Houzz Tour: Clever Use of Space in a Tiny City Flat
Smart space planning squeezed two shower rooms and a utility space into this compact apartment
Some smart thinking allowed architect Eva Byrne to not only include the shower rooms for her clients, but also incorporate a utility area.
Who lives here? An Irish couple who live in the countryside part of the time and a relative who lives here full-time
Property A 1970s flat
Size Two bedrooms and two bathrooms
Architect Eva Byrne of Houseology
Photos by Philip Lauterbach
The original living space in this Dublin flat was quite dark, consisting of a separate kitchen and living room. Eva removed the division between the rooms to create an open-plan kitchen-diner and living space.
Docksta dining table, Ikea. DSR Side chairs, ZINZAN.
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“We chose integrated appliances, as they’re easy on the eye in an open-plan space,” Eva says. “The green glass tiles are reflective and warm, and give some depth to the white kitchen.”
The circular table can accommodate four people and is light enough to be moved around the room. “The single leg is very important in a small space,” Eva says, “as it allows people to sit comfortably around the surface.”
TV unit and coffee table, Ikea.
The simple translucent blind rolls up neatly to let in maximum light from the south-facing window.
Sofa, The Sofa Factory. Rug, Ferm Living.
A wall mirror sits above a small shelf and a row of hooks. “Positioning the coat hooks at a lower height is less cluttered than if they’re at eye level,” Eva explains. “They’re hung 1.2m above the floor, as none of our coats are any longer than that.”
A neat picture shelf above the radiator provides a handy surface and doesn’t block the heat.
Rug, Next Interiors.
Componibile bedside tables, Kartell. Duvet cover, TK Maxx. Cushions, Ikea, Throw, Ferm Living. Sheep hot water bottles, Dunnes Home.
Eva also moved the main bedroom door right up to the corner (see floorplan), which allowed her to widen the fitted wardrobe slightly and created more space in the hallway for a utility cupboard.
A shower slots into a recess on the right, while a compact toilet, small basin, and towel radiator are tucked into the area straight ahead.
“Wall hooks are key in a space like this,” Eva says. “In here, there are hooks everywhere – in the shower, on the wall by the basin and on the back of the door.”
The neat basin features a soap dish and a practical tray where the owners can keep toiletries handy.
“I prefer to tile only halfway up in a bathroom, as it’s nice acoustically to have some plaster,” Eva says.
Duvet cover, TK Maxx, Throw, Ikea.
Once again, hooks provide essential storage. “I’ve been in larger bathrooms that feel quite cramped,” she says, “whereas this room feels spacious, as there’s somewhere to put everything.”
Eva also installed a hanging rail 1m higher than the surface, which is enough room for most garments.
Hooks on the back of the door and on the adjacent wall provide extra storage.
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