Small Space, Big Ideas
550 Sq. Ft. & a Whole Lot of Design!
Ryan Townsend, a 30 year old “creator”, managed to transform a rundown 550 square foot rental apartment into a jaw dropping luxury pad. The rental unit is part of a converted heritage house that when Ryan signed the papers was rundown, dingy and included “vile” kitchen appliances – but the price was right. He thought outside the box, broke every design rule and created something most designers would never dare. His kitchen features a 60 inch La Cornue stove, costing $60,000 new, a $10,000 range hood and he finished it off with a custom made concrete-tile backsplash with citrus and blue ceramic paint. He also designed a custom faux overlay for the fireplace giving it a very old 16th century look, and created handmade marble tiles for the kitchen floor and cast his own concrete countertops.
Everything he purchased for the house was at a bargain, whether it be from antique dealers, classifieds or auctions. The living room is an antique showroom with a baby grand piano and a grand chandelier you’d expect to see in a mansion. When Ryan is hired to design a space he ends up doing much more, including creating pieces for the space. He explains, “I like the ability to create. I like to find something that can challenge me to push my limit, to create something slightly over-the-top.” His apartment also managed to win over judges in a national design contest. He won Best Small Space honours in an annual contest held by Canadian House & Home magazine. There’s no argument that what’s he created is beautiful and one of a kind.
Interesting Facts About Ryan’s ‘Small Space’
The bed in the Master Bedroom is a King Size Leather Wing Bed designed by Ralph Lauren. The chandelier in the bedroom is a wood carved antique chandelier that Ryan purchased in piece at auction for $20.00. The large canvas of the Eiffel Tower in the kitchen was taken by Ryan and enlarged to 1000%, it swings open and behind it is a hidden pantry. His lease states “No Pianos” yet he managed to sneak in a Baby Grand Piano with the help of 6 movers and a 30′ ramp!
All Photos Courtesy of: Darren Stone, Victoria Times Colonist