Small Cool 2009: Nreaves' Custom Style

Little Division #44

Who Lives There: Nreaves, her husband and their 10 month old daughter
Location: Farmington, Michigan
Size: 890 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I love our custom kitchen. The former dining room that was sized to seat six seemed excessive for a one bedroom apartment, so we expanded the kitchen to double it's size. It is now open to the living space which is wonderful for entertaining and even keeping an eye on our daughter while we cook. We replaced the dining room with a slide-out table that can adapt to seat the three of us in it's "closed position" and up to six when fully extended.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? One of the biggest challenges was finding furnishings within our budget. We accomplished this by spending more on a few select pieces of furniture and offsetting that by designing and building other pieces ourselves such as the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity. The kitchen cabinets are a low cost plastic laminate and
incorporate materials such as electrical conduit for open shelving. Even the kitchen light fixtures were very cost effective. Each of the six recessed can lights were only $15 a piece and are simply mounted to a suspended plywood frame.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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