Before & After: This Former Garage Is Now a Functional, Colorful Flat With Bubbly Built-Ins

A colorful conversion adds storage and brightens this petite first-floor French flat.

The owners of this cozy two-bedroom apartment in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine knew exactly which elements of their home were in need of updating—because they had rented the unit prior to purchasing it. Now, as homeowners, they had a laundry list of "all the defects" to be remedied. Once a garage, the first floor flat had been converted into an apartment before they had originally moved in, and the tight 807-square-foot floor plan was missing several crucial elements of a livable home as a result. There was only one bathroom and the second bedroom was very small—just 75 square feet—in addition, the living space lacked natural light, and there wasn't any built-in storage space. 

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Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Dwell Contributor
Jennifer Baum Lagdameo is a freelance design writer who has lived in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Tokyo, Manila, and is currently exploring the Pacific Northwest from her home base in Portland, Oregon.


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