By Hebe Hatton
Who doesn't love exploring tiny homes? Seeing what clever hacks and creative ways homeowner's make the most of the limited space can be so inspiring and this modern home is packed full of ideas.
Tucked away down a mews in West London, this narrow house is a lesson in how to maximize space. Despite its small footprint, it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open plan living space, complete with an invisible kitchen so the room can switch from cooking area to lounge area just by sliding the doors.
Open plan living area
The ground floor is completely open plan, and made up of a living room, kitchen and dining area. The furnishings are stylish and minimal, with sleek lines and simple silhouettes so as not to add too much visual bulk to this open and airy space.
The slightly broken symmetrical layout, with the armchairs facing the sofa and coffee table in between, feels very elegant and formal despite being a small living room. But the quirky shapes and pops of colo give the space a more modern edge.
The bespoke statement fireplace is the focal point of the room. The simple, contemporary design suits the minimalist style of the room perfectly and the Calacatta adds a touch of luxury. Above the fireplace is concealed storage where the TV and speaker system is hidden – the first of the many hidden storage pieces that can be found throughout the home.
Behind the living area, a small circular stone dining table with sculptural wooden chairs provides a space to sit and eat away from the more laid-back lounge space.
The invisible kitchen is one more of the ingenious designs that really maximizes the space downstairs. Behind the dark-fumed oak full-height timber paneling is a concealed bespoke kitchen in stainless steel. Bi-fold doors easily slide aside to turn the living room into the kitchen, and when the cooking is done, doors slide back over and the space is back to just being a living room.
A warm oak staircase leads up to the first floor, but of course, it's more than a staircase. This home makes everything work hard and if it can serve another purpose it should. The staircase is actually counterweighted, so it can be lifted and underneath is a roomy storage space, perfect for bikes.
A story was actually added to the top of the house to create a master bedroom in the loft space. Again, furniture is kept very minimal up here too but, as with downstairs, the interesting shapes and accents colors make the room feel fun and contemporary.
Bespoke built-in wardrobes can be found at either end of the bedroom. The design is so sleek and simple that they almost just look like walls, so the room still feels very open and spacious, without the visual clutter of bedside tables, drawers, or dressing tables.
The ensuite shower room has a simple grey and white scheme, and despite the sloping roof feels spacious and light. The herringbone marble tiles add some texture and interest and the brass fittings bring a warmth to the cool color scheme.
In the guest bedroom, fitted wardrobes run along one wall, providing ample bedroom storage but it also hides and drop-down desk, so the room doubles up as a home office.
The main bathroom is light and airy, with the sink unit made from white marble to reflect as much light as possible around the room. The floating toilet and sink create the allusion of more space, as the floor space is kept clear beneath.
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