How a Family of 3 Lives in 675 Square Feet

published Jan 4, 2015
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675 square feet might seem awfully small for a family of three — but this Brooklyn couple and their son are making it work, thanks to some clever renovations. Here are the small-space solutions that make this little apartment livable.

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When David Friedlander and Jacqueline Schmidt found out they were going to be parents, their 500 square foot apartment in Brooklyn’s Park Slope started to seem a bit too cozy. They decided to move upstate, to Beacon, envisioning a relaxing life in the country, but they missed the excitement of life in the city. So they moved back to Brooklyn, and found this 675 square foot fixer-upper apartment.

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After a four-month renovation, the space has been completely transformed. Minimal detailing and lots of white make for a spacious feel, and plenty of small-space solutions make this diminuitive footprint work for three (soon four!) people.

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In the master bedroom, a Murphy bed folds into the wall when not in use. A sliding door between the master bedroom and the living room means that the two spaces can be connected during the day, effectively doubling the size of the living area.

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In the second bedroom, bunkbeds fold into the wall to keep the floor area free for playing — and plenty of built-in storage ensures that there’s room for a crib for a soon-to-be new addition.

To see more photos of this streamlined family home, visit Dwell.

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Re-edited from a post originally published 1.4.15-NT