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    When San Francisco–based architect Christi Azevedo and her partner bought an investment property in Oakland, what was billed in real estate listings as a 'detached garage' turned out to be a carriage house that dated from 1908. After purchasing the house, Azevedo did some basic weatherproofing in the unit, planning to one day convert it into a rental. That day arrived a year later, when her good friend, the metal fabricator Henry Defauw, found himself single and offered to help renovate the 360-square-foot carriage house in exchange for six months of free rent. Says Azevedo, "With the added help of my electrician brother, Craig—and many beers and Saturdays—we tricked this former pigeon roost into a modern loft."

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    i love a small house, but the low ceilings are a deal breaker.
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    I assume the ground floor is a double garage? Seems a bit extravagent when there doesn't appear to be a proper bedroom and the bathroom/loo is (a) right next to the kitchen and (b) anyone using the shower is in full view - albeit slightly frosted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    I assume the ground floor is a double garage? Seems a bit extravagent when there doesn't appear to be a proper bedroom and the bathroom/loo is (a) right next to the kitchen and (b) anyone using the shower is in full view - albeit slightly frosted.
    And unless I'm overlooking it, I see no stove, oven, or refrigerator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    And unless I'm overlooking it, I see no stove, oven, or refrigerator.
    I think they are over by the hanging kitchen tools.
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    This is quite a nice restoration, especially when comparing the before and after. I like the diagonal ceilings and the dark wood flooring.

    I think this is a student/bachelor apartment, thus the limited kitchen. There is a minifridge under the sink, best seen in the photo with the toilet. A microwave may be out of sight.

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    Cool little place for a single guy or college student or whatnot. ONE person maximum though.

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    i think they forgot to sand down the parquet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    And unless I'm overlooking it, I see no stove, oven, or refrigerator.
    It looks like there's a mini-fridge adjacent to the other two cupboards under the sink. I don't see the oven either, though...
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    I love it but I don't think I'd dare use the toilets ... I'd be afraid people in the other room might hear me pee
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    frosty glass is the extent of privacy in the shower?? It's a pretty good restoration but I wouldn't live there.
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    Here's the kitchen on a non-photoshoot day.



    It seems like they probably could have made better use of the kitchen/dining space and given the guys a little room to actually work in.
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    Where'd you get that, Tati? I'd love to see a comparison of model homes during photo shoots vs real life.

    So that drawer holds a toaster oven, toaster, and mini stove top. The mystery of the missing appliances is solved.

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    ^ It was just from the main site Honey linked in the original post. There's another less flattering shot of the bathroom, too, though it's just their choice of decor in that case.
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    I see. The bathroom wall does look like an outhouse from that angle.

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