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Old 07-27-2013, 07:18 AM   #16
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FWIW, this is for us to use as a seasonal home once we retire. No in-laws will be living in it (I hope lol). We are thinking about renting our primary home and living full time in the apartment while DD is in college, so basically taking two years to complete the process and then live there full time for four years and then hopefully just six months/year during the warmer months. As for mobility for us and stair use in the future, the design is to build the garage into a slopeside so only 4-5 steps into the apartment.

I like the idea of bright/white use, higher ceilings and floor-ceiling windows ~ would french doors be included? We can't switch to a stackable, my husband is an auto tech and is pretty big so right now he has his own extra large/duty washer and dryer in our basement and I use the stackables in the master bath He wouldn't be able to fit two work outfits in there lol. Same goes with the king bed, but I would prefer a queen so I think maybe I'll start with that small change and he can adapt

When I originally started planning/thinking, I wrote down our living "habits"; ie., how often do we use that dining table vs sitting at the bar or in front of the television? Turns out not very often at all and probably even less once DD is off to school. How much space do we really use in the living room? Really not much, we have two loveseats that face each other with a coffee table between them and a big screen television to the side. Other than that, its all eye candy and not really functional.

Keep the ideas coming, I love them. And I love the link to that apartment
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:22 AM   #17
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HGTV (I think) used to have a show about living in small spaces. Maybe you could find some of the episodes on-line and watch them for ideas.

Last night on "you live in what?" there was a woman who lived in a caboose. I believe it was less than 400 sq and she used every inch. It was really interesting to see how she fit everything in there.
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #18
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What about keeping the main living open? There are quite a few converted factories into loft type apartments in my area and with everything being open, there seems to be more versatility in what one can do with the space. You could use furniture and things like room dividers to make the space work for you and change as your needs change.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:19 AM   #19
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Don't forget to plan for a space for your DD to stay when she is home from college if that is your plan.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:24 AM   #20
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We are going to finish one half of the garage space into a large bonus room with full bath and Murphy bed. When she is home summers and the holidays, it will be her space, when she is not it will be my husband's music studio. That's another reason it is necessary to have interior stairs from the garage to the apt.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:12 PM   #22
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Friends of ours remodeled their basement into an inlaw apt. What I love about what they did was they put the kitchen against one wall. In front of it they put a VERY long counter/island with a sink and dishwasher in it. But it is then raised on the one side which looks out into the family room/dining area with barstools on the other side. Tons of work space and the mess is hidden from the other side.

It is great if you have guests over. Tons of counter space and four barstools on the other side with a table for six beyond. Off to the right they set up a small living room which is also open to the kitchen. And the room isn't big, it just feels it with the way it is laid out.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:17 PM   #23
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These types of table are some space savers to think about.

This has to be the thinnest fold up table. So the whole thing can slid out of the way. Yet be brought out when you need extra table space for eating when DD is home. Or one of the leaves can be left up all the time and the other side raised as needed. I think I saw one like this at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

http://uhurufurniture.blogspot.com/2...-table-95.html

This one at Ikea stores four chairs inside.

http://www.shetlink.com/classifieds/...php?ad_id=4222


Here is an idea for a drop leaf, portable kitchen island. How much space will you really need preparing food for two people? And if you put it on wheels, you can wheel it over when you need to work, roll it out of the way when you need more living room space.

http://denoxa.com/kitchens/contempor...hen-island_4_0
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Sorry, just saw post #16.
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Also google Tiny House plans...there was all kinds of information using that term.
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HGTV (I think) used to have a show about living in small spaces. Maybe you could find some of the episodes on-line and watch them for ideas.

Last night on "you live in what?" there was a woman who lived in a caboose. I believe it was less than 400 sq and she used every inch. It was really interesting to see how she fit everything in there.
Did you see the episode about the guy who converted a garbage dumpster into a dwelling? He said the advantage was that he could just wheel it down the street to another spot. What a hoot!
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Did you see the episode about the guy who converted a garbage dumpster into a dwelling? He said the advantage was that he could just wheel it down the street to another spot. What a hoot!
No I missed that one! I'll have to see if I can find it on-line.

It's one of my favorite shows. I love to see how these people come up with unique ideas for homes. There are some that I would live in and others that I think "what the heck?!!"

The one the other night with the caboose was interesting. She did a really nice job with a very tight space. Not something that I could live in, but it was well done.
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Personally I would make the "public" part of the apartment (Livingroom/kitchen...where I might be entertaining) larger and the "private" part (bedroom) smaller. I would probably make the bedroom big enough to accomodate my current bedroom set with some space to walk around the bed, but no more than that. I wouldn't be getting rid of the king bed either, especially if your DH is a big guy. Same with the bathroom...I'd make it a normal size bathroom but it doesn't need to be massive.

Other than that, the ideas PPs have given you are great!
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