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This one bedroom flat on Nevern square in Earls Court, London is such a great example of space-saving solutions. Renovated by architecture and design firm Duck & Shed, the 3.8 m ceilings allowed for a mezzanine floor to be created to house a guest bedroom and extra storage. Bespoke joinery was then used throughout the flat, including a fold-away kitchen (so smart!) with a mirrored backsplash and part of the wall opposite the windows (also smart to make the space appear larger). There also seems to be tons of shoe storage so this is every girl living in a big city's dream!
A couple of years ago I featured this London loft by Inside Out Architecture. The project was so successful, they recently completed 2 more renovations in the same building. The owners of a 3rd floor apartment in this converted industrial building were desperately in need of more space for their growing family. Their novel solution was to buy part of their next-door-neighbour's apartment, taking the opportunity to refurbish both, resulting in adjoining projects within the same industrial shell but with very different outcomes. In the family home at no.15, the choice of materials sought to create a light and playful atmosphere, incorporating the clients' love of design classics. With space being tight, most partitions were transformed into useful pieces of joinery. The kitchen incorporates a L-shaped stepped concrete countertop to pay homage to the existing building and divide the living spaces. Whitewashed birch plywood, whitewashed timber floors and plain white joinery provide a neutral background for elements of vivid colour. One element that stood out for me was the concrete beams in the first apartment and how fantstic they look with the rest of the ceiling covered in drywall. Love the concrete countertop too!
A six-storey 19th century Beacon Hill townhouse has been extensively renovated to provide a modern layout with contemporary materials while retaining historical features such as fireplaces, windows and oval staircase. The contrast of "modern and historic elements is played out with the juxtaposition of materials, patterns, and forms." An understanding of contemporary family life and a respect for an historic past meet perfectly in this project by Boston-based Hacin + Associates.
I would give anything to have a statement staircase in my home. Something with the wow factor. I'm thinking that the owners of this Point Piper, Sydney home might just be a little greedy. They have two! And a view to die for! And two floors of books! Their dreams made true by Pearse Architects.