Who says a small apartment has to look like a college dorm? As the new HGTV show "Small Space, Big Style" underscores, even tiny spots can overflow with ideas. Here's a look at three New York apartments - all of them under 700 square feet - that boast just about everything the big guys have. A STUDIO APARTMENT WITH AN INVISIBLE 'ATTIC' What New Yorker doesn't dream about space - lots and lots of space? But for Kristina O'Neal and William Harris, it's not just an idle fantasy. In the "Smart Space" project they just completed for a developer, the two partners in the design firm AvroKO were determined to maximize storage and stylishness, turning a 655-square-foot Greenwich Village studio into an apartment that looks and feels like more. "There were a number of things we tried to tackle," says O'Neal, "especially space efficiency and all of the issues New Yorkers have with small apartments, like having no place with privacy for a guest to stay. A lot of developers don't do storage cabinets in vanilla-box apartments. And they don't build in attic space.
" The pair did, with a vengeance. Although the apartment has a wide-open vista - enhanced with such tricks as a loft overhanging the living room and storage bins that swing from under the kitchen table to under sideboards - it's what you don't see that stops traffic. First, there's the "attic," a sky-high row of storage closets - for suitcases and seasonal possessions - carved into the top four feet of the 12-foot-high hallway. (This doesn't include bike storage; the apartment comes with foldup Dahons that have their own closet.) Even snappier: the guest "bedroom," which is actually a nook behind the kitchen's oven wall. Using a custom pulley system, the wall rolls into the kitchen, allowing a Murphy bed to open in the space between kitchen and bath. "We were inspired by luxury train travel," says Harris. More important, adds O'Neal, "we feel like we're using spaces ways we never thought you could.
" A TENEMENT THAT FEELS LIKE A BOUTIQUE HOTEL Most people toss around the word "tenement" as lightly as a chip of crumbling paint. Not Paul Rice and Ward Welch. The vacant, 475-square-foot apartment they fell in love with three years ago really is a tenement, and it came with all the problems of a 19th-century classic: shower in the front room, toilet in back, tiny middle spaces. Oh, and a kitchen that had long since been stripped of everything from refrigerator to stove to sink. The challenge for the two architects wasn't just to make their West Village walkup habitable. "We wanted a small space that has everything a big one has," says Rice, who admits that after renovating their 500-square-foot house in Amagansett, they were hardly daunted. "We wanted to be able to entertain, to have six or eight people for a sit-down dinner or a party for 40.
" Six months and $100,000 later, the tiny apartment brims with big ideas. For starters, the bathroom, once split between front and back, is now united and so efficiently designed that there's even room for a double-size shower. The 90-square-foot sleeping area, which Rice calls "the smallest bedroom in the city," is pared down to a double bed, side chair and fireplace turned shoe drawer. A closet in what once was the shower houses a stackable washer-dryer. And the pair maximized the kitchen in part by opting for the slenderest appliances, including a 27-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator and a 24-inch Miele oven. "People think that because it's a small space, there's not much that can be done," says Rice. "But we love it because there's so much to figure out. "We didn't want to feel like we were in a college dorm, but in a boutique hotel.
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