I have mentioned several times how I am intrigued with well designed spaces. I prefer smaller ones. If done well you do not get the feeling of being closed in at all. Below is a series of photographs of a loft that is 650 sq feet. My last apartment was 550 and did not feel at all like this space. I did not have the storage nor the flexibility in room configuration. Glad I did not see this while I was in the apartment or I might have cried.
Is it possible for a couple to live and work together harmoniously in 650 square feet? This week Robert Garneau of Studio Garneau (the firm is a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) takes us through intelligent urban living in his design of a small apartment in New York's neighborhood of Chelsea. For the next 48 hours, Garneau is available to answer your queries; leave your questions in the comments section below.
Whatever the budget, every urbanite grapples with not having enough space. With a few sleights of hand and some hard-working hardware, Garneau plays magician, seeming to pull living and storage space out of nowhere effortlessly, transforming a 650-square-foot studio into a one-bedroom live/work apartment for a couple who run their office from home. Beware—when you’re not looking, he may just transform it back again.
Above: A sliding wall hides the bedroom beyond and reveals built-in storage and bookshelves (instantly transforming the studio apartment into a one-bedroom apartment).
Above: Once the sliding wall is pulled back, the bookshelf is hidden and the one-bedroom apartment becomes an open studio space.
Above: Another view of the loft with the sliding walls pulled back, revealing an open reading of the space.
Above: Every opportunity for storage has been used, including drawers under the couch.
Above: In the kitchen area, Garneau designed a table which can be adjusted to three heights for three functions; kitchen island (shown above), dining table, and work surface.
Above: The table has been adjusted to work surface height. All office equipment is stored in the white cabinet to the side of the table.
Above: A Murphy bed pulls down to reveal a niche lined in walnut veneer that acts as a headboard.
Above: Night stands have been built into the headboard niche. The walnut veneer on the door is an aesthetically unifying detail.
Above: The sliding wall is pulled back and the Murphy bed has been stored away. Beyond the wall with the painting is the dressing area and bathroom.
Above: A floor-to-ceiling closet is located on one side of the dressing area.
Above L. Garneau creates a shallow dresser for storing folded clothes. Above R: Storage niches are carved into the bathroom walls.
Above: The factory-style windows are typical of the industrial buildings in the neighborhood.
Above: Every inch of available space has been turned over to storage in the bathroom.
Above: The architect as magician.
N.B. Looking for more small apartment inspiration? See 244 images of Small Apartments in our Gallery of rooms and spaces.