This is my 550-square-foot apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village. I've lived here for three and a half years, and in that time I've done a lot of work on the place. Funny thing, though: I rent. But that doesn't stop me from getting out the tools and making the place work for me.
Because I don't own my home, and because it's a small apartment in a big city, my home projects have to do with making the most of a small space on a limited budget. Here's a look at some of the upgrades I've made over the years. These are solutions that can work for anyone trying to create a home piece by piece over time.