Before & After: A Little Flat in Ukraine Gets a Modern Upgrade

By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Dwell

Local architects optimize the 376-square-foot space to still allow the tiny home to celebrate its remarkable past.

When a young couple yearned to inject new life into their historic apartment known as Little Flat in Lviv, Western Ukraine, they turned to Replus Design Bureau to help bring their vision to life. 

Aside from making the small space look and feel larger, the owners also wanted to keep a number of the home's original details, such as the old brick walls and Austrian parquet floors. Scroll ahead to see how the team successfully transformed the property into a modern-day home.

Before:

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Before: A look at the entrance to the apartment before the renovation.

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Before: A peek at the construction of the new entrance.

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Inside, the old brick walls were kept intact and painted gray in certain sections.

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After:

The entrance to the apartment after the renovation.

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The architects created a lofted sleeping area in order to free up space for the living lounge on the ground floor.

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A closer look at the living lounge below. Per the owners' request, the Austrian parquet floors were kept intact and beautifully restored. 

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The architecture studio custom-made all the storage and shelving systems, ensuring that they would fit snuggly into every corner of the home. 

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To visually expand the space, the architects created a mirrored threshold between the living lounge and the kitchen/dining area. This, along with a "steklobloky" (a post-industrial, Soviet-style glass wall) that stretches up to the ceiling in the bathroom, work together to bring in plenty of natural light.

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A "steklobloky" wall brightens the bathroom.

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San Marco acrysil decora has been used on one side of the bathroom wall.

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An IKEA Soderhamn sectional sits in the living lounge.

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By raising the bed above the main floor, there is now ample space to fit a sectional sofa, as well as discrete, built-in storage along the walls.

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Serving as the heart of the home, the kitchen features a large, extendable island, which helps the couple entertain guests more comfortably when they visit.

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According to Badzyan Khrystyna, one of the studio’s lead architects, "the apartment embodies the rhythm and lifestyle of its owners." 

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A look at the Little Flat Floor-Plan Drawing.

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Here is the Little Flat Floor-Plan Model.

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Project Credits: 

Architecture, construction, and interior design: replus design bureau / @replusdesignbureau

Photography: Maksim Sosnov 

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