Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2018

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MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2017 | GOLD RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR LESS THAN $100,000 REMODELER INFORMATION Lark Architecture Chicago larkarchitecture.com PROJECT INFORMATION Project name: Logan Square Tiny Condo Project location: Chicago Square footage: 350 Project cost: $20,000 PRODUCT INFORMATION Tile: Bellavita Moulding and trim: Lattice baseboards & casing Lighting: Barn Light Electric; West Elm; Schoolhouse Electric HVAC: Cadet wall heaters; Panasonic ductless mini-split air conditioner KITCHEN Cabinetry: Ikea Akurum cabinets Countertop: Staron Sink: MRDirect 90-degree stainless single- bowl sink Faucet: Grohe Concetto single-handle kitchen faucet Range: GE Appliances 24-in. gas range Refrigerator/freezer: Summit 24-in. refrigerator/freezer Dishwasher: Danby 18-in. dishwasher Washer/dryer: LG compact all-in-one washer/dryer combo Garbage disposal: Insinkerator Badger BATH Cabinetry: Ikea Godmorgon vanity cabinet Toilet: Whitehaus dual-flush elongated toilet Shower: American Standard showerhead; Grohe shower trim Sink: Ikea Odensvik ceramic sink top Sink faucet: CAE single-handle lav faucet Bath accessories: Delta Faucet Trinsic Collection A continuation of the storage wall, the kitchen has spatial limitations, so compact appliances help provide full functionality. In consideration of the condo's future as a rental property, a bright white and gray color palette appears throughout. A floor-to-ceiling wall of tesselated stock cabinetry provides ample storage while its high-gloss white finish reflects light around the space. STORAGE, FUNCTIONALITY, PRIVACY e renovation of the condo posed a number of unique challenges. Limited square footage, an 8-foot ceiling height, and two separate exterior doors meant we would need to get creative to make it work. We needed the space to be highly functional, both for ourselves as work-at- home professionals (with our three dogs) and for future rental occupants. As it was to be only our temporary residence, we also needed to be very cost-conscious to protect our investment and ensure marketability in the long term. e primary strategic goals for the design were to maximize storage, improve functionality and introduce much-needed privacy to the one-room space. To start, the entire west wall was built out with a tes- sellated arrangement of inexpensive stock cabinetry. is wall of cabinetry provided the immediate benefit of ample storage while sacrificing less than 18 inches in overall unit width. e high-gloss white finish selected for the cabinets reflects light around the space, is low maintenance and easy to keep clean. e storage wall design includes open, lighted cubbies, created to allow flexibility in the composi- tion of stock cabinetry in order to fill the space from floor to ceiling. One large "cubby" was built around the mostly unused exterior door leading to the other condo units in the building, with deep steps to accommodate dog beds. e kitchen was designed as an extension of the storage wall. e extreme spatial limitations meant that stan- dard-size appliances would not be an option, so efficient and well-designed compact units were selected from vari- ous manufacturers to provide full function in an otherwise diminutive kitchen. BEFORE QualifiedRemodeler.com QR May 2018 31

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