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Jean-Bernard Pommier and Sofia Philharmonic with Svetlin Rusev and Atanas Krastev

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When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: Go broke buying a bigger apartment, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home. In the apartment’s new incarnation, the main living area is a family room that morphs—after the boys go to sleep in the back bedroom—into the parents’ lair. As Krastev puts it, “During the day it’s a one-bedroom apartment, at night, a studio.” Photo by David Allee.

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When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: Go broke buying a bigger apartment, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home.

When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: go broke buying a bigger apartment, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home. A series of floor-to-ceiling cabinets that meld into the white room eliminate all signs of clutter, while the youngest resident learns about organizing. Seldom-needed stuff (luggage, winter clothes) is stashed in the higher cabinets. “Believe it or not, we have empty cabinets,” says Nikolova. “There’s space for everything.”…

When space is tight, designers often eke out additional (hidden) square footage by going deep—into the walls and furnishings themselves. ...

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All Together Now

On the opposite side of the hallway, the storage wall bumps out to accommodate the television and entertainment systems and gains some hidden extra space from the former lot-line window niches.

All Together Now

When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova renovated the architects, Ferda Kolatan and Erich Schoenenberger of su11 architecture + design, installed a laminate storage wall that stretches and curves from the entranceway all the way to the boys’ room. The floor-to-ceiling cabinets contain almost all the family’s possessions, from clothing and shoes to books and bedding. http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/all-together-now

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All Together Now

For now, Kimi, age six, and Darin, age two and a half, happily share a room and bunk bed. Kimi’s clothes are stored on low shelves in the built-in closet, so he can dress himself, and the children’s toys are stored within easy reach in open drawers. Photo by David Allee.