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The owner of the miniature Upper East Side studio approached JPDA with the challenge of updating the historic home and turning it into a more livable and functional space. JPDA’s solution was to build a series of custom, built-in components using sustainably sourced wooden panels that could open and close to reveal or conceal various pieces or furniture depending on how the space was being used at the moment.

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Some of the walls would open up to allow a murphy bed for overnight guests to flip down.

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While a freestanding elevated loft would house the main sleeping area with a workspace and wardrobe below.

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In order to meet the tight budget and time constraints, JPDA also recommended prefabricating the system of wooden components off-site. Although the project was ultimately never implemented, the unique design allowed the homeowner to visualize how much more functional the tiny studio could be with the proper updates.

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