Name: Kirk Lenard
Location: Paddington, Sydney, Australia
Size & Type: Small....
Pitch: It's a tiny house that required some tricky maneuvers and clever solutions to accomodate our needs. Some of the ideas may not work for everyone (there's no bathtub, and the children's bedroom does not have a door) but it's perfect for our lifestyle -- a young child, lot's of dinner parties, BBQs, and very casual living.
It's a very narrow (just over 10' wide) 2-storey 19th century terrace (an Australian row-house) in a historic trendy inner-city neighbourhood. We left the front facade traditional, in keeping with the neighbourhood.
Metallic Belgian wallpaper, multiple lighting features, and a funky wall mirror, along with the large sofa/chaise, leather ottomans (which convert to coffee table trays plus storage under), and a hidden entertainment centre, create a sexy ambience for entertaining or family lounging.
We added an attic floor bedroom (for my son from the astronaut photo in the NY apt) with it's own balcony.
The kitchen has a custom resin countertop which wraps the ceiling, a fast-food type trash bin door under the microwave, sliding panels to separate it from the living area, and a floating breakfast counter with stools.
The unique bathroom acts as an enlarged landing when the transluscent bronze glass doors are retracted (but private when they are closed) and has a shower concealed behind bronze mirrored panels (which seal it when opened against the sliding doors). Operarble mirrored panels also hide the laundry on the opposite side.
From earlier posted photos of my NY apt some may recognize the Jacobsen Egg chair and Heywood Wakefield table (which can extend to seat 10), but the overall style is more contemporary. Openess and similar finishes are used throughout to prevent the small house from feeling too busy. Darker colours are acknowledghement that the place is small and cosy, and no amount of white is going to change that!