Architectural designer Claudia Bader of Creative Union discusses how she transformed an unfinished basement into a cool, industrial-style small apartment. Get ideas on how to make a small space look larger with multi-functional rooms and secret storage spots.

Claudia lowered the ground by two feet to add extra height to the basement, and enlarged the windows to let in more natural light. A spacious living-and-dining room centers this basement apartment, while a walk-in closet, powder room and bedroom are neatly tucked away. A bench surrounds the perimeter of the living area for extra seating, a giant table acts as the main hub to socialize, and an elevated built-in bed carries storage space underneath. Reclaimed pieces are used throughout to offer character to the space.