This young family of four got in touch with Pocketspace after recently moving into this new Auckland City apartment block. Coming from a larger family home they needed some assistance with down sizing and adding some much needed storage into their new home. The clients had a lot of existing furniture that they wanted to keep, so we were hired to add some additional pieces that worked with their current scheme.
Storage was the clients main issue which we wanted to address right away. We selected some open shelving for above the couch which was previously a bare wall. We felt that open shelving was a great option for this family as they could keep cookbooks, children's books, photographs and decorative pieces all in one compact space which gives the small apartment a clutter free appearance.
As there is no dining area, selecting a bar stool that was comfortable and could be used by adults and growing children was very important. We went with a white leather as the existing furniture was all quite dark and we wanted something that would lighten the space. The stainless steel bases reflect light and compliment the stainless appliances and bench top in the kitchen. By selecting a stool with an adjustable height, children can sit comfortably when the stool is fully extended, and as they grow the height can be adjusted down.
We added in a rug to soften the hardwood floors and give the children a soft place to play. The mottled pattern is easy maintenance and doesn't show up any crumbs or dirt, perfect for a young family.
The main storage added was the TV unit. This large wall hung unit added plenty of storage and a space to hide away cables and TV consoles. Having a wall hung unit maximises the appearance of space and makes for easy vacuuming beneath. Additionally, we got an electrician to add in a few extra power points, USB and HDMI port as the clients enjoy streaming to their TV frequently and didn't want cables on display.
When living in an apartment, you cant afford to waste any space. In the hallway we added in a shoe storage unit next to the front door. This unit can hold up to 24 pairs of shoes which is a fantastic addition when wardrobe space is limited. Once again, keeping this elevated off the floor makes for easy vacuuming and everyday wear shoes can be conveniently slid underneath.
At the end of the hallway we added in a custom sized mirror that took up the entire wall. We did this to reflect as much light from the floor to ceiling windows at the other end of the home and gave the appearance of a much larger apartment.