YourHome.ca, Best Laid Plans by Donna Jean MacKinnon, June, 2008
Pauline, a downsizer, does not want her new 754-square-foot condominium to look cold. So she plans to start with a “clean slate.”
Space in this elongated suite (13-feet wide) is so tight, interior designer Sharyn Kastelic recommends starting with a few structural changes. Another problem is not enough closet space for two adults to hang clothes, never mind stash sports equipment, luggage, household products and linens.
Kastelic advises Pauline to construct one closet from the two useless ones opposite the laundry, and have it open into the corridor.
“This will create some decent storage and provide a wall for a console table, for keys and mail. Adding a mirror above will bring in some light,” Kastelic says.
She would treat the corridor as an art gallery and hang a collection of exciting pieces from the bathroom door to the pantry and then install track lighting above.
Pauline writes she has chosen a dark wooden floor throughout. Kastelic suggests laying light stone or tile in the foyer and the bathroom, to delineate the entrance and break up the bowling alley from the front door to back windows.
Pauline had best forget a den and use that area to make a bedroom closet. This involves moving the bedroom wall two feet into the den designation and building a closet the full length of the wall.
These initiatives leave Pauline with space to extend the kitchen counter one foot beyond the stove-top. If the (three-foot by six-foot) island doesn’t have an overhang wide enough for dining chairs on the right side and ends, Kastelic urges Pauline to extend the island top, as this is the only place she has for dining. (The chairs are a necessity for extra living room seating.)
Note: The Furniture Layout Plan on the right was not included with the original article.