Houzz Tour: A Tiny Studio is Transformed into a Home for Four
Smart innovations like a pivoting parapet and a disappearing bed turn an old attic into a cosy mini apartment
Architect Antonio Aurigemma renovated the attic and transformed it into a comfy and cosy pied-à-terre. Not only did he open up and brighten the living area, but he also came up with clever, space-saving solutions that make the apartment both dynamic and flexible.
Who lives here An Italian family of four living in Luxembourg, who occasionally come to Italy to visit relatives and friends
Location Trastevere district, Rome, Italy
Size About 30 sq m
Architect Antonio Aurigemma
Renovation costs About £42,000 (50,000 euros), including £4400 (4000 euros) for the cost of the bed structure, including the wall unit. The staircase cost about £3000 (3600 euros), including assembly.
Photos by Paolo Fusco
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Renlig FWM7D combination washer-dryer, Ikea.
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The transparent stools also have multiple purposes and turn into bedside tables when it’s time to sleep.
Transparent Stone stools, Kartell. Table, Penta. Cucina Demode kitchen cabinetry, Valcucine. Tap, Foster. Dishwasher, Electrolux.
In addition to designing new features, Aurigemma also changed the colour and lighting in the apartment. The ceiling beams have been repainted white, while new PVC windows have been installed, their thinner frames letting in more daylight. Three 2m-long LED strips installed in the ceiling illuminate the apartment: the first is over the kitchen, the second in the dining area, and the third over the living room. Adjustable light fixtures have also been placed under the ridge.
On the right you can see the bathroom door. “I got it custom made since its height of only 18cm is not quite standard,” says Aurigemma.
Friheten sofa bed, Ikea.
On the short wall behind the sink you can see a handy shelf, which was a byproduct of the renovation process as Aurigemma had to create a tiled false wall to hide the bathroom’s plumbing.
In this home, even a necessary construction detail turns into a multi-purpose design feature.
Godmorgon/Odensvik cabinet, both Ikea.
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