Anyone want to flex their design muscles?

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Real Estate Agent with Dove Realty Inc.

This is a comment I received from a couple in Amsterdam on my ‘How do you dress a long, skinny living room?’ blog.  This is a challenge if ever I’ve seen one so if you would like to chime in, I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated by Simon and Jennifer.

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Hello everyone, 

We've just bought this apartment in Amsterdam and we are struggling to come up with a solution for where the bedroom goes, bathroom etc...... as the house is 6.9metres wide and 28.5 metres long.

The photos are below and yes there is a whole work crew waiting in the wings to complete the renovation :-) 

 http://www.funda.nl/WoningAanbod/Koop/Detail/Fotos/?id=7bde323c-56c2-4717-a9ab-f6405c3faa5e&objecttype=DetailKoopObject

  Any advice at all would be extremely welcome and much appreciated as i sit here at 11:29pm tugging at my remaining hair :-))

 Many thanks and God Bless,

 Simon & Jennifer

 


 

 

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Rainmaker
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Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL
wow. I'm no designer, but it really looks like you could spend some $$ and have some fun with a remodel... great spaces. that one pic with all the doors--- maybe wall one of them and do a narrow, hallway divider between them (across the more narrow... define the spaces is what comes to me...); that room off the kitchen with the loftiness & ladder would be a great bedroom... I'd put half og the wall in or out about 3 or 4 metres and create some movement & privacy with a side-entrance here as well (to 'the bedroom' area off of the kitchen... good luck!!
Apr 23, 2008 12:32 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

I would highly recommend they check out IKEA.  I was there this past week and they have rooms (with kitchen, living room and bathrooms all in 347 square feet.  It was a great visual with incredible space saving ideas.

Kathy

Apr 23, 2008 01:00 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Mara: Thanks for your encouragement and suggestions.

Kathy: I think IKEA is a great idea! If they have them in Puyallup they should have one in Amsterdam. 

Apr 23, 2008 03:59 PM #3
Rainer
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Alicia Barrington
THE ORIGINAL HOUSTON HOME STAGING - Katy, TX
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For me, it's all about the architectural detail!

The addition of contemporary baseboard, and cornice treatment (thinking metallic: stainless steel, granite, etc...) would add value!

Just my thoughts!

Apr 23, 2008 04:37 PM #4
Rainer
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Julianna Hind
eXp Realty - Tacoma, WA
REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA
Lots of fun, Susan! -- Of course some clever opaque or other light enhancing partitioning, perhaps a raised platform area for bedroom, step down to living area, storage "drawers" underneath the raised floor. Are they going to fly you out there? :-)
Apr 23, 2008 06:00 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Tom: I totally agree. Right now it just looks too barren.

Julianna: The only place I'm going to in the near future is your color class the end of May. Thanks for your suggestions. They're getting some great free advice. 

Apr 24, 2008 03:59 PM #6
Rainer
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Gabriele Campbell
D F Campbell Ventures Group Inc. - Saint Albert, AB
ASP, CID

WOW! That is an amazing apartment!! The natural light will really work int heir favour. I think they need to address the lighting in the other spaces though. Add some track lighting on the other side of the one long skinny room and/or down the middle. The one side looks so dark. Pot lights will really enhance the space and balance it off better, and will provide them a stronger canvas to work with.

The furniture will have to be compact and if they can avoid placing everything along the walls then they can get rid of that bowling alley affect. Walls will have to come down (if they have that flexibility).

The bedroom right off the kitchen with doors should be addressed. A wall here would be good, or like the other blogger suggested, if they want to maximize the natural light, put in opaque screens or sand blasted glass. Sound barriers may be necessary depending on who and how many will live there.

Looks like a designer's dream though!!

Apr 26, 2008 02:44 AM #7
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT
Excellent living space!  Id love to have a shot at that place.  Actually...maybe not.  Id make the living room a bowling alley and have a bar on one wall...lol.
Apr 26, 2008 02:45 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Gabriele: You do like a challenge!

Clint: I guess that would be a case of function following form. 

Apr 26, 2008 12:43 PM #9
Rainer
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Julianna Hind
eXp Realty - Tacoma, WA
REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA
Susan, it would be great to see you there! Great ideas here ~
Apr 27, 2008 03:08 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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Baseboards for sure, the opaque glass or a box on box divider with a few displays in the boxes. furniture placed at a right angle to the wall.

If there are 3 hangings for the gallery even better otherwise reduce to one (the orange) and pick that color up in accessories along with another. 

Apr 27, 2008 12:14 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Some uniformity in the dining chairs would reduce the chaotic look, as well.
Apr 27, 2008 12:16 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Julianna: I'm  trying to make space in my schedule so I hope there will still be room by the time I get my life figured out.

Kathleen: Boy I hope Simon and Jennifer are paying attention. you guys are coming up with some great ideas. 

Apr 27, 2008 06:53 PM #13
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