Not every floor plan is designed to flow perfectly from one room to the next. Whether it's a lack of an entry way, a long and narrow space, a small area, or a room surrounded by doors and hallways, you can find yourself feeling like nothing short of a remodel can alleviate your woes. If you learn to maximize your space's functionality, you can create a contractor-free solution to living in your awkward floor plan.
Living in one of New York's high-rise buildings is nothing special, but trying to find that experience in Salt Lake City is nearly impossible. In an area surrounded by traditional homes, Heidi and Colin found the antithesis in a stately mid-century building. Starting out as a diamond in the rough, the couple saw past the work and focused on the potential of this remarkable high-rise gem. Renovating while attending school, maintaining full-time jobs, and launching businesses took time and patience, but in the end they were able to truly transform their space.
Heidi Jube is the owner and creative force behind Monokle Candles and co-owns the gallery and dwell shop Arte Haus. Her husband, Colin, works as a financial planner in downtown Salt Lake City. They were in the market for a good view and a low-maintenance living space with big-city charm when they found their condo. Captivated by the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto a blend of mountain scenery and cityscape, they made the leap and purchased a condo untouched since the ‘60s.
For a small space, Heidi and Colin packed in a lot of character – from industrial vibes with a concrete floor to traditional touches with wallpaper and wainscoting. The mid-century accents and furniture tied it all together while paying homage to the exterior aesthetic of the building. “We were going for minimalist look, but we still wanted to personalize it and make it feel like home,” Heidi said. “So far, we’ve done a complete cosmetic makeover to the condo, but it’s still a work in progress and will probably always be. I have a lot of ideas spinning in my head about what I’d change in this place.” They might have big plans for their condo in future, but in the meantime they can enjoy their well-balanced home of inspiration. And who knows, maybe we’ll see their dream remodel in years (hopefully months) to come!
When you own a rental property, you know that you can't afford to blow through your budget on superficial and fun design choices. You have to stick to a strict budget and only spend money that will have a return, but in the end there is no doubt that fixing up an income property is worth the work. Not only does it allow you to increase rent, but a nice space will attract high-quality tenants that'll want to stick around and keep up the place. See how this rental space makeover made a big difference with a small budget.