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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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis kitchen is actually a cube that separates the living space and the bathroom.
When William Charnock moved into a small two-bedroom apartment in his favorite neighborhood, it was "just bearable." Instead of trying to squeeze everything into 800 square feet, Charnock and his designer Pia Richter decided to keep it simple. They took down all the existing walls and used innovative, beautiful design to create a space that seamlessly accommodates all of Charnock’s needs.

Charnock nicknamed his apartment the "iPad" because everything in the design is white and metal. The kitchen is a cube that separates the living space from the bathroom. The cutout above is an interior window that allows one to see beyond the kitchen into the space behind, increasing the sense of depth in the apartment. Charnock loves to cook and have dinner parties. The kitchen was enlarged and moved closer to the dining room so he can cook and still feel like part of the action. The kitchen itself is furnished with a double oven, ample cabinets and two oversize drawers beneath the stove that hold all the necessary cooking utensils and pots and pans.

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