This 700-Square-Foot Boston Condo Goes from "Perfectly Lovely" to Modern Showstopper

This 700-Square-Foot Boston Condo Goes from "Perfectly Lovely" to Modern Showstopper

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Arlyn Hernandez
Feb 2, 2017

Project by: Farr North Interiors
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

A previous renovation in 2010 gave a perfectly lovely cosmetic upgrade to a once-dated 710-square-foot condo in Boston. Though the modernization created a significant aesthetic improvement, layout and flow issues remained in the 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment originally built in the 1800s. To reconfigure the home, the homeowners brought in Kerry Farr of Farr North Interiors to tackle the small space challenges.

On the hit list for the designer: increase the size of the "master" bedroom without stealing too much space from the second bedroom or the rest of the home's footprint; create greater efficiency and counter space in the kitchen while making way for a new hall opening; doubling the size of the bathroom; reconfiguring the main hallway to make better use of usable space, incorporating an in-unit washer/dryer.

The original floor plan of the home included a teenie bathroom, a tight entry hallway and a kitchen with minimal counter space and storage.
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The apartment's floor plan after the renovation.
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Kerry was able to increase the size of the bathroom by reworking circulation paths, borrowing from what was originally the entry hallway, making room for a stackable washer dryer. The kitchen now features handmade maple upper cabinets with floating shelves for glassware and an island made from remnants of a bowling alley and simple iron pipes. The once tiny sink was enlarged to a more usable size, as well.

New furnishings in the living room include an Anthropologie ottoman, Restoration Hardware sofa, mid-century modern credenza found on Craigslist, and two-toned chalk-painted Eames style chairs.
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A "before" shot of the bathroom.
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The now larger bathroom features charcoal-colored ceramic tile, an oversize angled bronze mirror, a wall-mounted sink and Schoolhouse-style sconces, as well as a stacked washer and dryer.
(Image credit: Charlie Abrahams Photography)

Thank you Kerry Farr of Farr North Interiors for sharing this lovely project with us!

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