Earlier this week, I revealed the upstairs floor of our San Francisco apartment remodel, including two of my favorite rooms - our master bedroom and bathroom. In this post you'll find the downstairs floor, including our new open plan kitchen/living/dining space.
Downstairs - Before
Downstairs - After
When you see the before photos of this space it's hard to imagine a light and airy open plan family home, but we did it. Let there be light!
THE Stairs Going Down
Open Plan Living / Kitchen / Dining
Opening up the South wall of the building with huge windows and French doors totally transformed the space. On top of this, we created space for another 7 windows, to allow light to reach every corner of the apartment.
We managed to create the space for this powder room under the stairs.
Downstairs Guest Bedroom
Our families and friends are spread all over the world, so we're always excited to have visitors come and stay. These guest bedrooms get lots of use :-)
We were going to end up with more space than we needed, and we wanted the apartment to be versatile, so we decided to use around 400 sqft of the downstairs for a self contained studio apartment with an independent entrance. We could imagine lots of different ways to use the studio - it would make a great in-law unit, au pair unit, office space, short-term rental, playroom, or we could simply keep it as an extension of the main apartment for when family and friends come to stay.
I may not have lived in Sydney for many years, but I feel as Australian as ever. For most of us Aussies, being outside in the sunshine with a drink in hand, while cooking a BBQ for a group of friends, is one of life's true pleasures. Needless to say, this yard (complete with palm trees!) represents my kind of heaven.