This interior renovation converted a low-ceilinged and L-shaped basement into a bright live and work studio for a young landscape designer with a penchant for antiques and unique finds.
We maximized the flexibility by using a studio layout instead of an enclosed one bedroom plan. Subtle techniques were used to define uses like creating a small recessed space for the headboard of the bed, or raising a claw foot tub on a platform outside of the washroom. Areas were designed to serve several purposes throughout the day, such as the kitchen island which doubles as a work desk. A new Douglas Fir entry door and sidelight were added to the suite to provide an dedicated entrance and to allow in more natural light.
We incorporated sustainable materials such as organic cotton window treatments and FSC certified plywood floor tiles. However, the primary sustainable principles were “reduce” and “reuse”. The design revolved around the client’s collection of found and collected furnishings and fixtures including an interior window and a claw foot tub. In addition, we refinished the existing casework and countertops instead of replacing them.
The resulting studio space has character and can easily transition between cozy home and professional work space.