Country home, Hipster hideaway

Where do you go when city noises and uber small living starts to weigh on you? Escape to the Sierra Nevada mountains! Here are the newest pictures of our remodel on our country home. Enjoy!

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Pedestal Sink Vs. Vanity for a small bathroom

Conventional wisdom usually leads designers to place a pedestal sink in a small space rather than a full vanity. I have utilized pedestal sinks and wall mounted sinks in our other small baths almost exclusively until this little gem showed up at IKEA recently. It is under 10″ deep with a faucet on the side

New super slim vanity, maximizing space plus extra storage!
New super slim vanity, maximizing space plus extra storage!

Here is a picture of the same water closet area with a traditional pedestal sink. See how much it protrudes into the space?

Sink protruding out into the space.
Sink protruding out into the space.

A side view showing the ugly exposed plumbing, another disadvantage to a pedestal sink.

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I have to admit this was a pretty ugly pedestal sink to begin with, but you have to work with what you are given!

Pedestal sinks are not always the best answer for small spaces.
Pedestal sinks are not always the best answer for small spaces.

Tiny house, tiny furniture?

Does having a small space necessitate having small Japanese style furniture? We don’t think so.

We watched all those cool videos with wall beds that fold down into desks and dining rooms and swimming pools and everything else under the sun and wondered if we should take the plunge and invest in those high ticket items.

Instead, we invested in some gigantic overstuffed furniture an huge 42″ wide fridge and Queen sized beds. Why? Because we are ‘merican!  All joking aside, it really is nice to not feel cramped when you are lounging around in already small space. Why not sleep in a nice queen sized bed even if you can’t stand up all way?

We have found that having some sense of normalcy in scale helps the place feel more inviting and less cramped.

Full sized double dishwasher drawers and giant 42" wide Fridge.
Full sized double dishwasher drawers and giant 42″ wide Fridge.
Queen sized bed and nightstand in a tiny space.
Queen sized bed and nightstand in a tiny space.
Oversized furniture in a tiny space.
Oversized furniture in a tiny space.

One small space, 4 ways, no windows!

What do you do with a windowless area the size of a queen mattress? (60″x 80″ or 5 feet by 6 and a half feet) Make a walk-in closet of course! What would happen if you tried to make it a bedroom?

By bedroom I mean a room that ONLY holds a bed. Like, step in the door and fall onto the bed. Hey, in San Francisco right now 1 square foot (12″x 12″) is worth $853.00 according to Trulia.com.

( http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/San_Francisco-California/market-trends/)

So, we have to make those little 1 foot squares worth it. Here are some photos of all the things we tried in that little space. At the end is a bonus picture of where it is located in our tiny home. Enjoy!

Incarnations:

1.) How it looks now as half closet, half office:

Half closet, half work space, all functional!
Half closet, half work space, all functional!

2.) With a queen sized bed:

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3.) With a full (double) bed:

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4) With a twin (single) bed:

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5.) With a Futon daybed:

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6.) You can see the little space in this picture, it is the below the loft. Look for the shoe rack:

Loft entry

Small spaces, small dogs!

First Post!

Coming up on my one year mark in San Francisco, time to reflect.  Trying to move to a city with small dogs is an absolute nightmare. I am sure many people can attest to the perils of trying to rent when you have fur children.

My hairdresser actually moved out to Oakland for her Chihuahua and Yorkie because it is almost impossible to find a place that will even talk to you if you have a dog. The animal shelters have seen an increase in people surrendering their loved furry ones just to try and find a place to live. Fortunately, San Francisco is pushing to get limits put on landlords so they can no longer discriminate against pet owners.

As a landlord myself, I have struggled with the pet debate as well. They do damage your hardwood floors but I believe that allowing our tenants to have pets makes them happier, encourages them to stay longer and be better renters. What are your thoughts about animals and rentals?