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Dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion, Mar­ius ap­proached his apart­ment as if it were one big room. The only el­e­ment he re­tained from the orig­i­nal space was the par­quet floor­ing in the liv­ing room, pas­sage and bed­room. “It was chal­leng­ing: there was only one type of light­ing in all the rooms, all the walls were white, and although the apart­ment had a mod­ern kitchen and bath­room, there was also a black-and-white theme through­out,” he ex­plains.

The first step was to re­move some of the walls to get rid of the var­i­ous poky rooms. “I de­mol­ished the long L-shaped wall be­tween the liv­ing room, pas­sage and kitchen, as well as part of the wall be­tween the kitchen and bal­cony. This im­me­di­ately made the whole apart­ment much lighter,” Mar­ius says.

The bal­cony was di­vided in two by a slid­ing door, with a red ce­ment floor on one side and a white tiled floor on the other. “The space was com­pletely un­der­utilised and cut off from the rest of the flat,” says Mar­ius. The old floors were lifted and re­cy­cled par­quet blocks laid so that the floor in the liv­ing room and on the bal­cony would be the same. Now, one half of the bal­cony is used as a din­ing area and the other half as a home of­fice.

The bath­room and kitchen were com­pletely gut­ted and re­designed. “I got quotes from three re­spected kitchen com­pa­nies but one of them im­me­di­ately de­clined be­cause they said it would be im­pos­si­ble to fit a wash­ing ma­chine, dish­washer, stove and re­frig­er­a­tor in the avail­able space.

“Of course, there are al­ways a few sur­prises. The kitchen plans had just been fi­nalised when we re­alised the dis­tri­bu­tion board couldn’t be moved. So there it stayed, on a wall I re­ally wanted to break out com­pletely. For­tu­nately, ev­ery­thing worked out per­fectly and it looks as if it was planned all along.” >>

[DÉ­COR & ART]

“I pre­fer un­fussy dé­cor,” says Mar­ius. His pal­ette is neu­tral: pre­dom­i­nantly black and white with pops of colour to brighten it up. The white walls are mostly cov­ered with art­works – one of his great pas­sions. “When I chance upon the right piece of art, it gets my heart rac­ing and I know I won’t be able to leave that gallery or ex­hi­bi­tion with­out it! If some­thing speaks to me, I am drawn to it but I also talk to ex­perts and do a lit­tle home­work first. And with ev­ery pur­chase, I prom­ise my­self it won’t hap­pen again...” The old kitchen was a nar­row space with just enough room for a stove and fridge. The new kitchen has it all: plenty of shelving, a wash­ing ma­chinecum-tum­ble dryer in a tall cup­board, and a dish­washer. “It was a huge chal­lenge, but Tao Arthur of Kitch Inc came up with the per­fect de­sign,” says Mar­ius.

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