And update he did, constructing basically an entire new interior, where every detail teaches a lesson about clever ways to make use of a space. "What I did was think of the functionality of the three spaces," the homeowner explains of his decision to divide the apartment into separate, multi-functional zones. In fact, Wan's cabinets are taller than standard—and he devised a plywood step on the outside of the kitchen to reach the higher places.
Elsewhere in the apartment, Wan has created custom cabinetry out of plywood, with spaces for everything from his shoes (in an alcove under the flooring) to his washing machine (under a shelf for small appliances)—with most existing out of sight.
When work hours are over, the raw wood desk can slide open to reveal a keyboard—and voilà, the workspace is a leisure one. Wan sticks with a relatively simple color scheme—natural plywood, black countertop, red grout as an accent in the bathroom—which complements the apartment's white-painted brick and keeps the space looking clean.