Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Work on the flats is well on its way. We’ve started with floor plan changes. That meant knocking down a couple of walls because the room distribution in two of the apartments wasn’t ideal. We’re also taking a bedroom from one apartment and giving it to the one next door.
I’ve been studying design solutions for small spaces for the two studios and the one bedroom, hence the Scandinavian sofa-bed above. It’s a good looking and simpler alternative to the traditional pull out sofa-bed. I’m putting it in the one bedroom so the renter has the possibility of having a guest stay overnight. The colour scheme for the one bedroom is cream and grey. We’ve chosen its kitchen, compact and simple:
The kitchens for the studios are tiny, and the colour scheme for them is white with details in navy blue.
To increase counter-space, instead of a normal height table we’re putting in tapas tables with stools (like I have in my own kitchen.) I chose a version with shelves for additional storage.
So now my questions:
What do you think is important in a small space? I’m not sure about beds in the studios. Basically, we can put in a banquette (a sofa that’s also a single bed). That’s the most attractive option:
Or a normal double bed- but then no sofa at all, or a lit-gigogne which is a single bed that becomes a double bed. What’s the best option and why? If you lived in a small space, what would the important factors be to you? What would you find indispensable? What would make the place easier to live in?