Sometimes, when you need larger living quarters, you move; in the case of a couple living in Voula, Greece, the answer was to combine two homes into one. Lm Architects created this contemporary apartment in 2011 by joining two apartments together to create a large, open space in anticipation of the couple’s future family needs. To do that, they had to break down a few walls. But breaking down walls was only the beginning. Replacing walls are now transparent surfaces, such as the glass between the eat-in kitchen and the living/dining area, or partitions that serve other functions — such as a wardrobe wall that hides the master bathroom. Adding to the spacious feel are tall windows that let in abundant natural light, expanding the neutral-toned spaces, visually, with lots of reflection.
While the space is filled with neutrals, it’s far from bland. Contemporary photographic art graces one wall of the dining room; abundant use of wood grain and white make for a restful background, while modern furniture in geometric shapes is both interesting and comfy. Expansive without being overbearing, the apartment is utterly practical — and pampering, as evidenced by a deep tub and roomy shower in the master bathroom. Behind pale wood cabinet doors is plenty of storage space throughout the dwelling, with an easy style that invites a flexible and relaxed approach to housekeeping. Combining two spaces into one can be a challenge; the result for this family in Voula, however, is a cozy, welcoming space, with lots of room to grow.