An Archaeological Renovation Adds Precious Space to a Tiny Boston Apartment

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By Luke Hopping / Published by Dwell
In Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, where space is tight and the cost of a home averages close to $1,000 per square foot, architect Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop dug up some room for a minuscule apartment.

See what he was able to do with a little excavation.

An Archaeological Renovation Adds Precious Space to a Tiny Boston Apartment - Photo 1 of 5 - Architects who practice in dense cities know its almost impossible to add square footage to an apartment. Yet at a garden-level residence in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop was able to unearth 70 square feet of living space through a little excavation.

Architects who practice in dense cities know its almost impossible to add square footage to an apartment. Yet at a garden-level residence in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop was able to unearth 70 square feet of living space through a little excavation.

An Archaeological Renovation Adds Precious Space to a Tiny Boston Apartment - Photo 2 of 5 - At 525 square feet, the expanded apartment is still quite petite, so integrating solutions for managing clutter was essential. By relocating the kitchen, Greenawalt freed space for storage in the bedroom.

At 525 square feet, the expanded apartment is still quite petite, so integrating solutions for managing clutter was essential. By relocating the kitchen, Greenawalt freed space for storage in the bedroom.

An Archaeological Renovation Adds Precious Space to a Tiny Boston Apartment - Photo 3 of 5 - The renovation revealed a 30-foot-deep well beneath the bedroom, which the team half-jokingly considered turning into a fish tank. Instead, they opted for a simple bedroom with plenty of built-in storage.

The renovation revealed a 30-foot-deep well beneath the bedroom, which the team half-jokingly considered turning into a fish tank. Instead, they opted for a simple bedroom with plenty of built-in storage.

An Archaeological Renovation Adds Precious Space to a Tiny Boston Apartment - Photo 4 of 5 - Along with historic wood and steel details, several warm brick walls were exhumed and left exposed.

Along with historic wood and steel details, several warm brick walls were exhumed and left exposed.

An Archaeological Renovation Adds Precious Space to a Tiny Boston Apartment - Photo 5 of 5 - The historic apartment has been updated throughout with white paint and minimalist accents, adapting its rustic character to the 21st century.

The historic apartment has been updated throughout with white paint and minimalist accents, adapting its rustic character to the 21st century.