Name: Kevin Location: Lakeview Size: 650 sq/ft
Kevin's first place living alone has posed numerous challenges. A first-time owner, Kevin's long to-do list is well on its way to completion. He's been living in this historic building (an enormous, elite individual home from 1915, split into smaller units in the 1950s, then turned into condos in 1995) for just over two years--his longest stint in any apartment.
His first big project was to remove the vinyl flooring in the kitchen and sun room. The disastrous layers included vinyl glued to sheets of plywood, which was staped to linoleum, which was glued to the original wood. He worked on his own for many weeks to restore the wood and live vinyl-free.
Kevin also replaced all the knobs and handles in the kitchen, reminding us that the small touches go so far. Experimenting with various bright, fun paint colors was important to Kevin, who had never had the luxury of painting in his rentals. He also chose to decorate his home with personal work including metal sculptures, a glass/steel table, paintings, and photography. Oh, Kevin made those pillows on his futon, too.
The layout of Kevin's place is interesting: no hallways, and every room has a door that leads to the next. There is access to the bathroom from both the living room and bedroom, and access to the sunroom from both the bedroom and living room. A great final touch from the apartment's original era: the amazing peek hole on the front door.
(Thanks and Happy Birthday, Kevin!)