Houzz Tour: A Fresh, Sunny Renovation of a Gloomy Flat
Before and after photos show how this small, damp, unsafe maisonette was turned into a bright, cosy home
In the end, he chose a flat on the ground floor of a maisonette at the back of a courtyard on Rue Sainte-Marthe, an artsy district in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, which has kept much of its bohemian charm. The architect, Pierre Savajol of PS Studio, confirmed that this flat had a lot of potential if it were to get a major renovation, so the owner entrusted him with the project.
Who lives here? A 28-year-old man
Location Rue Sainte-Marthe, 10th arrondissement, Paris, France
Size 27 sq m
Project date Consultations in September and October 2021 and renovation from November 2021 to late January 2022
Architect Pierre Savajol of PS Studio
General contractor/carpentry Hellys
Budget €45,000 (approx £39,500) including VAT and furniture
Photos by Quentin Delépine
Having discussed his estimate for potential renovations, Pierre encouraged the homeowner to purchase the property at a fair price and launch into the large-scale renovation.
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The screed and walls in the bathroom had to be treated, as most of the moisture problems were related to rising damp from the maisonette’s mini crawl space.
“We got an unpleasant surprise when we removed the panelling on the ceiling,” he continues. “The top panelling was a real mess. There were even some holes through which we could see the neighbours’ home, including their washing machine just above. The ceiling was on the verge of collapsing.”
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The galvanised pipe overhead matches the double-flow ventilator they installed. “The pipe was already there, but wasn’t very functional,” Pierre says. “I insisted on keeping it, as it adds a welcoming industrial touch to this old, workshop-style building.”
The new fan motor was installed next to the water tank in the cleaning cupboard to the right of the toilet. “The double-flow ventilator continuously measures the humidity in the living area and bathroom, extracting humid air non-stop to keep the air clean and prevent damp from accumulating further,” Pierre says.
A large multifunctional joinery column was the perfect space-saving solution. “As far as I’m concerned, this is where the real cleverness of the project lies,” Pierre says.
The side facing the living room houses the owner’s books.
The cut-off corner on the ceiling did not cause any problems. “It’s still 2.4m high despite the platform and false ceiling,” he says.
Pierre believes in making architecture more accessible while maintaining its decorative emphasis, and this was a challenge he took very seriously with this project.
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