Russia Houzz Tour: A Communal Room is Turned Into a Glam Studio
Once a room in a rundown kommunalka, this studio resurrects the elegance of its pre-revolutionary building
“The structure and walls were in good condition, but the same could not be said for the pipes and wiring. We redid the partitions, dismantled the old ceiling and raised it by 15 centimetres, replaced all the plumbing and wiring and increased the incoming power. In addition, we gave up the gas [stove],” says Ekaterina Savenko, one of the interior designers.
Flat at a Glance
Who lives here? The flat is being rented out
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Size: 33 square metres
Designers: Andrey Simonov and Ekaterina Savenko, AI interior Studio
This room had been part of a larger apartment with a typical layout for St Petersburg flats, in which all the rooms open into a common hallway. Turning this space into independent housing required a major renovation. This is rare for structures that were built in Saint Petersburg before the revolution of 1917, because such renovations are particularly difficult.
The bedroom-living room and entrance hall were separated by a partition with a built-in storage unit. This closet provides space for two large and two medium-sized suitcases. Additional blankets and other linens are stored at the top.
“To avoid unnecessary stress, you need to be ready to replace old plumbing and wiring and update the heaters and their ducts. You should also consider inserts for mounting wall cabinets, shelves and decor,” Savenko says.
They also replaced the gas stove with an electric cooktop. They gave up on gas because they couldn’t get permits for their proposed solution. This swap is not technically difficult to implement, but it takes time and effort to coordinate.
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