larger space. My bathroom sink is super small, and I have no counter space in there, so it can be a process to wash my face.

I do my makeup in my main living area and place my products on the kitchen counter while using the mirror by my front door.
aerialview

I do my makeup routine in my main living area. Via Hendrix for Insider

I occasionally have to peek in my bathroom to see my look in better light, but for the most part, this works well.

During the day, I can easily walk to the park and enjoy the fresh air

After this, depending on what my schedule looks like, I am usually out and about for most of the day.

When the weather is nice, I love sitting in Washington Square Park, which is so close to my apartment that it feels like my backyard. I love living near so many amazing restaurants, too.
fireescapeview

I love the views from my fire escape. Via Hendrix for Insider

My fire escape also has killer views of the West Village, so it's nice to pop out there sometimes.

It's challenging to make dinner and have guests over, but I make it work with a microwave and floor pillows

Preparing too many elements that have to be cooked in the same appliance can turn making dinner into a challenging and lengthy process.

I usually air-fry a vegetable and make pasta or a protein with my hot plate. Sometimes, I microwave a Trader Joe's meal, make a salad, or eat a light snack like fruit or cheese and crackers.

On some nights, I have my two friends who live downstairs over, but we mostly go to their space, which is bigger. When I do host guests, about three people can comfortably fit on my couch, and I keep two floor pillows under the futon for people to sit on the floor.

If it starts to feel crowded in my apartment, we hit the park or the streets of NYC.

Otherwise, I will usually have a virtual movie night with my best friend from back home. I don't have a TV, so I will play a movie on my computer and prop it up on the table beside my couch.

Taking a shower can be frustrating because the floor always gets wet

My entire bathroom is the shower, which is sometimes nice and sometimes the worst.

I usually end the day with a shower so my floor has time to dry overnight. If I shower in the morning, my bathroom floor is wet until midafternoon.
Bathroom

My shower is basically my entire bathroom. Via Hendrix for Insider

A perk, though, is that I can easily brush my teeth and do my skin-care routine in the shower at night. I can also use my mirror while brushing my hair in the shower.

When I play music in there, the entire room becomes an echo-y speaker, making for great shower concerts. I also have a little mat outside the bathroom so that no water gets in my apartment.

I expected to hate the shower-bathroom combo, but now I kind of love it.

The noise of the city can be annoying when I'm trying to go to sleep, so I play music or use earplugs

When it gets close to bedtime, I always plug in my air conditioner, as it is a great buffer for all the street noise. I also play some music. If the noise gets really bad, I use earplugs.

I finish my evening by taking melatonin to help me sleep, putting rain sounds on my speaker, and pulling my futon back into a bed.

Overall, I like my microstudio, and it's come with a few perks

At the end of the day, this is by no means the perfect apartment. Someday, I would love to have a living room for parties, a full fridge, a closet, more counter space, and so much more.

But the small space has its perks. I've learned what items I value enough to be a part of my space and how crucial decor can be in making an apartment feel like a home.

Plus, this apartment has allowed me to live in the center of NYC, which was a priority for me. The city is always experienced outside anyway, so I don't mind having my small and cozy place to return to.
 

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I live in my truck for the most part so I don’t see the big deal; if she’s making and saving lots of money then I guess it works out. Otherwise she is wasting time.
 

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I had dreamed of moving from my small town in Tennessee to New York City ever since I visited the Big Apple when I was 4 years old.
Mentally retarded or on drugs? Why would anyone want to live in NYC??
 

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i couldn't care less about his miserable sheeple existence
I'm pretty sure you just presumed this person's pronouns and whomever does have a collection of purses.
 

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I'm pretty sure you just presumed this person's pronouns and whomever does have a collection of purses.
These days, is that enough to actually be able to figure it out?
 

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These days, is that enough to actually be able to figure it out?
Not in the least. Should have used "this person" just to be safe.;)
 

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You're taking a whore bath in the sink you don't have a conventional bathroom. Don't trip my basement baths same way.
In a camper it's called a wet bath and it can be handy. What happens to the toilet paper on the shelf behind the toilet?
 

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In a camper it's called a wet bath and it can be handy. What happens to the toilet paper on the shelf behind the toilet?
No need for toilet paper with the shower/bidet.
 

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Just to live in that hellhole, NYC? Crazy.
 

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Why in the hell would you want to do this...
 

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I admit there is something to the tiny house movement that appeals to me but this is not it. I do like the ideas of getting rid of every piece of junk I have accumulated and living in a well thought out self sustained tiny house in the middle of the woods. We have a real affordable housing crisis and I think we will be seeing some inventive ways to deal with it.
 

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I admit there is something to the tiny house movement that appeals to me but this is not it. I do like the ideas of getting rid of every piece of junk I have accumulated and living in a well thought out self sustained tiny house in the middle of the woods. We have a real affordable housing crisis and I think we will be seeing some inventive ways to deal with it.
Thats where we are at. House should be hitting the market within 60 days. We will then move into our three plex rental. All knickknacks and crap we own is getting donated to the local thrift store. We have so much crap we don't use and is just taking up space. I just cant see this continuing and want to weather the storm with our top tenant paying most of our cost of living.
 

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Thats where we are at. House should be hitting the market within 60 days. We will then move into our three plex rental. All knickknacks and crap we own is getting donated to the local thrift store. We have so much crap we don't use and is just taking up space. I just cant see this continuing and want to weather the storm with our top tenant paying most of our cost of living.
wise move.... I'm not sure of your age but I know many in my age group mid 60s look at all the crap they have accumulated and just want it gone. Most of our kids don't want this junk and its just a burden for them to deal with. I have been watching those tiny house videos and really love the idea.
 

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I have seen larger prison cells.

The building is probably a labyrinth of hallways from all the subdivisions that it would be a death trap if a fire broke out.
 

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I agree, as, communists aren't human beings. By their own admission they are property of the state and should be referred to as "it"

"Shit" is just another way of catagorizing
 

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Welcome to the future as my feeling is that many will be found in these types of abodes when the middle class has been completely obliterated.
 
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I admit there is something to the tiny house movement that appeals to me but this is not it. I do like the ideas of getting rid of every piece of junk I have accumulated and living in a well thought out self sustained tiny house in the middle of the woods. We have a real affordable housing crisis and I think we will be seeing some inventive ways to deal with it.

wise move.... I'm not sure of your age but I know many in my age group mid 60s look at all the crap they have accumulated and just want it gone. Most of our kids don't want this junk and its just a burden for them to deal with. I have been watching those tiny house videos and really love the idea.
My wife and I have been watching those tiny house videos, too and both of us are intrigued. If you haven’t seen them, take a look at the videos on the “Shotgun House” concept. They originated in the south, New Orleans first, I believe and got their name from the linear design, where you can open up the front and back doors and theoretically fire a shotgun through the front door and not hit anything, going out the back. They’re all about five or six rooms, tops and a really cool idea.
 

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My wife and I have been watching those tiny house videos, too and both of us are intrigued. If you haven’t seen them, take a look at the videos on the “Shotgun House” concept. They originated in the south, New Orleans first, I believe and got their name from the linear design, where you can open up the front and back doors and theoretically fire a shotgun through the front door and not hit anything, going out the back. They’re all about five or six rooms, tops and a really cool idea.
I will for sure. Mostly I have been watching the guy from New Zealand on youtube who travels the world looking at tiny houses. I think one consideration for aging is the whole loft concept. Lofts would be great for storage or for extra sleeping but it could be a problem for knee issues. If you were realistically going to live in a tiny house you really have to consider design. My house is not large at all and yet I seriously only use a small portion of it. I'm not sure when Americans decided they needed to live in a mansion. When I grew up in the 60s an affluent family lived in homes considered very modest by todays standards.
 

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Imagine going through that daily hell so you can live near Washington Square Park, which used to be beautiful but is now a 24-hour open drug den full of zombies, criminals and thugs. On weekend nights it's a wall-to-wall frat party. No wonder she needs earplugs, fake ocean waves and melatonin to get to sleep.
 

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72 sq ft is 8 x 9'..........wtf thats 2 sheets of plywood and some scrap.
 

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Mentally retarded or on drugs? Why would anyone want to live in NYC??
The mythical past.

Remember, our perspective is not that of a 21-year-old. I would love to live in her little Tennessee town. But I'm not interested in nightlife and excitement.

Basically, I'm not interested in getting laid, pairing off or bonding with a mate. That's long-ago in my past. That's her need...she can't articulate it and she's been taught not to admit it; but it's what's driving her. The "social scene" is just a way of being exposed to a variety of potential mates.

But that is not the way. Plenty of reasonable medium-sized towns will provide much of what it is she's craving, and maybe better opportunity. Certainly better value and a better lifestyle. And she would have done better to rely on family, friends, and her social circles of the past to find men.

And to KNOW what she needs in a man. Not a politically-approved racial makeup. Not a big johnson. No, a person of integrity who can be counted on when things get rough, as they always do at some point. Your mate can be your best friend...or not. Either way can work. Just know what you're doing - you're seeding a family and building a nest, not trying for the Endless Saturday Night.

They won't listen, though...they've watched too much television and been indoctrinated in too many classrooms. Not my problem...I have no kids...
 

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This is bat shit crazy stuff. I could maybe see a guy live like this for a while but not a girl.
 

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...find a man / get married / move out


single people these days...gotta tell 'em everything


:green tea:
and if that's a guys room....there's still time to get help, those purse colors are horrible
 

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I know, get it a few large refrigerator boxes to tape together!
 

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I know, get it a few large refrigerator boxes to tape together!
and they could store it on the fire escape...and with a few scrap 2 x 4's, i'm certain that fire escape could be expanded a bit to let others get by...
 

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The mythical past.

Remember, our perspective is not that of a 21-year-old. I would love to live in her little Tennessee town. But I'm not interested in nightlife and excitement.

Basically, I'm not interested in getting laid, pairing off or bonding with a mate. That's long-ago in my past. That's her need...she can't articulate it and she's been taught not to admit it; but it's what's driving her. The "social scene" is just a way of being exposed to a variety of potential mates.

But that is not the way. Plenty of reasonable medium-sized towns will provide much of what it is she's craving, and maybe better opportunity. Certainly better value and a better lifestyle. And she would have done better to rely on family, friends, and her social circles of the past to find men.

And to KNOW what she needs in a man. Not a politically-approved racial makeup. Not a big johnson. No, a person of integrity who can be counted on when things get rough, as they always do at some point. Your mate can be your best friend...or not. Either way can work. Just know what you're doing - you're seeding a family and building a nest, not trying for the Endless Saturday Night.

They won't listen, though...they've watched too much television and been indoctrinated in too many classrooms. Not my problem...I have no kids...
I knew NYC was a shithole when I was 21. I knew it was a crime infested commie sewer populated by Blacks and Jews. It's 10 times worse today, how can she not know unless she is retarded?
 

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I knew NYC was a shithole when I was 21. I knew it was a crime infested commie sewer populated by Blacks and Jews. It's 10 times worse today, how can she not know unless she is retarded?
It's Leftists' Mecca.

It's where the Too Rich, the Truly Greedy, and the High Priests of Secular Leftism, get together, WITHOUT any real industry, and celebrate their lifestyle of getting rich on OPM, by moneychanging, by leaching off the moneychangers with worthless art, expensive restaurant foods, services...and all of them smug that they're not like **Those People**
 

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I knew NYC was a shithole when I was 21. I knew it was a crime infested commie sewer populated by Blacks and Jews. It's 10 times worse today, how can she not know unless she is retarded?
It's gone up and down, since Johnson's Grate Society. Leftist government leads to chaos, violence, filth and idleness. Conservative government cleans it up somewhat. New York of the 1990s was almost livable.

But now they've gone Full-Retard SOCIALIST - and now, it appears, there's no going back.
 

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I almost put this in the left is freaking insane thread.

I'm 21 and live in a 72-square-foot NYC apartment that costs $1,345 a month. Here's what a day in my life looks like.​

https://www.insider.com/living-in-microstudio-apartment-in-nyc-what-its-like-cost-2021-6
Via Hendrix
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apartment


  • I live in a 72-square-foot apartment in New York City's West Village for $1,345 a month.
  • My microstudio has no real kitchen or closet, and I sleep on a futon bed that serves as my couch.
  • I love being able to live on my own after college even though some basic tasks can be difficult.
I had dreamed of moving from my small town in Tennessee to New York City ever since I visited the Big Apple when I was 4 years old. Unfortunately, I didn't quite grasp how expensive it is to live there until I was much older.

A lot of people live with roommates or move to boroughs other than Manhattan, like Brooklyn or Queens, to save money. But I wanted to be in the center of the action and live alone.

I found my solution on the internet: a micro-studio apartment. In NYC, these spaces are often between 50 and 100 square feet and make living alone somewhat affordable.

I found my 72-square-foot apartment in the West Village for $1,345 a month. It's in my favorite part of the city, has a fire escape, and the perfect amount of space for a 21-year-old college graduate.

Here's what a day of my life is like in this tiny space:

As soon as I wake up, I turn my bed back into my couch

I sleep on a futon bed, so when I wake up, I put my pillow and comforter under the frame and turn my bed back into a couch. This is annoying to do when I first wake up, but it certainly forces me to get out of bed.

I briefly considered putting a twin-size mattress in my lofted storage area instead, but I'm not positive it can support my weight and terrified to roll off in the night.

Then I work on using my space to make fresh coffee and breakfast

My tiny space does not mean I sacrifice my coffee.

I stand on top of my fridge to reach the coffee beans and get my electric water heater and bean grinder out from under my sink, since there's no room for it on the counter.
kitchen+bathroomdoor

My kitchen consists of a sink and my appliances. Via Hendrix for Insider

After I make my coffee, I put all the tools and ingredients away so I have room on the counter to make breakfast.

For breakfast, I usually cook eggs on my hot plate while I make toast in my toaster-oven-air-fryer combo.

After breakfast, I have to do all of my dishes immediately, or my sink won't fit anything else.

Picking out my outfit can be challenging since my clothes are stored throughout the apartment

Picking out my outfit requires a few stops around my studio.

I keep my pajamas, underwear, bras, socks, bathing suits, and accessories in bins underneath my two-bar garment rack.

My clothes are color-coded, and all of my black and white clothes are on the rack facing the wall, so I have to dig a bit to see what's back there.
closet

I keep most of my clothes on a rack. Via Hendrix for Insider

Some of my shoes and purses are displayed on the wall, which gives me extra storage and turns them into decor.

When it comes to laundry, I pay to have it washed, dried, and folded, since I don't have a washer or dryer.

My hamper is in the storage loft above my kitchen. When I need to put clothes in it, I either try throwing them in the hamper (and always miss) or climb on top of my counter so I can reach.
loftarea

I keep my hamper in the storage loft above my kitchen area. Via Hendrix for Insider

Living in my studio is mostly me climbing onto surfaces that are probably not meant to be climbed on. Every small task is now a bit of a challenge to complete.

I do my skin-care routine in my bathroom, but I put on my makeup in the main area so I have more space

Like with everything else I do in this apartment, my skin-care routine takes longer than it would in a larger space. My bathroom sink is super small, and I have no counter space in there, so it can be a process to wash my face.

I do my makeup in my main living area and place my products on the kitchen counter while using the mirror by my front door.
aerialview

I do my makeup routine in my main living area. Via Hendrix for Insider

I occasionally have to peek in my bathroom to see my look in better light, but for the most part, this works well.

During the day, I can easily walk to the park and enjoy the fresh air

After this, depending on what my schedule looks like, I am usually out and about for most of the day.

When the weather is nice, I love sitting in Washington Square Park, which is so close to my apartment that it feels like my backyard. I love living near so many amazing restaurants, too.
fireescapeview

I love the views from my fire escape. Via Hendrix for Insider

My fire escape also has killer views of the West Village, so it's nice to pop out there sometimes.

It's challenging to make dinner and have guests over, but I make it work with a microwave and floor pillows

Preparing too many elements that have to be cooked in the same appliance can turn making dinner into a challenging and lengthy process.

I usually air-fry a vegetable and make pasta or a protein with my hot plate. Sometimes, I microwave a Trader Joe's meal, make a salad, or eat a light snack like fruit or cheese and crackers.

On some nights, I have my two friends who live downstairs over, but we mostly go to their space, which is bigger. When I do host guests, about three people can comfortably fit on my couch, and I keep two floor pillows under the futon for people to sit on the floor.

If it starts to feel crowded in my apartment, we hit the park or the streets of NYC.

Otherwise, I will usually have a virtual movie night with my best friend from back home. I don't have a TV, so I will play a movie on my computer and prop it up on the table beside my couch.

Taking a shower can be frustrating because the floor always gets wet

My entire bathroom is the shower, which is sometimes nice and sometimes the worst.

I usually end the day with a shower so my floor has time to dry overnight. If I shower in the morning, my bathroom floor is wet until midafternoon.
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My shower is basically my entire bathroom. Via Hendrix for Insider

A perk, though, is that I can easily brush my teeth and do my skin-care routine in the shower at night. I can also use my mirror while brushing my hair in the shower.

When I play music in there, the entire room becomes an echo-y speaker, making for great shower concerts. I also have a little mat outside the bathroom so that no water gets in my apartment.

I expected to hate the shower-bathroom combo, but now I kind of love it.

The noise of the city can be annoying when I'm trying to go to sleep, so I play music or use earplugs

When it gets close to bedtime, I always plug in my air conditioner, as it is a great buffer for all the street noise. I also play some music. If the noise gets really bad, I use earplugs.

I finish my evening by taking melatonin to help me sleep, putting rain sounds on my speaker, and pulling my futon back into a bed.

Overall, I like my microstudio, and it's come with a few perks

At the end of the day, this is by no means the perfect apartment. Someday, I would love to have a living room for parties, a full fridge, a closet, more counter space, and so much more.

But the small space has its perks. I've learned what items I value enough to be a part of my space and how crucial decor can be in making an apartment feel like a home.

Plus, this apartment has allowed me to live in the center of NYC, which was a priority for me. The city is always experienced outside anyway, so I don't mind having my small and cozy place to return to.
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My wife's soap room is many times that size. And that is a fraction of the garage+office building that I made. Maybe the problem is that this author has not framed, sheathed, ran electric, drywalled, textured, or painted a real building. Add outlets, switches, and light fixtures to the question, but those are super easy.