Small Cool 2010: Ashley's Residence Before Residency

Small Cool 2010: Ashley's Residence Before Residency

Aaron Able
Apr 15, 2010


Who Lives Here: Ashley + 1 + 2 cats
Location: Walnut Hill — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Size: 800 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? That would have to be our direct entry from the courtyard…we're one of the very lucky few who have a unit that has direct access to the courtyard, and to say that we love, love, love it would be the understatement of the century. There's no better way to spend a Sunday than sitting on our stoop listening to the piano-playing of our upstairs neighbor trickle down and mingle with the sound of our windchime and the pond.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Probably our budget. As medical students, most of our decorating/home improvement had to be outright free or very, very, very cheap. Our one big indulgence was rehabbing both our kitchen and bath (including cabinets, sink, floor, countertops, walls, bathtub, toilet, radiator covers…you name it!) on less than $1,000 for both. To that end, good old elbow grease, paint, Freecycle, Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, West Philly's Tool Library, dumpster diving, and a patient boyfriend have proven invaluable tools. Now that we're moving on to residency (and finally, a salary!) I'm excited we might actually not have to live like the Borrowers 24/7.

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