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Converted basement makes a charming apartment for a designer

A mix of hues, patterns, and materials demarcates the home’s different zones

This lovely apartment in Cape Town, South Africa packs a colorful punch, making it hard to believe that it’s in fact the converted basement of the resident’s parents’ home. Measuring 90 square meters, or approximately 968 square feet, the open-plan one bedroom makes great use of space, employing a mix of hues, patterns, materials, and decor objects that instead of cluttering the space, work to demarcate different zones.

A freelance designer, director, and entertainment consultant, the owner, Chad, and his father renovated the basement on a shoestring budget, which meant that the two of them had a lot of DIY-ing to do. And because the subterranean flat was built into the side of a mountain, they had to "excavate" in order to raise the height of the ceiling. Letting in as much natural light as possible was also a challenge, but they managed to use windows and wall cut-outs to maximize illumination. Though clocking in just under 1,000 square feet, the home has a larger than life personality. Head to Apartment Therapy for the full story.