Houzz Tour: Incredibly Bright and Airy in 850 Square Feet (13 photos)

The team had done step ceilings in other projects but always with Douglas fir. “This one we decided to do drywall,” Sundius says. “It has a wonderful, white simplicity to it.” He knew he wanted to cut skylights, and he likes the way the drywall edges and skylights “merge to form a sculptural subtraction.”

In order to make the space feel airy, Sundius decided to keep the walls a standard 8 feet tall instead of stretching them all the way up to the 15-foot-high vaulted roof. This lets the unit feel like one big open room. The vertical beams are construction-grade lumber. “We’ve always tried to make the most out of typical construction methods in order to keep costs down,” Sundius says.

One of his favorite things in the unit is the 15-foot custom floor-to-ceiling yellow door at the end of the hallway that’s cut to fit the stepped ceiling. This allowed the designers to keep the lines of the ceiling running from one end to the other but still give the tenants the ability to close off the guest bedroom. The large door also creates an interesting visual design element that goes a long way in a small space.

Engineered pine plank flooring runs the length of the home to also help visually enlarge the space.

Door paint: Honey Grove by Dunn-Edwards

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