Light as Air

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The remodel of this small apartment achieves the client's big spatial aspirations.

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  • Create an urban retreat in a 14-foot wide, 364-square-foot row house basement; include a kitchen, powder room, sitting area, and washer/dryer


To deliver the complete agenda requested by the owner of this small apartment, the designers knew they needed to create a clean, minimal design.

Light bamboo flooring and white cabinets help give the space an airy feel. The open kitchen includes sleek cabinets, a built-in refrigerator, and two sinks.

The designers replaced the patio sliding door with a NanaWall system that floods the room with light, making the space feel more expansive and providing a stronger connection to the outdoors.

Judges’ comments

This project’s greatest achievement is that “it doesn’t feel like a basement,” the judges said. The “sleekly designed” space also provides clever storage behind large sliding doors. A set of three 3form acrylic panels slide across to cover the window wells, creating an up-lit, glowing effect. —Nina Patel, senior editor, REMODELING.

Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Grohe

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Duravit

Countertops: Caesarstone

Dishwasher: Miele

Entry doors: NanaWall

Flooring: Plyboo

Hardware: Omnia; Mockett

Kitchen cabinets: Boffi

Kitchen plumbing fittings: Hansgrohe

Lighting fixtures: Sense Lighting

Oven/range: Wolf

Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero