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Trading up in real estate doesn't always mean adding square footage. In fact, more often than not, adding extra space isn't an option. That's where convertible design can go a long way.

With a total of 950 square feet between them, authors Amanda Lam and Amy Thomas have mastered the essential tricks of maximizing their living spaces. In Convertible Houses, they guide you through dozens of examples of homes that uniquely accommodate multiple functions within a finite amount of ...

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Overview

Trading up in real estate doesn't always mean adding square footage. In fact, more often than not, adding extra space isn't an option. That's where convertible design can go a long way.

With a total of 950 square feet between them, authors Amanda Lam and Amy Thomas have mastered the essential tricks of maximizing their living spaces. In Convertible Houses, they guide you through dozens of examples of homes that uniquely accommodate multiple functions within a finite amount of space. Creative design and flexible space planning can make your square footage work twice as hard, no matter where you live.

Renowned architects and creative homeowners from around the world share successful strategies for convertible living, from foldaway kitchens to foldout offices, from swiveling walls to cantilevering lofts, from one-room urban studios to palatial countryside homes.

The examples in Convertible Houses offer professional insights, layman's tips, and plenty of inspiration. Through a mixture of color photography, floor plans, renderings, and engaging text, you'll see how convertible features can add more versatility to your living space.

But what if you're not ready to hire a contractor and overhaul your home? Even if you don't have the budget to make architectural changes, Convertible Houses covers plenty of quick and easy changes you can make in an afternoon, or a weekend, to pack more functionality into your home.

When Amy Thomas was growing up, her father, an interior designer, was constantly knocking down walls in their homes and rebuilding them so they were more functional-and more fabulous. These were lessons Amy carried with her when she bought her first apartment. Now living in Manhattan, she writes about everything from local design to international travel for publications such as CITY, Bust, Lucky, Metro newspaper and others.

Amanda Lam honed her love for design and architecture during her time as the managing editor of CITY magazine. Four years ago, she relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to New York City, where she became intimately familiar with the challenges of one-space living in a 436-square-foot studio apartment in Manhattan's Upper West Side. Amanda attended Stanford University, where she received her BA in Communication and her MA in Sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423600299
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Writers Amanda Lam and Amy Thomas are very familiar with trying to get the most comfortable living accommodations and the most practical working arrangements out of their small New York City apartments. Thomas writes about everything from local design to international travel for publications such as CITY, Bust, Lucky, Metro newspaper and others. Lam honed her love for design and architecture during her time as the managing editor of CITY, a national lifestyle and design magazine.

Writers Amanda Lam and Amy Thomas are very familiar with trying to get the most comfortable living accommodations and the most practical working arrangements out of their small New York City apartments. Thomas writes about everything from local design to international travel for publications such as CITY, Bust, Lucky, Metro newspaper and others. Lam honed her love for design and architecture during her time as the managing editor of CITY, a national lifestyle and design magazine.

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When none of the rooms in a home are large enough to contain its individual function, what is the most logical solution? Remove all the walls so that each task can borrow square footage from the others. Then, like a chameleon, the apartment can transform itself to best suit the task at hand, be it entertaining a large group or working solo on a painting.

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Table of Contents

8 Foreword

10 Section 01: Eleven inventive examples of convertible Living

12 Shanghai chic in midtown Manhattan Eighty-nine linear feet of curtains transform an eccentric loft

20 More than meets the eye Like a giant jigsaw puzzle, this apartment changes form instantly

30 A gathering place in Paris A masterpiece duplex, perfectly styled from corner to corner

40 Open to possibility Push in, pull out, drop down-this Tokyo home has many hidden secrets

50 Where can a fellow catch some zzz's? A clever cube adds much needed privacy in a Massachusetts loft

60 Let the guests arrive A movable wall and foldaway bed make room for friends

70 Light sculpting Fanciful curtains reinvent a modernist house in Belgium

82 Living on wheels Flexible furniture helps this bachelor stay mobile

92 Not just another day at the office A creative place to work at home inspires this graphic designer

100 Bold moves in Sao Paulo A sleek multilevel house embraces its warm climes

108 A trio of uses for a movable cube One space becomes three with the help of a room on wheels

116 Section 02: Successful strategies for getting more bang out of your blueprint

118 Movable walls: Shifting your floor plan

128 Platforms and mezzanines: Gaining space overhead and underfoot

136 Curtain walls: Flexing your room options

144 Indoor/outdoor: Merging inside out

154 Multiuse rooms: Multitasking at home

164 Convertible furniture: Self-contained functionality

172 Section 03: Simple solutions for any type of home

174 Room-by-room: convertible living Now that you've seen the pros at it, how can you add flexibility to your home?

188 Directory of architects and designers

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