Combining Two Apartments in One for a New Family Home in Greece

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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.

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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.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).