Houzz at a Glance
Location: Moscow, Russia
Year of Renovation: 2016
Size: About 377 square feet(35 square metres)
Who lives here: Nemati and his wife
Designer: Alireza Nemati, Studio Bazi
Like most apartments in new buildings in Russia, this space looked like a concrete box before it was renovated, with a wall separating the kitchen from the living room, and two windows. Its square shape made it difficult to divide it into separate zones, and the interior wall sliced the apartment in half. Therefore, the owners decided to get rid of it “to create a more open space, full of light,” Nemati says.
To create a sense of breadth and a clean look, he chose finishings in white and wood tones. The walls and ceilings were painted with white latex paint, and a highly water-resistant class 33 laminate (that is, laminate suitable for use in commercial areas with heavy traffic) was used for the flooring – it is common practice in Russia to use heavy-duty flooring in entrance areas and living rooms.
“The height of the staircase allows a person to stand up straight, and it has built-in drawers for storage,” the designer says.
The upper cupboards next to the sleeping box (see previous photo) form a shelf where they meet the sleeping area, as can be seen here.
Since the bedroom is located well above the main level, the entire apartment and both windows are clearly visible from inside.
A small area between the kitchen unit and the window is used as a workspace. Open shelves allow books and documents to be stored without cluttering up the room.
However, he managed to not only put in a full bathtub with all the necessary plumbing but also hide the washing machine behind the plain facades of the vanity.
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