Tiny Parisian Apartment Remodeled Into Beautiful Complete Home
Lifestyle| | By Jason Owen
With the cost of rent skyrocketing in major metropolitan cities across the country, people everywhere are looking for ways to save. For some, they are inevitably forced into smaller and smaller domiciles, like this tiny 87-sq.-ft. apartment in Paris that’s really capturing that living in a cardboard box feel. But how one French family has it remodeled is going to amaze you. For some background: The unnamed family was seeking an au pair. For those who do not know, an au pair is essentially a nanny who lives with the family full-time to help raise the children, as the parents are usually overwhelmed with other obligations.
However, this family couldn’t add another person into their already cramped apartment, so they sought a chambre de bonne, a “maid’s room.” Now, before you get upset, these were/are quite common in older French architecture where the wealthy would have these tiny additional rooms built to accommodate the service workers. Hence, in many of the old Parisian buildings still standing today, these rooms are available. But of course, sticking your working au pair into a room that one can cross in just a few steps, isn’t exactly an ideal work perk. So the couple got creative and hired interior design firm Kitoko Studio to create a room not unlike a “Swiss Army Knife,” allowing for multifunctional space with elements of “storage, a bed, a table, a wardrobe, a staircase, a kitchenette, and a bathroom” all in one. How do you get all that into just 87-square-feet? The proof is in these amazing images below. All the elements are tucked into the “closet,” where each drawer pulls out for when it needs to be used. The bed is lofted, with a storage unit-staircase that leads up to it. The dining table pulls out and can be completely removed from the wall (for when you have company over). Even the kitchen area offers its own secrets: a sink that sits under a moveable counter for when you need extra cooking space; a full cupboard for dishes; and even a dishwasher. Obviously, living in such a small space probably isn’t ideal for everyone, but this goes to show that even with limited room, one can create a unique, cozy atmosphere that holds more than meets the eye. See it all in this incredible video about the project and more pictures below.
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