A Smart Remodel for a Small Space in Paris

A Smart Remodel for a Small Space in Paris

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Nancy Mitchell
Oct 22, 2015
(Image credit: Côté Maison)

Paris is a bit like New York in that it's a highly sought after, densely packed city where some of the most desirable real estate is in older buildings, full of apartments with charming historic character and not-so-charming historic floorplans. This is the story of how Parisian architect Pierre Petit took a small apartment with a cramped, unworkable floorplan and turned it into a lovely, light, and spacious home.

The apartment's floorplan pre-renovation.
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Prior to the renovation, the apartment's floor plan was awkward and chopped up: a wall separated the small kitchen (cuisine) from the rest of the apartment, and the bathroom (salle de bain) was awkwardly inserted into the plan, leaving the living room in a strange L shape. Storage space was almost nonexistent.

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Working within the space's small footprint — only 38 square meters, or 409 square feet — Petit created a new layout that works much better for a modern lifestyle — and gives the apartment a spaciousness that belies its small size. He kept the kitchen in the same spot, but opened it up to the living room. He also created a bathroom to the left of the entrance door in a space that used to be just a toilet room. Cabinetry covers the bathroom wall and provides much-need storage. (You can see all this in the photo up top.)

(Image credit: Cote Maison)

The new living room is light and spacious...

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And in the bedroom, a entire wall of wardrobes provides even more storage.

See more photos and read more about the project at Cote Maison.

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