Mini Living Spaces
You really can do more than expected with limited square footage. Inventive solutions to the familiar problems of condensed living abound in these featured homes.
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The main feature of the empty loft-like shell is what Neil Kaye calls the "Service Area." All of the functional service components are compressed to create a linear bar across one side of the space, including the fireplace, kitchen, two closets and a three-room bathroom: one with sink and shower, another with toilet and sink, and a room with only a tub that Loren Kaye calls her "private spa."
The living space is minimalist and modern with classic 1950s furnishings and clean, sleek lines. When you have a design based on square geometry, offset those elements with rounded edges. The oblong table in the center of the living area and the textured rug warms up the look of the space and softens some of the hard edges. Across from the kitchen, sliding glass doors open onto a courtyard. Finding outdoor space in the landlocked buildings of San Francisco is rare, so they created a space between the buildings that is open to the sky above for a private outdoor area to take in fresh air and sunlight.