Man turns 500 sq ft into a mansion - room idea video

Uploaded by SpacesTV on 18.04.2012

JAMES HONG: My name is James Hong.
I do design work, interiors, mostly in New York.

When I first saw the apartment, it
looked really bad.
It was abandoned, it had basically no plumbing, but I
could see the potential.
This space is my office as well, so I spend a lot of time
working and, quote, living.
A lot of the elements arise from a real need, so it's not
that you just decide to do something whimsical.
What I did to the bathroom, I made the tub that
doesn't fit the space.
The wall texture is kind of a take-off on
the Venetian plaster.
The sink is a poured resin top.
And the sink itself actually was a kitchen cook pot.
The door was a very tricky thing, because I didn't really
have room for a door to swing there.
In the kitchen area, I tried to incorporate a bunch of
different elements.
I had a electric cooktop, a gas burner, and then I had a
sliding thing of steel.
Counter, I put in a custom kitchen hood to capture the
gas fumes from both the electric and the gas side.
I collect books, and I didn't want these books
to accumulate dust.
And so I wanted to house them in a proper way.
I think overall I'm satisfied with all the things
that I've done here.
The main thing that I'm very pleased with was that I was
able to incorporate a lot of elements that
were recycled, found.
I like the fact that it gives the impression that it's a
super luxury type of effort, and yet in reality it's done
on a very modest scale.

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