The owner of a six flat apartment building that was built in the 1920’s had a room in the rear that originally received the coal necessary for the boilers to heat the building in that era. Upgraded long ago to a modern HVAC system, the room was used for several purposes until it finally was filled with storage. He now wanted to create a room that was a studio apartment that he could offer for temporary rental.
Located in city of Evanston, IL, the building was close to Northwestern University as well as the unique downtown district. It would be ideal for people visiting their children, for NW football games or business, that would find this studio more appealing than staying at a hotel.
While possessing a full knowledge of all construction elements, the owner had tried to plan this space for a long time, never quite achieving his aesthetic vision of what it could be. At this point, he retained interior designer Ned Schechter to solve the design problem.
The old coal delivery chute door was replaced by cutting in a large glass brick window to bring daylight in to an otherwise windowless room.
The key to the answer lay in locating the positions of the bathroom and kitchen a room of only 430 sq. ft. For the living area, Schechter created a composition of shapes, textures and bright colors in a minimalist genre. Owner and designer collaborated extensively. By using durable furnishings but adding some high-end touches requested by the owner, because he would be using it at times, the final look is most appealing and practical.
There is a Murphy bed and storage in the cabinets behind the sofa. Another special feature is a console table that expands with leaves to seat up to ten people. There is a large screen TV mounted to the wall over the console. The unique kitchen cabinets are from IMAGINE-Kitchen & Bath Studio.
All the lighting is voice activated, changeable in intensity as well as color. “Alexa” also operates the TV and robot vacuum cleaner as well. The kitchen faucet dispenses filtered hot, cold, and carbonated water. The large walk-in shower has six water jets, an overhead rain showerhead and a steam bath.
Bright, cheerful, comfortable and SMART.
Interiors by Ned Schechter Interior Design nsidgroup.com
Photography by Brad Baskin Photography bradbaskin.com