Small Space Solutions: 4 Studios Revamped With Clever Carpentry
Multi-functional carpentry was the key to turning these space-starved units into comfortable, functional homes
Architects: Fo.Ca Studio
Size About 25 square metres
Budget: €15,000 + €12,000 for the wooden unit
The owners of this studio wanted to make it as welcoming and comfortable as possible, and asked for the bed to be separated from the rest of the living space.
The architect replaced the dated ceramic floor tiles with a warm wood floor and painted the walls white with blocks of turquoise.
However, the most significant intervention in the apartment is a box that contains the bed and storage. Sliding doors in translucent plexiglass let in natural light while closing off the box and providing just enough privacy.
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Architects: Plus Ultra Studio
Size: 30 square meters
The architects in charge of this project found themselves faced with a damp, dark and disordered space. The first thing they did was insert a ventilated crawl space, an insulating compartment that separates the floor from the ground.
Two new windows provide better air circulation. The electrical wiring, plumbing and air conditioning systems were also redone.
On a platform inside the structure are a bed, some storage units and a study corner with a desk. The outside of the structure provides more storage and adds a decorative touch to the apartment. Alternating blue and wood compartments add interest.
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Size: 35 square metres
When floor space is limited, the trick is to build up. In this apartment, the original bunk bed was messy and not very functional. The architects were asked to reorganise it, make it brighter and more liveable, and find space for a study area.
Underneath is a large wardrobe with a mirror on the side and a hammock, which offers extra seating for the living corner.
Other changes make the space cosier: the architects have swapped the old tiles out for bamboo flooring; the white colour scheme brightens the space; and touches of colour, like the turquoise backsplash, enliven the kitchen.
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Architect: Silvana Citterio
Size: 13.5 square metres, with a small 1.5-square-metre balcony
Budget: The carpentry work cost about €19,000, and the overhaul of the plumbing and wiring cost €10,000
This flat had very little floor area, and presented an unusual obstacle: a tall platform that conceals the utility compartment for the whole building and could not be moved.
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