Before and After: Genius Sliding Solutions in 323 Square Feet
A special staircase parapet and an innovative space-saving bed turn an old attic into a cozy mini apartment in Rome
Architect Antonio Aurigemma renovated it and turned it into a comfy and cozy pied-à-terre thanks to clever, space-saving solutions such as a specially designed staircase parapet and an innovative disappearing bed.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: An Italian family of four living in Luxembourg, who occasionally come to Italy to visit relatives and friends
Location: A building in the heart of the Trastevere district in Rome
Size: 323 square feet (30 square meters)
Architect: Antonio Aurigemma
Renovation costs: About $55,000, about $4,400 of which covered the cost of the bed structure, including the wall unit. The staircase cost about $4,200, including assembly.
That’s interesting: Custom solutions and disappearing furniture used every inch of the apartment without taking away flexibility or comfort.
The entrance remained in its original place, but the staircase and the whole home have been renovated.
The area where the ceiling is low has been used to hide a disappearing bed.
The counter is made of wood. The owner wanted the kitchen unit to stand out among the other pieces of furniture in the apartment, hence the choice of black as the color.
The transparent stools turn into bedside tables when it’s time to sleep.
The owner chose an unusual table. The extra support is part of the table structure and can be easily folded away when not needed.
Transparent stools: Stone Stool, Kartell; kitchen cabinet and counter unit: Valcucine
The flooring is prefinished brash oak (about three-fifths of an inch thick, 7 inches wide and 71 to 83 inches long).
On the right you can see the bathroom door. “I got it custom made since the height of only [about 6 feet] is not quite standard,” Aurigemma says.
Ceiling beams have been repainted white, while new PVC windows replaced the original ones to let in more light.
Three 6½-foot-long LED strips installed in the ceiling illuminate the apartment: The first is placed over the kitchen, the second over the dining area and the third over the living room.
Sofa bed: Ikea
On the little wall behind the sink you can see a practical shelf. “This wall has been created because it was necessary to use a tiled element by which I ‘enlarged’ the wall to install the hydraulic system. The process produced this handy shelf,” Aurigemma says.
In this home, even an unavoidable construction detail turns into an indispensable design feature.
Toilet: Catalano; sink: Ikea
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