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A Tiny Apartment Renovation for a Growing Family in Melbourne


Australian firm Clare Cousins Architects proves urban living and functional family homes are not mutually exclusive.

Just because you start having kids doesn’t mean you have to pack up for the suburbs. For proof, look to this recent apartment renovation in Melbourne’s central business district by Clare Cousins Architects. The firm smartly (and inexpensively) reimagined an 800-square-foot apartment to provide more than enough space for a young couple expecting their first child.

“High-density living achieves numerous social, environmental and economic benefits,” architect Clare Cousins explains.
The new floor plan maximizes social areas and minimizes sleeping spaces through the creation of “micro” bedrooms that...
To increase the illusion of space, the architect raised the ceiling height and installed window treatments that let in...
Carefully chosen furniture and fixtures make every square foot count.
Keeping the white walls mostly bare also helped the apartment feel less cramped.
Whimsical salmon accents play favorably against the pine floors and plywood joinery.
The kitchen features oyster gray Laminex countertops, an Astra Walker brass-plated sink, and a Miele oven.
The full-height cabinets offer plenty of nooks and crannies where household goods can be hidden away.
The bathroom was creatively composed using inexpensive Quarella Calacatta floor tiles, a Villery & Boch wall-mounted...
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