Not Your Average Basement Apartment

If it weren't for the below-grade entry, it would be hard to tell this bright, loft-like apartment was once a dark, uninhabitable basement. But Seattle architecture firm Shed has an agile hand when it comes to thinking big in small spaces.

As one fan describes it, Shed "understands loft lust on a cellular level." To maintain an open feel in this narrow footprint, they employed several small-space design solutions.

In the living room, storage and display space is increased with wraparound shelves at sofa and ceiling height and extra deep window ledges. A double wide door with transom window let in even more light, which bounces off the high-gloss white paint on the wood-paneled walls and ceiling. The minimal white kitchen blends in with the rest of the space with storage contained in a partition wall. The placement of windows on either side of the partition and in the sleeping loft provide an uninterrupted view from one end of the apartment to the other, and a collapsed stair case saves precious floor space.

To see more of this basement conversion and other Shed-build designs, visit their site: www.shedbuild.com