#34 - Chris's Mod Carriage House

#34 - Chris's Mod Carriage House

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 21, 2006

Name: Chris K.
Location: Columbus, OH
Size: 612 s/f Renovated Carriage House

Favorite resource:

A tablesaw!

What inspired you?

For my first apartment out of college, I was lucky enough to find this carriage house that had been renovated into three small but unique dwellings. I've always dreamed of designing a house and everything in it but since that was out of the question at the time, I decided to start with this and furnish as much of it by myself as I could.

Living Room

...The apartment has a long and narrow floorplan and I was able to custom build some pieces to fit exactly where they needed to and maximized the available space. Luckily there are 10+ foot ceiling throughout so it never feels too crowded and it allowed me to hang some mobiles and lanterns to balance out the rooms top to bottom.


Office (in laundry room?)

Design Tip:

Don't be afraid of customizing pieces or designing them from scratch to fit your needs.


The futon and endtable were designed to be wide enough to fill the space on wall and low enough not to obstruct the view out the windows. The endtable has an integrated magazine rack/ display and opens up to store extra blankets. The coffee table was made as a school project out of laminated birch ply and features an built in planter and foot rest.


The TV console fits perfectly along the opposite wall and hides all my video and stereo equipment inside. It has casters that allow to to spin around and face the kitchen if I'm working in there. The bulb vases were made as a Valentines Day present for my girlfriend.


There wasn't a very good space for a traditional kitchen table so I built one at bar height along back the wall where there is a large window that was once access for the horses in the carriage house. To save space, the legs facing the living room also double as a bookshelf. The Giulietta stools and Eames Plywood Side Chair were picked up at a DWR warehouse sale.


The bedroom is pretty spare, except for a bed and desk, the top of which is a salvaged metal panel from an airport luggage X-Ray machine. I was able to find a vintage Eames Aluminum Group Soft Pad Chair and refurbished it to nearly new condition, repainted the found filing cabinet and decorated the walls with images from the Eames Case Study house and an enlarged image of Charles' photo of their wire chairs with wooden bird sculpture.

Hopefully this isn't too wordy a submission... I just wanted to give some background on the furniture I made and the way it laid out in the apartment. Hope to hear from you soon!

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