Sunday, February 3, 2008

Small Space Renovation


Photo Credits Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

I Love this New York City apartment renovation. This is a great example of what a person can do in a limited space. The tiny studio apartment is just 400 square feet, but it has the feel of a much larger space.

Mark Robohm, a web designer and drummer, renovated the space. He took on some pretty daunting demolition tasks including removing a non-working fireplace. And he did it all while living in the space. One of my favorite aspects of this remodel is that Mark even saved and reused 2x4 framing studs and electrical wire.

There are many things to love about this renovation — the natural light is an outstanding feature. Mark installed a plastic translucent window between the bathroom and living area. This allows light form the bathroom window into the living area while retaining privacy. There is also a sleeping loft that is big enough to sleep in but small enough to be unobtrusive. The stainless steel countertops have a much higher end look than the $700 price tag would let on.

The single most incredible part of this remodel is the cost. The whole renovation — demolition included — was a meager $11,600. Amazing what you can do with your own hard work.

Read more about it here: Living in Dust: Gut Renovation on the Cheap.