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save and find space in a tiny apartment

When you’re in a compact home, it can seem challenging or impossible to save and find space. But smart, functional living is possible regardless of size. In fact, it sometimes seems easier to accomplish in a small space because you need to be very focused.

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Floor to ceiling white cabinetry offers plenty of storage. The high-gloss white finish selected for the cabinets reflects light around the space, is low maintenance and easy to keep clean.

An abandoned 350-square-foot studio condo was transformed into a fantastically organised masterpiece by Lark Architecture. With its limited square footage, 8-foot ceilings, and two separate exterior doors, there were plenty of challenges to creating a livable space.

From the architect:

Storage & Functionality

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Logan Square condo, as it looked when it was initially purchased.

We needed the space to be highly functional, both for ourselves as work-at-home professionals (with our three dogs) and for future rental occupants.

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The bright white bathroom is compact but functional.

The primary strategic goals for the design were to maximise storage, improve functionality and introduce much-needed privacy to the one-room space.

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Storage wall elevation and overall floor plan

To start, the entire west wall was built out with a tessellated arrangement of inexpensive stock cabinetry. This wall of cabinetry provided the immediate benefit of ample storage while sacrificing less than 18 inches in overall unit width.

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One large “cubby” was built around the mostly unused exterior door leading to the other condo units in the building, with deep steps to accommodate dog beds.

The storage wall design includes open, lighted cubbies, created to allow flexibility in the composition of stock cabinetry in order to fill the space from floor to ceiling.

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The kitchen was designed as an extension of the storage wall.

The kitchen was designed as an extension of the storage wall. The extreme spatial limitations meant that standard-size appliances would not be an option, so efficient and well-designed compact units were selected… to provide full function in an otherwise diminutive kitchen.

Privacy

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The site-built loft accommodates a queen-sized bed, a full desk, bookcases, closet space with easy access to the storage wall, and laundry space with a vent-free washer/dryer combo unit.

The biggest impact on the space and the project goals was the design of the bed loft. The site-built loft accommodates a queen-sized bed, a full desk, bookcases, closet space with easy access to the storage wall, and laundry space with a vent-free washer/dryer combo unit. In addition, the loft serves as separation for the distinct public and private functions of the home.

Design Investment

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Rendering of the space. | Lark Architecture

The final product is a dramatic improvement in function and design over the uninspired studio apartment it once was. This home is small living at its best! The space serves all the necessary household functions, as well as addresses the additional needs of shared living and work-from-home occupants.


With careful thought and planning, you, too, can save and find space in small interiors.

 

 

Architectural drawings: Lark Architecture | All photos: Cynthia Lynn Photography

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