I just bought a small studio loft in NYC which I will be living with my adult sister and her small dog. The apartment hasn't been renovated in 30 years. I will be designing the kitchen and bath myself, but I need the living/dining area, sleeping loft, and bedroom area renovated so that they fit both of us comfortably. Would like A LOT of storage and to maximize the efficiency of the spaces. My sister will be sleeping in the sleeping loft, and I will be sleeping in the bedroom area below it.
I need the bedroom area to be expanded slightly (maybe only a foot) so that it fits a full-size bed (approximately 56 x 77 inches). Currently, the bedroom area is awkward and can't fit a full-size bed comfortably. The bedroom area should also be closed off for privacy but also allow some light to come through—add a wall and a single French door? I do not want a pocket door or a double French door. The bedroom area needs to fit a small desk and dresser. Maybe expand the closet? I have a lot of clothes.
The sleeping loft above can remain open and doesn't need privacy, but it does need a short protective mini-wall so that the dog doesn't fall off it. I would also like storage in the sleeping loft for seasonal items. The stairs to the loft also need to be relocated. Currently, they land by a ceiling beam on the left side, and you can hit your head if you're not careful. Unfortunately, there is another ceiling beam on the other, right side of the loft as well. I would like a new stairs design that doesn't take away too much floor space from the living/dining area. The stairs should not be a ladder-style; they need to have closed backs (not open), so that the dog can climb up them. I would like to see if a small desk can be tucked somewhere by the stairs area for my sister (she can't have her desk in the sleeping loft since the ceiling is too low there), away from the main living area. Would also be nice if there's a way to use the space under the stairs as storage.
The living/dining area needs to fit an L-shaped sofa (111 x 64 inches), a dining table that will fit at least four people, and a small coffee table. Plus a TV, and a lot of storage. The radiator needs a cover to hide it. The ceilings are about 11.5 feet high, so would like the designers to find a way to take advantage of the height for efficient, clever storage and cool, design features.
I am hoping that the designers can find a way to incorporate Ikea wardrobes for storage and make them look built in. Ikea wardrobe dimensions:Each Ikea single-door wardrobe is 19.5 width x 24 depth x 93.5 height in inches. Each double-door wardrobe is 39 width x 24 depth x 93.5 height. I plan on having wooden floors in a walnut finish. I like mid-century modern design but with warmth added, and I like mixing shabby chic or Victorian in as well. Prefer clean lines. I plan on painting at least one wall gray, with white baseboards. I also like wallpaper and brick veneer. I like walnut or teak wood colors. Do not like blonde, cherry, or ebony wood colors. I love the idea of adding cool, architectural features.
Definitely looking for a "wow" factor, but on a budget, so I'm looking for clever uses of inexpensive materials. Design needs to find ways to add a lot of storage and in an efficient, clever way. Bonus for finding ways to use Ikea wardrobes and other Ikea storage items (to save money on carpentry and built-ins).
Birds-eye, top view, whatever. Just something that will help me fully visualize how the space will look. Need elevations with dimensions. Need something that I can give to the contractor and he can build it directly from that.
See Floor Plan for dimensions