Outdated apartment undergoes much-needed small space makeover

It’s no secret we love smaller living spaces that tend to be more energy-efficient and a helpful incentive to live a fuller life, with less stuff. But smaller spaces need careful designing to make sure that they function well and feel as big as possible — and sometimes, that requires a complete reorganization.

In order to create a more harmonious living space in a limited amount of square footage, STADT Architecture gave this dated 1970s apartment in New York City’s Upper West Side a total makeover.

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

The client, a young professional, wanted to enlarge the bedroom and bathroom, in addition to updating the existing, outmoded aesthetic. The architects say:

Before the renovation, the apartment’s three distinct levels were disjunctive and forlorn. We sought to establish a common visual language-through materials and detailing-to reinforce the continuity between the three levels. Bespoke walnut flooring and paneling weaves and unites the three floors, while bright white cabinetry provides a counterpoint to the existing brick walls.

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To accomplish this, the firm kept the overlapping visual continuity between the three levels, but rearranged the bed by rotating it 90 degrees and slightly shifting it out in the living room. An existing guard wall has been removed, and the queen bed now sits on a platform that functions the same, and has some storage and side table elements built in. These simple changes open up even more room in the sleeping loft for storage cabinets to be added in the walls.

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

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To add more storage and reduce the sight of clutter everywhere, another continuous wall of cabinetry has been added to the main living space as well. The lower level contains a small kitchen (not pictured) and a dine-in area with a counter and chairs.

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

To increase the size of the bathroom, the existing straight stair leading up to the sleeping loft was reconfigured. A new landing was inserted halfway up and the stair now turns 90 degrees, thus adding 18 more precious inches to the bathroom.

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

The little things can and do matter in a small space, and we’ve seen time and time again that with a bit of careful forethought and rearranging, confined living spaces can be opened up into great places to live in. For more, see STADT Architecture.

[Via: Design Milk]

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Ex-Canadian Minister: ‘Small Cabal’ is Running World


According to Paul Hellyer the US government, in cooperation with extraterrestrial forces, have developed new green sources of energy, but the small elitist group withhold it, trying to suck out the last profits from their fossil fuel assets.

Well, that’s something new. It turns out that climate change could have been averted long ago and fossil fuels are already history. There is one small problem – according to former Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer, a small group of people is withholding crucial green technologies in order to gain maximum profit from their fuel assets. But the real cherry on top of this story is that those technologies were created nearly ten years ago in collaboration between the US and extraterrestrials!

“…At least a decade ago that the United States in cooperation with the visitors from the other planet have developed exotic form of energy that would allow us to change over […] to green energy. But nothing has been done about it and you got a (((small cabal))) […] that managed to keep this technology under wraps until they can cash in […] oil assets,” said the ex-minister.

In his interview to the Lazarus Effect podcast, Hellyer also claimed that the (((small cabal))) (who are also often addressed as the Illuminati the Jews) is literally running our world the way they want. Well, if they can connect with extraterrestrial life forms and develop such advanced technologies, then they are probably capable of doing that. However, Hellyer believes that people can and should resist this group, by banding together and forcing those pesky Illuminati into the open. Easy!

“And it’s not going to change until literally hundreds of thousands of people […] band together and say: “you’ve got to come clean, […] change your priorities to save the world for further generations,” explained Hellyer.

It is not the first time the Canadian ex-minister is coming out with such extraordinary claims. He has often said that aliens have contacted various people on the Earth, warning them about the consequences of the humanity’s actions for the future of planet’s environment.



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WATCH: Cop Rages Over Bad Call, Shoves Small Girl During His Son’s Basketball Game


Augusta, KS — In just a matter of a few weeks, cops in Wichita have proven their incompetent and dangerous nature and shown the country that there is something very wrong in their department. Last month, an innocent man was murdered by Wichita police for the ‘crime’ of opening his front door in front of frightened trigger happy cops. Then, TFTP reported that just days after that, a little girl was shot by police inside her own home as a cop tried to kill her dog. Now, video has emerged showing a Wichita cop shoving a small girl during a basketball game.

A video posted on Facebook this week serves to illustrate the sheer above the law mentality of some cops as this officer lost it when a child referee made a bad call. After the call, which the officer disagreed with, he ran out on the court, grabbed his son and shoved the female referee—who was half his size—to show his discontent.

The silver lining to this officer assaulting a child is that the child did not simply roll over and take it. After he shoved her, the 17-year-old girl pointed toward the door and demanded that he leave immediately as she stood her ground.

The Wichita Police Department has conveniently failed to release the officer’s name in spite of the fact that the family of the girl he shoved is reportedly pressing charges. They simply released the following cookie cutter statement:

Wichita Police Department officials have been made aware of an incident during a basketball game in the City of Augusta that involves a department member.

WPD will be reviewing the incident to determine if any department policies were violated.

WPD officials do not have all the facts surrounding this incident at this time and cannot provide any further comment.

According to KWCH, Augusta police say he was not taken into custody but he was taken off the property by police to the station. The Deputy Chief says after their investigation they will send their results to the city prosecutor.

Imagine for a moment that a person who does not carry a badge was seen assaulting a child at a youth basketball game, would they receive similar treatment? Not likely.

The youth sports league, however, wasted no time in banning the dangerous officer from the building and noted that he will likely be banned from all other league games as well.

“If you’re kid is hurt, whether it be the refs, board member or even the coaches and a parent is needed, they’re going to tell the parent to come down on the court, but just to come down and put your hand on a 17 year old kid, that’s not acceptable, especially here, it’s not going to happen,” says Amber Stillwell, the president of the Augusta Youth Basketball League.

A former referee, John Blazek spoke to KWCH about the incident and noted that cooler heads must prevail because mistakes will always be made.

“Parents forget they’ve got to be parents. And kids are going to make mistakes, referees are going to make mistakes,” Blazek said. “They make mistakes in the NBA, the Big XII, the Missouri Valley, the American Conference…they’re going to make them at the Augusta YMCA.”

However, if you are going to make those mistakes and you are a child, be careful not to do it in front of police officers who can and will abuse their power and assault you.

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F-16s intercept small plane over Trump’s airspace violation

Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a small private plane, which had violated airspace closed for US President Donald Trump’s visit to Florida. The incident occurred at 4:24pm on Sunday, some 46km (29 miles) north of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The F-16s escorted the plane to North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport, where the pilot said he was unaware of the restrictions. The Federal Aviation Administration will now to determine whether the man is to be fined for the violation of presidential airspace.

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Sleek multifunctional ‘bedroom box’ maximizes this small apartment

Small apartments in old urban centres like Paris or Madrid are cheap, but can be cramped and rundown. To update this old apartment in Paris, Batiik Studio gutted the interior and added a sleek-looking ‘bedroom box’ that is not only a private sleeping alcove, but also incorporates storage in every bit of available space, including the stairs. Part of the box can be closed off with sliding partitions.

Bertrand Fompeyrine© Bertrand Fompeyrine

There’s a lot of storage here. Going inside the bedroom box via the stairs, one can see there’s even a small integrated shelf here.

Bertrand Fompeyrine© Bertrand Fompeyrine
Bertrand Fompeyrine© Bertrand Fompeyrine

The new design is a far cry from the previous state of the apartment, which included a head-banging loft for sleeping in.

Bertrand Fompeyrine© Bertrand Fompeyrine

However, the walls were purposely kept unfinished after the renovation — offering a bit of a visual contrast to the clean lines of the new installations. The minimalist and matching kitchen is located right beside the bedroom box.

Bertrand Fompeyrine© Bertrand Fompeyrine

Behind the sleeping box is the bathroom, equipped with a shower and small sink.

Bertrand Fompeyrine© Bertrand Fompeyrine

Living in a small living space may seem like a deprivation, but in fact, it can be a creative design opportunity. As we’ve seen with so many well-designed tiny spaces, it’s possible to maximize any cramped space with some grand ideas. To see more, visit Batiik Studio.

[Via: Contemporist]

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Egg-shaped Escape Pod is a flexible small space for work & play

Whether it’s a guest cabin, an office shed or a backyard studio, we love tiny structures that are flexible and can be used to work from home or host a guest comfortably, without too much fuss.

That seems to be the intent behind the Escape Pod by British company Podmakers, which depending upon the configuration, can be made into a place for guests to sleep, or a place to set up a home office, or a place to socialize or meditate in the garden.

Podmakers© Podmakers

Designed by Dominic Ash and Jeremy Fitter — whose diverse experiences include creating Quaker furniture, treehouses and restoring boats — the distinctive ellipsoid-shaped unit is made out of birch ply and European oak, and covered in cedar shingles to allow it to blend into any natural environment.

Placed on a slightly elevated platform, the Pod has a aircraft style plug door that really gives the impression you are sealed off once you step up and go inside. Once in, one’s view is lifted up through the central skylight, a crowning touch that not only lights up the whole space, but also allows one to track the passage of the sun without going outside.

Podmakers© Podmakers

The designers say that the interior is adaptable, and can be customized in terms of window placement, electrical outlets, finishes, heating via woodstove or radiant underfloor heating, built-in benches, tables and so on.

Podmakers© Podmakers
Podmakers© Podmakers
Podmakers© Podmakers

There are so many tiny prefab designs out there that it’s hard to choose a favourite, but the main draw here is the Escape Pod’s non-orthogonal shape: the lack of corners gives a feeling of continuity and centred-ness that feels reassuring and well-placed. Prices start at £19,800 (USD $26,445), the Escape Pod can be either prefabricated and transported, or completely assembled on-site, depending on the particular requirements. For more information, visit Podmakers.

[Via: Contemporist]

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New Premium Themes: Small Business and Photo Blog

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Viagra factory fumes mean horny visitors to small Irish town ‘never leave’

Residents of Ringaskiddy in county Cork, on the southwest coast of Ireland, say emissions from the pharmaceutical giant are giving everybody a hard time… but they’re not complaining.

One wiff and you’re stiff,” said local barwoman Debbie to a Times journalist, simply looking into the company who will soon be offering the erectile dysfunction medication over the counter in Britain.

We’ve been getting the love fumes for years now for free,” reportedly added hairdresser Sadie, who also claimed outsiders often come to the town out of curiosity, “and then never leave.”

They settle down here. As they say, there’s something in the air — not that we need it, of course. But for some fellas with problems in that department it can be a blessing,” said Sadie.

The uplifting effects are not reserved for humans either: “even the dogs here have been known to walk around in a state of sexual excitement,” according to Fiona Toomey, a former Pfizer employee who once worked at the plant as a cleaner.

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I think that Viagra must have got into the water supply. I’m convinced that’s what happened at the very beginning before they were so closely regulated,” added Toomey.

Of course Pfizer says the claims are greatly exaggerated, at best: “Pfizer manufacturing facilities operate to the highest environmental standards… to ensure that emissions from manufacturing sites have no effect on human health or the environment,” said a spokeswoman for the pharmaceutical giant to RT.

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WATCH: Rogue Cop Drives Car Onto Sidewalk, Nearly Mows Down Small Child


New York, NY — An internal investigation has been launched after multiple videos have surfaced this week showing an NYPD police officer behaving recklessly and endangering multiple innocent lives, including children—by dangerously barrelling down a sidewalk—in his police cruiser.

On Wednesday afternoon, in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn, an NYPD police vehicle is recorded driving onto the sidewalk. The car plows down the busy sidewalk as pedestrians scramble to jump out of the way. As the video shows, a father is seen pulling his child out of the way of the vehicle as it nearly crushes him.

According to Breaking911.com, a police source confirmed that the officer continued to the NYPD’s 66 Precinct using his lights and sirens on 16th Avenue and 59th Street. He then backed the vehicle into an “angle-parking spot” used for police vehicles and walked into the building.

Because he simply walked into the building, and because it was the police station, we can assume that the “emergency” this cop will likely claim he was responding to was most likely minor, if real at all. The internal investigation is reportedly determining the nature of the response given this cop’s dangerous and reckless driving.

Given the fact that New Yorkers just experienced a horrific terror attack in which a man killed multiple people and wounded several others by plowing over them on a bike path, this officer’s careless operation of his vehicle becomes that much more abhorrent.

As TFTP has previously reported, New York cops are no strangers to using their police status and blue privilege to break traffic laws for convenience.

In a video submitted to us from an anonymous source in September, we see this blue privilege in action in New York and the result is nothing short of infuriating. If the average person wants to purchase a coffee at Starbucks, they, like everyone else, would have to park in a legal parking spot and then go inside—but not if you are a cop.

As the video begins, we see three NYPD police officers whose desire for coffee outweighed their concern for other people trying to drive on the road. Unconcerned with finding a parking spot, these officers simply parked their car in the middle of the road.

Had this been a rural area or a less busy street, perhaps it wouldn’t have been as insulting. However, this was a very busy street and police could not have cared less about creating a massive traffic problem by blocking an entire lane of traffic. After all—they had to get their Starbucks.

As the man filming shows, the officers are not responding to a call or an emergency and are only stopping for coffee. They clearly felt that their coffee was more important than all the other motorists trying to get to work or drop kids off at school or merely trying to drive somewhere without sitting in a senseless traffic jam caused by cops.

But the abuse of power and blue privilege doesn’t stop at coffee, it’s used for pizza too.

As TFTP reported earlier this month, in a gross abuse of power, a New York cop was caught on video blocking a bus stop—with his emergency lights engaged—to get pizza. Luckily, there was a vigilant citizen there to catch this peace officer on video as he broke the law to enjoy his lunch.

The embarrassed cop was shut down and subsequently fled with his tail between his legs in a fit of shame.

In spite of reporting this cop’s unlawful behavior, it appears that he and the team of cops who caused a traffic jam for their coffee have faced no punishment. We can only assume that the reckless cop who nearly plowed down children to reach his “emergency” will receive a similar response from superiors.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/insane-video-catch-cop-drive-onto-sidewalk-nearly-mow-mother-child/