I love browsing new developments. Is so much fun to see what people create. And though at times I end up imitating my dog and crookedly staring at the screen in confusion, I always have a blast.
• Completed: 2012
This is a gigantic apartment, with a beautiful amount of window space. It’s shape, however does limit certain options.
I didn’t want to restructure it completely. It works fine as it is. True, there is the downside of the small bedroom being accessed through the kitchen and the living room, but hey, look at the view!!! Even I can’t comment on this… What I can and will comment is the choice in furniture layout. I does not do true justice to the space.
• And so, I have played with each room in part and adjusted it to maximize its potential and better cater to one’s needs. Next to the space usage, I have taken in consideration circulations and privacy. If you’d like to know more about the layout of the small bedroom I invite you to reed my article about the kid’s bedroom design.
• As for the living room and kitchen, the original layout breaks the space in so many little pieces that it practically shrinks this “ballroom” of a room. The people sitting on the couches have no connection with those either at the dining table or in the kitchen. Each of the three spaces is almost separate from the others despite the lack of walls. The kitchen connects with the balcony but not with the dining table, while the dining table is almost on its own. All this turns the remaining space in somewhat of a hallway.
• I barely touched any walls. I payed with, but in the end decided not to.
• I added a walking closet to the master bedroom. This allows one to dress in the morning without disturbing the other. It also creates a much more relaxed view while waking up in the morning and not seeing the messy clothes tossed on the floor. You know who you are…
• I moved the door of the next room (in the original plan the office) so that it allows for more layout options.
• I moved the kitchen and the dining area. By changing their orientation I was able to create two main circulations that do not impede in any way the functions and create visual connections between the three main functions of the room. This also created a “corridor” through which the third bedroom can be accessed with minimal interference to the rest of the space.
• I reorganized the third bedroom. The circulations were shrinking the usable space and diminished the value of having a walk in closet. By removing the bed from the main space of the room I gave it privacy and made a clear distinction between work mode and rest mode. Want to know more? Read here.
• Last but not least, I played with the balcony. I am more than convinced that the reason behind the crowded original layout design was not to showcase the space, but its size. Ironically, this won’t help sell a space as most people need more to understand the potential of a space.
Obviously, the shape of the balcony will yield two areas: the large volume of the access point and the lateral narrow piece. The large volume will see most of the action and summer parties. And so, it will benefit from being able to work with the living room space (thus the furniture orientation). The lateral space has a beautiful level of privacy so it will be better suited for a small area of talking, reading or simply detaching from the rest.