This blog is for Filipinos who love their homes. Our homes today are smaller than in the past but it doesn't mean we can't make it beautiful. We have information about Small Space Design and Furniture; Green Home Ideas; DIY Home Ideas; Home Makeovers; and, a Guide to Purchasing Property.
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To Own: If you have a small lot area, these techniques can create a feeling of
space and grandeur!
Mark Egerstrom and Brian Grosdidier bought their 600-square-foot cottage on a
tiny West Hollywood lot, years of neglect had stripped away all its original
1920s charm. “There
were aluminum windows, torn-off siding … there was literally a crack pipe in
the closet,” says Mark, an interior architect. “But it was an amazing
location”—near the Pacific Design Center—“and a great deal.” Mark, who oversaw
the two-year remodel, opened up the formerly choppy floor plan, adding glass
walls, a loft room, and a roof deck “backyard” on top of it all. With its
square footage doubled to a still-modest 1,200 square feet, the two-bedroom
house now feels more like a hunting lodge than a cottage, thanks to the warm
wood-and-neutrals palette and a few design tricks Mark had up his sleeve.
walls seem to bring the plants into the room itself. It’s a twist on the usual
L.A. take on outdoor living: sliding doors opening onto patios. “We’re tricking
the eye into feeling there’s more space than there is,” says Mark.
the wall: A bright, geometric painting by Brian anchors the part of
the great room that serves as the dining room. In a house this small, it gets
plenty of use: Mark and Brian eat at the table nearly every night.
the ceiling: Recessed light boxes create the illusion of skylights.
the floor: Despite their dark color, a glass-topped table and spidery
chairs keep the space light and air
in three dimensions
the living room, the ebony-stained cedar fireplace wall rises 20 feet to the
ceiling. This view is looking down from Mark’s loft office.
your light wells
door in the far shower wall leads to a small patio bounded by the wooden fence
that surrounds the property. In addition to letting lots of natural light into
the bathroom, the space is a great place to bathe Mark and Brian’s dogs, Roxy
your outdoor space upstairs
got a backyard—it’s just on the roof,” says Mark. “It feels like a treehouse up
there above it all.”