We purchased a mixed use mercantile building in the North End of Saint Paul fall 2019 and converted a section of the commercial space to a residential studio apartment. The reno of the studio apartment was convenient as there was an existing full kitchen. We were thrilled when removing the drop down ceiling revealed the original stamped tin high ceilings and although there were some water damaged tins that required removal, we were able to salvage some replacements from the front of the building where we had to remove the tiles due the current fire rating codes. We tried to keep as many of the historic aspects as possible from this historic 1902 building, while bringing in both a modern vibe and durability. We sourced materials with the intent of keeping to a minimal budget as bringing the vacant building up to code and remediating the extensive water damage would be eating up much of the cost.
We added an exterior glass door and upper window on the back kitchen wall that provides both access to the sidewalk and light. The door and window provides a significant source during the day and there are several sources for when daylight recedes. By raising the ceiling height to it's original glory, this small studio space feels expansive. The flooring is a dark wood-like tile that spans the entirety of the studio, minus the bedroom area, and provides an easy to clean surface that won't need refinishing.
We kept the layout of the plumbing and stove, added in a vented microwave for studio convenience and a toe-kick heater under the sink. We were able to source a remnant of quartzite for the countertops which will sustain much longer than the typical laminate slab and decrease chances of water damage from rental neglect or misuse.
In-unit washer and dryer, dishwasher, full shower and bath, in-floor bathroom heat, bedroom ceiling fan and sconces, and a prodigious walk-in closet with wardrobe and vanity lighting, this rental unit provides everything needed to live comfortably and spaciously. We chose clean lines and earthy tones to compliment the high ceilings, which inspires an outdoor feel. Scroll through and click on the following pictures for a closer look. This rental unit will be accessible shortly through our website for listing information.