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Paris Architect Turns Dingy Apartment into Gorgeous Minimalist Space


Architect Matthieu Torres and his partner were looking for an affordable place to live in Paris, but all they could find was a dingy, dated apartment. Yet, they saw the potential!

They removed the walls and drop ceiling, added skylights and a bathroom, and created a spacious kitchen where they could cook together. His girlfriend’s family worktable has become a perfect spot for entertaining.

Enjoy the video tour and stunning before and after below!

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Affordable Renovation of 344sqft Paris Apartment

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This is what the couple was starting with.

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The space was oddly cut up by walls.

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And the ceilings were low with few windows.

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By taking out the ceiling, they added vertical square footage.

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Leaving the exposed beams added lots of character.

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French pine plywood was used for all the cabinets.

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The plywood blocks the bedroom from view during the day.

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They went with all-white tiles in the bathroom.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Mary L McGuirk
    October 1, 2021, 12:04 am

    Is the refrigerator a a tiny one? Believe it or not, that and the ladder are my only concerns… Lovely use of plywood and space. Have you seen the iron on wood tape for the edges?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 1, 2021, 6:33 am

      Yes it’s tucked under the counter and is hidden behind a door, along with a washer/dryer. And no I have not! How cool is that?

    • Eric
      October 1, 2021, 3:16 pm

      In France especially, and other European countries, it is common for people to shop daily for their food. So that negates the need for a large fridge. Unlike America, Australia, New Zealand et al.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        October 3, 2021, 6:04 am

        Yes, so true. It was that way when I lived in the UK, but I never quite got used to it. I don’t enjoy grocery shopping enough to do it every day or two.

        • Eric
          October 3, 2021, 5:26 pm

          I don’t mind grocery shopping by myself. With my wife however its a nightmare. She wanders around higgledy piggeldy and we spend on average 1 1/2 to 2 hours there. If I’m doing it myself I can do it in 15 to 20 minutes. How much do I miss on the shop? 3 maybe 4 items. Quite frequently non. My wife however misses 10 to 20 items roughly per shop.

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 1, 2021, 10:27 pm

    Really clever. . .and beautiful.

  • LargeMarge
    October 2, 2021, 2:21 am

    I was immediately drawn to the blank wall!
    A sweet gentle place to ‘rest’ my eye, an opportunity to spiritually reflect on the other influences.
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    I think this’s a very nice balance of interesting and quiet.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 3, 2021, 5:58 am

      Sometimes white space is a must! My husband keeps wondering when I’m going to put some art up on a few walls, and I keep resisting haha!

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