Everything in this 450 sq foot condo ended up being replaced: flooring, lighting, cabinets, counters, furniture, plumbing fixtures, murphy bed, paint and tile. It was either dated, didn’t go with the loft theme, or was leaking. Indeed, a good chunk of drywall between the bath and the kitchen ended up being torn out due to mold. The budget we had to work with was tight, but by getting creative, was able to make it work.
The first chore was to remove the huge peninsula blocking the kitchen from the living room. Once that was gone, the rest came easy: move the murphy bed closer to the window, add an L shaped kitchen, find apartment sized appliances that fit the theme, use well appointed, but inexpensive products: laminate counters that mimic stone, stainless steel drop in sink and taller faucet, stainless appliances, a moveable free-standing island, and flooring that doesn’t define the kitchen with a hard line, but rather a curve that invites people into the living room. The cabinet layout became a study in how much volume wasn’t needed, so some open spaces were provided for art, for balance, and for some great baskets. By adding some open book shelves and some curtains to divide the room into sleeping and reading areas versus cooking and entertaining areas, this little condo feel huge and open and inviting. The bath also received an amazing transformation, including a deeper soaking tub, a raised wall behind the vanity and a tile pattern that started behind the vanity and went throughout the wet room for continuity.
Even though there were some challenges, such as using 7 ½ gallons of paint just on the ceiling to freshen up the popcorn look and working within a multi-family building, this condo is a great escape for the owner. “I love sitting in the tub reading with my rock-star can light on and a candle,” the owner said. No wonder this condo won Best Interior Remodel for the Colorado Home Builders Association remodel contest.
what we did
- Take a regular, laminate and oak cabinet studio condo and transform it into a loft while maintaining the mountain feel.
Finished Project: Stunning!