Jennifer Koper’s Real Estate Lust List: A Vancouver Loft
I’m always intrigued by small spaces and the tricks needed to make them function. I also love historic details that are left in their original state, which makes this converted heritage building studio apartment a hot property find.
Built in 1911 for commercial purposes, the property was later converted into apartment units in the mid-‘90s. This particular suite has undergone further renovations in recent years, bringing the finishes up to date. What remains are the wooden beams, ten foot ceilings, and brick walls that give the space a ton of character.
Not only is the space fantastic, the location is amazing. Vancouver consistently makes the top 5 lists of most livable cities worldwide and this unit is located in the heart of it all – a sweet spot between the downtown core and the historical Gastown area. It’s close to shops, cafes and an extra bonus: it’s right down the street from one of H&H’s favorite design stores, Provide Home.
For a small studio apartment the kitchen is a great size, with lots of counter and pantry space. Many small units really skimp on the kitchen area, and generally offer very little storage.
The wood framed windows are large and add to the charm while letting in a lot of natural light.
I also love what the owner has done with the space in terms of furnishing and clever storage solutions; hanging a bicycle in the far niche is the perfect way to save floor space.
I especially love the niches in the brick walls that house storage so stylishly. An open bookcase full of colorful books adds to the texture and relaxed vibe.
Putting large wardrobes along one wall solves storage needs and adds a nice pop of a pretty blue-grey color.
The wallpaper behind the bed distinguishes the sleeping area from the rest of the apartment even though it’s open-concept, and adds a playful element of pattern.
The dining set is a good pick for small spaces too — the fine legs keep the furniture from looking heavy. Lighter furnishings can make any room feel larger and airier.
The cool modern vintage sideboard is similar in color to the brick so it doesn’t add to the busyness of the wall and bookcase, giving a moment of relief. The off-center art adds to the cool and casual space.