BEFORE and AFTER – This 1970s Art Studio Was Transformed Into A Bright And Open Small Home

This small building that was once a garage and then an artist studio, has been transformed into a small house with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and lofted work area. #SmallHouse #InteriorDesign #ModernInterior

 

After photo by David Foessel

Atelier Wilda were asked by their client to transform a small building in Paris into modern rental accommodation.

 

The original 538 square foot (50m2) building was built in the 1950s and was used as a garage, and then in the 1970s, it was transformed into a art studio and workshop for painter Pierre Lemaire and his son Claude Lemaire, an architect. The studio had an open space to work, but also a little kitchen, a place to sleep and a bathroom.

BEFORE PIC - This small building that was once a garage and then an artist studio, has been transformed into a small house with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and lofted work area. #SmallHouse


In 2014, the studio was inherited by Claude’s daughter, Christine, and she has been using it as a Parisian base for visiting friends and family. Here’s a look at the studio in 2014.


This small building that was once a garage and then an artist studio, has been transformed into a small house with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and lofted work area. #BeforePhoto #SmallHouse


In 2017, Christine reached out to family friend Willy Durieu of architecture firm Atelier Wilda, and asked him to transform the studio into a rental property.


This small building that was once a garage and then an artist studio, has been transformed into a small house with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and lofted work area. #SmallHouse

Photography by David Foessel

The transformation of the property included adding windows and creating a bright interior with a minimalist aesthetic. At one end of the open plan living area is a simple non-furnished area with a built-in storage unit that almost blends into the wall.


Built-in cabinets almost blend into the white walls of this small house interior. #Storage #Cabinets

Photography by David Foessel

The kitchen runs along the windows and follows the shape of the room. White and light wood cabinets are consistent with the over color palette of the interior.


This modern kitchen runs along the windows and follows the shape of the room. White and light wood cabinets are consistent with the over color palette of the interior. #ModernKitchen #WoodAndWhiteKitchen

Photography by David Foessel

Next to the kitchen is a door that leads into the bedroom. A vertical window provides a view into the kitchen, while below the window, there’s storage that neatly fits into the corner.


 A vertical window provides a view into the kitchen from the bedroom, while below the window, there's storage that neatly fits into the corner. #Storage #Window

Photography by David Foessel

Also in the bedroom is a wood closet and storage unit with drawers.


This bedroom has a wood closet and drawers that provide some storage. #Closet #Drawers

Photography by David Foessel

Off to the side of the bedroom is the bathroom. The small space has a glass enclosed shower with dark tiles, and a small partition wall separating the vanity area from the toilet.


This small bathroom has a glass enclosed shower with dark tiles, and a small partition wall separating the vanity area from the toilet. #SmallBathroom #BathroomDesign

Photography by David Foessel

Back in the main living area, and there’s a set of narrow stairs with open shelving that lead up to a lofted area.


A set of narrow stairs with open shelving lead up to a lofted area in this small home. #ModernStairs #StairDesign #NarrowStairs

Photography by David Foessel

The lofted area is home to a small enclosed work area with skylights to keep the space bright, a fold-out desk and a space large enough to sleep two people.


This small and modern loft is home to an enclosed work area with a fold-out desk, storage and a bed large enough for two people. #Loft #BedroomLoft #HomeOffice

Photography by David Foessel | Contractor : ProARt

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