Freshly Remodeled Apartment Gets Rid Of Walls To Make Better Use Of The Floorspace

The owners of a 90 square meter apartment from Sao Paulo, Brazil were quite unhappy with the current layout and overall structure of their home and rightfully so. The place had two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom and they were separated and tiny which made them uncomfortable and limited the type of activities that could take place in them. After doing their fair share of research, the owners chose to work with studio INA Arquitetura and started planning a remodel.

The kitchen is now wider and directly connected to the living roomView in gallery
The kitchen is now wider and directly connected to the living room

The goal was to somehow create wider spaces and to thus offer room for receiving guests and doing various activities with them without being limited by the layout or the size of the common spaces. All had to be done within three months so planning and following a schedule was important. 

An exposed support column serves as a visual separator between the living room and the kitchen and dining areasView in gallery
An exposed support column serves as a visual separator between the living room and the kitchen and dining areas

One of the major changes that were made was to get rid of one of the bedrooms. Because there was a structural column between this bedroom and the living room these two spaces could not be adequately combined. As a result, an alternative solution was found, to link the two bedrooms together and to create a single large one. The kitchen was also enlarged. The one which separated it from the living room was removed and an open plan design was chosen. The tiled floor surface was extended and this created a more airy and versatile space in general.

The two small bedrooms were combined into a single large one with a warm and welcoming decorView in gallery
The two small bedrooms were combined into a single large one with a warm and welcoming decor
The color palette chosen for the new enlarged bedroom is based on warm and earthy tones which create a very relaxing and cozy ambianceView in gallery
The color palette chosen for the new enlarged bedroom is based on warm and earthy tones which create a very relaxing and cozy ambiance

Also, to make it look more like a modern kitchen, built-in appliances and a simple color palette were chosen. These big changes along with numerous smaller ones allowed these apartment owners to make better use of their home. 

The tiled floor surface in the kitchen was expanded and now also covers this dining areaView in gallery
The tiled floor surface in the kitchen was expanded and now also covers this dining area
The use of white for the upper cabinetry in the kitchen helps to make this space appear larger and more openView in gallery
The use of white for the upper cabinetry in the kitchen helps to make this space appear larger and more open
The wood is a beautiful and timeless material which in this particular contexts helps to create a modern decorView in gallery
The wood is a beautiful and timeless material which in this particular contexts helps to create a modern decor
The living room has a more colorful style with various light nuances and pastels sprinkled around the areaView in gallery
The living room has a more colorful style with various light nuances and pastels sprinkled around the area
The new larger bedroom now also has space for a cozy reading corner and a workstation with a desk and lots of shelvesView in gallery
The new larger bedroom now also has space for a cozy reading corner and a workstation with a desk and lots of shelves