A Perfect Fit: Condo Makeover

Good things do come in small packages — with planning and care.

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AFTER: A minimalist’s dream, the kitchen is outfitted with sleek countertops, built-in appliances, and open shelves that create the illusion of extra space.
BEFORE

With the floors and walls completed, Tim was ready to transform each room into a welcoming, comfortable space. He started with the bedroom, which had been awkwardly positioned at the entrance of the unit. “The front door literally opened into the bedroom,” he says. “There was no privacy at all.” Tim’s clever solution: a four-foot-wide flume-wood wall that establishes a more formal entry area, encloses the bedroom, and creates more storage space (there are shelves on the bedroom side of the wall). Like the rest of the unit, the bedroom feels larger than it is. To reduce visual clutter, Tim added under-bed storage drawers, and in lieu of space-hogging bedside tables, installed wall-mounted nightstands outfitted with USB ports.

To increase the kitchen’s functionality, Tim opted for a Sub-Zero undercounter refrigerator, a two-burner electric cooktop embedded in the counter, and a convection microwave. Woodgrain cabinets and a cheerful mosaic-tile backsplash energize the room, while open shelves on one wall create the illusion of more space.

That illusion continues throughout the home, with modern décor selected for the compact layout, including twin sofas tailor-made for the living room, trim furniture, and room-brightening artwork. Bulky, unsightly household items are hidden away: The condo’s water heater is stowed in the bedroom closet, and a tall cabinet in the kitchen houses the stackable washer and dryer.

Looking back on it now, Tim says all of the high-stress moments were worth it. “It’s the most difficult project I’ve ever done, but it turned out beautifully.” Jeff and Rosanna couldn’t agree more. “It’s beautiful and practical. Tim opened everything up and completely transformed this place,” Jeff says. “I love every square inch.”

Resource Guide

Akamai Plumbing Maui
61 Keleawe Street, Makawao
808-268-2051
AkamaiPlumbingMaui.com

Anaya Tile Co.
510-235-1530
Rafael@AnayaTileCo.com

Cano Electric, Inc.
167 Manea Place, #5, Wailuku
808-298-0677

Maui Joinery, Inc. (general contractor)
P.O. Box 209, Kīhei • 808-757-2319
MauiJoinery.wordpress.com

Native Trails (sinks)
1-800-786-0862 • NativeTrails.net

Pacific Source (cabinets, Fleetwood doors)
515 East Uahi Way, Wailuku
808-986-0380 • PacSource.com

Tim Tattersall Design
P.O. Box 1573, Kīhei
808-280-7452 • TimTattersallDesign.com

WaiWood Designs (reclaimed wood)
P.O. Box 156, Makawao
808-281-0086 • WaiWoodDesigns.com

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