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Studio Apartment Renovation by PorterFanna Architecture

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This New York apartment studio has been renovated for the needs of parents and a small child. The ceilings inside are about 12′ 6″ high which provided enough space to have a sleeping loft and second level storage in some areas.

The first level has a living room, dining area, plenty of closets, a full bathroom, kitchen, home entertainment center, small library, play area, baby’s room, and steps towards the sleeping loft and upper level storage areas.

The bed loft is above and between the dining and kitchen areas. Upper level storage is over the bathroom and kitchen.

And the child’s crib is perfectly nestled in what could otherwise be a walk in closet or little office.

Throughout the house you’ll find multifunctional furniture, beautiful flooring (stained concrete), and lots of book shelves.

Surprisingly, the bed loft has quite a bit of headroom. There’s an interesting deck area inside the house that’s 36″ high which is utilized as an entertainment center, storage, playroom, and library.

Everything in this home has its purpose and place. Some of the built in furniture reveals a pull out ironing board, hidden storage for toys under the deck, and so much more. PorterFanna did a marvelous job with this apartment studio.

The building where the apartment is located originally was St. John’s University Law School and was converted to residential housing in 1981. It used to also be known as the Tower in the Heights as an early 20th century building in Brooklyn, New York.

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Photos and NY Studio Apartment Renovation thanks to PorterFanna Architecture

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  • Davidrc
    August 24, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Loved the '60's or '70's molded fiberglass chair retro-fitted as a rocker. I suppose we could say a tad bit of recycling went into this too.

  • Davidrc
    August 24, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Oops! Almost missed the chalkboard paint job in the kitchen.

    • tinyhousetalk
      August 24, 2010, 3:10 pm

      Yes—and no, I still haven't played with the chalkboard paint YET! But these photos have been really inspiring Andrea to start remodeling bits of our little apartment…. lol

  • Davidrc
    August 24, 2010, 3:35 pm

    Some good skull sweat went into that apartment design, along with some thrift shop perusal and purchases. I've saved these photos to the appropriate file for further perusal as there are a LOT of good ideas in here for good small space storage and multipurposing, just need the time for really looking at them, room by room.

    I'd also noted the caboose trailer in your face book version of “Talk”, loved it but haven't figured out how to leave a comment yet. I'd run across the outfit that has the full size replica kits about a year ago but this guy did a great small scale job of on his own. Pity Wacko ( I mean Waco) is so far from here, I'd love to go there to take a closer look at it.

    • tinyhousetalk
      August 25, 2010, 5:49 pm

      Hey David you've just got to get a Facebook account to leave comments and follow us on there. You'll find lots of the other bloggers on there as well.

      • Davidrc
        August 26, 2010, 12:59 pm

        Hah, a lot you know. I've had one for a couple of months now, I'd had to start it in order to continue following a string that petered out on me eventually. It's come in handy a time or two since then. It's still rock bottom basic but, thus far anyway, it's been too useful to end it. For now. And I did log in before attempting to comment and the comment section disappeared. Since I was then at a point where I was considering holding a gun to my CPU, it was time to back out and rethink. The afore-mentioned tactic has worked well for me in the past but, since this was a web issue, I thought it would be counter productive this time. Oh well.

  • Steve H.
    August 24, 2010, 5:55 pm

    love the clean look–very nice to see how a tiny house lifestyle can accommodate a family.

    A thought/concern–hand rail for the steps to the bed/loft?

    Love the Peonies, too.

    • tinyhousetalk
      August 25, 2010, 5:51 pm

      Hand rail is a good idea… I guess they are confident with their climbing skills lol

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