Hot Idea: Boiler Room Turned Smart Small Apartment

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As modern utilities grow more compact and efficient, we don’t exactly need boiler rooms and other small utility spaces in our residences anymore, leaving these often awkwardly-shaped structures without a defined purpose. Over the decades, most of them have been swallowed up into larger residential layouts during renovations, but sometimes they’re simply modified in a way that preserves their historic integrity.

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This brick boiler room has lots of character, and it would have been a shame to see it torn down. Instead, the owners commissioned architect Christi Azevedo to transform it into a self-contained guest apartment attached to the larger original structure.

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A scant 93 square feet, the space seems too small at first glance to be comfortable as anything more than a tiny bedroom. But extending the space vertically made it possible to not only fit in a galley kitchen, but also a bathroom with a tub, a living room and a lofted bedroom with a cool glass landing that looks down upon the space below.

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A built-in walnut wardrobe and drawers provides storage space, while the transparent landing brings sun rays from a skylight down to the ground floor. A ship ladder eliminates the need for space-hogging stairs. The end result is certainly compact and cozy, but it avoids feeling claustrophobic, and smooth white surfaces complement the aging textures of the brick and wooden beams.

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