While considered small by most standards, this is not how we feel about our apartment. We fell in love with it the moment its empty but loaded with potential rooms were shown to us.
Our Unit 9 is at the top floor of an old art deco building that is full of character. One of the best features of the apartment is its unique layout (as seen on the plan). Features such as a bay window, an all-sides windowed den space (which we use as an office) and a wood-burning fireplace are not usual to find in a rental establishment and we could not have been happier to discover this rare gem.
We have occupied this one-bedroom apartment for over 10 years now, and everything has its place and useful designation. The areas flow from one to another, and two adults and a child have no trouble whatsoever enjoying a fully functional, highly comfortable and continually evolving home environment for every need and activity.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Always do a furnishing layout ahead of time. This, of course, can be done professionally by a designer, but a few easy DIY steps can do the trick: Measure your room and measure each of the larger items under consideration and do a “dry” placement (could be done with marking outlines on the floor with pieces of masking tape or paper cutouts) before purchasing/bringing in the actual pieces of furniture. A lot of bad decisions can be averted that way.
2. Going up vertically holds a lot of potential after all of the precious floor space has been used up. This is especially true for creating more storage space, such as hanging storage units close to the ceiling, installing hooks and shelves high in the closet spaces etc.
3. Repurposing off-the-shelf items by using them in unusual ways and unusual places, combining them, and/or modifying them to fit odd situations can be a clever way to achieve a custom look without breaking the bank.