Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City

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May 13, 2009

Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation.

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  In the living room, a sizable table disappears into vertical space to make room for parties or playtime with the kids.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    In the living room, a sizable table disappears into vertical space to make room for parties or playtime with the kids.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  When it’s time to eat or do homework, the adults lower the tabletop, revealing a dozen book cubbies.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    When it’s time to eat or do homework, the adults lower the tabletop, revealing a dozen book cubbies.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  The table’s base, which itself is an additional storage container, rolls easily into place to support the surface.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    The table’s base, which itself is an additional storage container, rolls easily into place to support the surface.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Having a home office in an apartment of this size might seem impossible, but flexible furniture transforms one room into two.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Having a home office in an apartment of this size might seem impossible, but flexible furniture transforms one room into two.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  All it takes is gentle downward pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    All it takes is gentle downward pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  In this tightly spaced apartment in New York, noroof Architects designed a multifunctional piece of furniture for the kid's room. All it takes is a little gentle pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    In this tightly spaced apartment in New York, noroof Architects designed a multifunctional piece of furniture for the kid's room. All it takes is a little gentle pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  From the living room, the narrow apartment stretches back into the sleeping quarters by way of a compact kitchen that packs all the needs of a home chef against one wall.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    From the living room, the narrow apartment stretches back into the sleeping quarters by way of a compact kitchen that packs all the needs of a home chef against one wall.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  The bed takes up nearly the entire master bedroom, but it doesn’t make the space feel cramped. The wide window keeps the tiny box light.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    The bed takes up nearly the entire master bedroom, but it doesn’t make the space feel cramped. The wide window keeps the tiny box light.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  The exposed original brick is one of the few reminders of the apartment’s old bones.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    The exposed original brick is one of the few reminders of the apartment’s old bones.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Although the apartment’s only windows are on the far ends of the space, skylights keep things bright. Recessed lighting along the brick wall supplements the daylight.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Although the apartment’s only windows are on the far ends of the space, skylights keep things bright. Recessed lighting along the brick wall supplements the daylight.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  In the kitchen, colorful cookware accents white surfaces.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    In the kitchen, colorful cookware accents white surfaces.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  A skylight in the compact bathroom opens the space, and green tiles give the room a spa-like feel.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    A skylight in the compact bathroom opens the space, and green tiles give the room a spa-like feel.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  The sliding pantry cabinet doubles as a room divider when fully extended, separating the kitchen from the bedrooms.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    The sliding pantry cabinet doubles as a room divider when fully extended, separating the kitchen from the bedrooms.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Storage under the bed and floor hides clutter in the master bedroom.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    Storage under the bed and floor hides clutter in the master bedroom.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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