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NEVER TOO SMALL ep.22 45sqm Tiny Apartment – Torquay Compartment Apartment

August 12, 2019

hi I’m Jane Graham from Winter
Architecture and this is my client Nick Russell this apartment is located above a shop
right in the heart of Torquay it’s a sort of a cream brick 1960 era block
with the shops underneath and two holiday apartments on top we lived in this apartment as a family
myself my wife Michelle and our two kids six-year-old Lucy and four-year-old
Edward when we first approached the space we looked at how we can get it to
work better and one of the ways of doing that was just changing some of the
doorway entrances it was more of an evolution process where we were all
engaged with the design to get it to a certain level and Kevin a carpenter
then applied another layer of detail to those and obviously the tight budget
meant we were looking at things like IKEA and then substituting them with
more local materials just trying to have that tweak that fine balance the idea of
the entrance is it’s quiet it’s cool it’s just a large opening space and
celebrate the existing entrance door with the readed glass and keep that
light that’s in that area coming through to the space so there’s a sense of
beyond I quite like those low-level
Scandinavian style unit with IKEA carcasses and cupboards but wrapped in
this really good quality birch ply a fairly low budget and also custom-built
five minutes long I was most impressed by the design changes in the kids room
Nick and Michelle would like to live here for a little bit of time so I was
thinking about how each child could have their own space by creating separate
levels to play with hierarchy within the room so that they could both see out the
window to the water there’s small curtains around each bed to create
privacy and they can choose to open and close with their own little bed lights
so underneath adds fed which is lower and can house longer-term storage and
then below in the taller bunk that is a hanging rail with for clothing and
wrapping the walls is a felt pin board that kids can pin their own art and
create their own individuality within the space and also the pin one is a
little bit acoustic so that they can scream a little bit and it sort of gets
absorbed and it’s it feels nice it’s cozier for them they really love it
Master bed was already in the living space as kids were in the smaller room
before we just had a normal bed frame sitting on the floor with things pushed
underneath and now we’ve got kind of like a platform or kind of bedroom so it
can transform from the bedroom to a daybed so we raised the platform have
storage underneath for things like your Mason guitar and then created a bed head
around the kitchen which means you can tuck the bedroom pillows away behind the
bed head in the day and then set it up as a daybed so so far the platform also
creates a beautiful line between what is public and what is private we’re going
for a sort of off-white tone fabric allows light to transmit through the
space so even though the curtain might be shut people in the dining area still
have secondary light coming through we put the main storage in between the
living zone and the children face and that creates a threshold between the two
the wardrobes are right here except we also have an additional little joinery
item a carpenter cave built kind of attachments to it and which kind of make
it all tie together most of the original features are maintained same thing with the old kitchen it’s a 2 by 4 kitchen we’ve lovingly restored it
so that it’s maintained part of that coastal holiday retreat we’re the original door to the bathroom
was we actually created a really large pantry for the kitchen between the
kitchen and the master bedroom space there’s a falldown table that comes from
a central pillar we’ve got that the yachting toggles and the piano
hinges and we use it all the time also the kids use it for crafts and play and
get involved in food prep the bathroom is the original bathroom but we’ve
retiled it and kept the original bath in the same location and we just put a new
vanity cabinet in and some kept it really simple the overall project value
was eighteen thousand dollars six thousand of that was materials as a team
I think we’ve done really well with a small budget in a short amount of time
whilst you’re all still living here right while we’re still living


  • Reply Marcus LeeP August 5, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    The apartment looks very nice….Thank you for sharing how small apartments can be…

  • Reply Miljana Mitic August 5, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    45m2 is not small. It is literally a standard one bedroom apartment. With high ceilings and enough space to create a loft area it is far bigger than the one I live in and mine is 49m2.

  • Reply Mary Watkins August 5, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    This is my favorite tiny apartment on the channel so far. The others are fascinating architecturally, but lack the warmth and homey feel of this space. This looks more lived in to me.

  • Reply William Remsen August 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Rooms to Go advertisement before this. 😂😂😂

  • Reply Mary Watkins August 5, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    My only quibble is that there's no door to the master bedroom.

  • Reply SANDRA CARMONA August 5, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Never to small.. I love it.. Thanks.

  • Reply poprockandcoffee August 5, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I particularly like this video. It's a lovely space, not sterile but not too crowded either. It looks lived in and the color palette is calming. Love the dining chairs, too! It adds a nice touch.

  • Reply Sternenguckerle yo August 5, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Enough for a one week holiday, but not for longer

  • Reply Pierrick Calvez August 5, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Loved it.

  • Reply youare bymyside August 5, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I like it. It's nice.

  • Reply Astried Yunita Hair August 5, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I really love this. Especially for the whole family. I would love to apply this kind of design for my small family.

  • Reply farah tarek August 5, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Very peaceful

  • Reply Dharam T August 5, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I like that they give their kids a their own room. Good parents.

  • Reply musicsavage August 5, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    And when the parents want to have sex, they are separated from the rest of the appartment (and the kids) by a semi-transparent curtain? Some architects here should really know better…

  • Reply Edric Hsu August 5, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Beautiful calming home space, and it doesn't look low-budget at all. Also, that gorgeous walk down to the beach from 00:08 is such a dream!

  • Reply MrValthier August 5, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Very very nice work!!! easy, affordable, clean, minimalist and practical. I would like to have an space like that!!!

  • Reply Hanno Rymerais August 5, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Thats a lovely flat. Very bright, feels quite roomy. But i dont like the curtain-separation.

  • Reply Tiadaghton37 August 5, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Too Sweet!

  • Reply Lin Framauro August 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Please buy your children a bigger aquarium with a waterpump an more plants for the goldfish

  • Reply Jan Kenwood August 5, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    But what about sex? How to do it there? Children will hear even his balls claping on her pusss.

  • Reply TerriTerriHotSauce August 5, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Jean Graham is a work of art herself.

  • Reply QueSeraSera August 5, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Reminds me of some of the Hong Kong designed apartments. Very clever use of space and body flow throughout.

  • Reply ana rocha dias August 5, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    although it is aesthetically very beautiful, i must say that the final space layout could have been improved considerably, even given the budget they had.
    the parent's space needs to be closed off, privacy for the couple should be very important, regardless if they are having sex or not, and no, a curtain does not offer the necessary privacy.
    another thing, the kids' bedroom will not work once they reach puberty, but maybe they only intend on living here for some years
    great video nonetheless 🙂

  • Reply U Pipe August 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    oh its 484 sq ft.

  • Reply r August 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Another great episode. Keep it up!

  • Reply r August 5, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    As someone who lives in a similar size condo, it is impressive how the architect made room for the entire family without it feeling crowded and claustrophobic. I really like the clean look while maintaining and even adding more storage in such a small space.

  • Reply xProject with Me August 5, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Just being financially free… that is something that everybody would like to have, but u have to start somewhere.
    We build a inlaws/tiny house/ casita on our back yard. Will be sharing our story soon.

  • Reply RSP Shout August 5, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    This works for them which is great, but I'd personally suffer having so little private space as an adult, even if it was my own family.

  • Reply J W. August 5, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Luv the whole apartment. Great design.

  • Reply Prabowo Murti August 5, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Nice post as always. I am just wondering how often they use the dining table? Because it will be nice e if it is foldable and the room / space can be used for something else

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  • Reply M E P R August 5, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, tastefully done, still kept the spirit of the original place and for AUS18K that is fantastic. To put that into perspective, that is pretty much what the average large bathroom would cost you to renovate in London.
    Love it…humble, considered, thoughtful, honest about its materials. Completely livable. More like this please!

  • Reply Tom D August 5, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    I wouldn't feel comfortable keeping a dog confined to such a small space, and they've got two kids in there. Insane to me, children need space!

  • Reply Nerdklatsche August 5, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Great video on what is becoming my favorite channel on Youtube! Also a great apartment but…with no extra door I imagine it might be difficult to get some 'private time' for the parents, if you know what I mean…

  • Reply Natasha C August 5, 2019 at 9:36 pm


  • Reply SoloC852 August 5, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Lovely space

  • Reply Cindy Nunery August 5, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Very cozy with great energy! I love it……. especially the kitchen.

  • Reply Saulo Bitencourt Gommidy August 5, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Beautiful place.. 👍🏻❤️

  • Reply Rex Co August 6, 2019 at 12:09 am

    The pillow compartment is so Eileen Gray! 👌

  • Reply Nadya Safira August 6, 2019 at 1:12 am

    beautiful space, i love the lights coming in every room

  • Reply C Me August 6, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Love it! Great use of space.

  • Reply Alex Li August 6, 2019 at 2:06 am

    They did an absolutely fantastic job designing and building the space! I genuinely thought it was going to cost two legs and, maybe, an arm, but the cost is realistic and achievable, a fact which really inspires me to see how I might do a project like this in the future! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Sarah H August 6, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Absolutely adore this channel! It brings a sense of comfort and calm. Thank you for your incredible productions. Bell icon is switched on!! 🌅🌄

  • Reply Kate Challis August 6, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Love this. What a superb renovation – beautiful and functional. Just shows that if something is done mindfully that you don't need a lot of space or money/

  • Reply Andrew Darlington August 6, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Wow every video from this channel makes me feel amazing! Good work!

  • Reply Anneliese Herbosa August 6, 2019 at 3:05 am

    That felt pin board is super cool, and multi functional!

  • Reply Jamil Gannaban August 6, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Do you have videos with a 25sqm home?

  • Reply Indra Adi August 6, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Very nice video 👍

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  • Reply Jay Qin August 6, 2019 at 3:39 am

    very pretty apartment design

  • Reply Daryl Espenilla August 6, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Nowadays, we should be practical. Small space gives you more time and more savings!

  • Reply astari karina August 6, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Been waiting for your new episode ❤️

  • Reply Shalieah August 6, 2019 at 4:39 am

    This home is just lovely. It’s perfect.

  • Reply Sandi August 6, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Sleek, clean and beautiful. It is extremely spacious with the children's space ideal location/ I like the walls for children's art. Beautiful scenery near the water&nature. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful week.

  • Reply Brenda Kirkland August 6, 2019 at 5:03 am

    I’m overjoyed at finding this channel because it’s entertaining & informative in the most mature & thoughtful way. Thanks Never Too Small 🏡

  • Reply Nadaabby August 6, 2019 at 5:09 am

    I love the space and how each space were explained. The video is calming in a way.

  • Reply Mr Yulvan August 6, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Nice but less privacy..

  • Reply undLiebeZitrone August 6, 2019 at 6:06 am

    the idea with the felt wallpaper in the kid‘s room is genius. and it looks so good !

  • Reply Viktor Lustey August 6, 2019 at 6:35 am

    This is inspiring and calming piece. Guys I am new here but watched everything in a few hours. The Chanel is brilliant, the content is unique and very well timed, it is very performing to watch so you do not get bored by the same back and forth around the house. Create and develop, you guys are awesome!

  • Reply sah bear August 6, 2019 at 6:43 am

    This is good. I’m going to steal some ideas for my apartment

  • Reply milidia stafford August 6, 2019 at 6:48 am


  • Reply Tanya August 6, 2019 at 7:29 am

    What a light touch. Restrained simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Stunning.

  • Reply Bernadette Tan August 6, 2019 at 8:06 am

    like this renovation, understated, clean lines and still spacious for 4 people! Good work!

  • Reply jupiter is a bean August 6, 2019 at 8:25 am

    this is so cool

  • Reply PokeMe August 6, 2019 at 8:28 am

    My apartment is 42sqm and I live alone >.<

  • Reply suchetan mok August 6, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I feel TV position is bit wrong

  • Reply ReggieLouise August 6, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Great reno, gives me hope for my small apartment. Well done team!

  • Reply Htebazile Arm August 6, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply madouchka 07 August 6, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Un appartement froid blanc sans charme

  • Reply Isaac Richards August 6, 2019 at 10:55 am

    What a fantastic practical small space for a family of four. I think the details are amazing! KUDOS

  • Reply lipstickprincess1 August 6, 2019 at 11:04 am

    It looks cold and cramped.

  • Reply CB GB August 6, 2019 at 11:33 am

    I found it really weird how the architect spoke as if she lived there. Having not paid full attention to the opening introductions, I thought she was his wife right until the end and was wondering who the red haired lady was.

  • Reply Ivan Jaen August 6, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Looks awesome but I wonder what people do for privacy in these spaces. You know what I mean.

  • Reply Fanatka288 August 6, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Wait, is this small? For me this is a standard two bedroom apartment…

  • Reply 356318 August 6, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    who really wants to live like that? horrible… Privacy is needed…

  • Reply Rosina Lau-Miller August 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Love the overall design but I don’t feel comfortable having my bedroom in the middle of the living room. I would swap the bed with the dining table and install partitions or order a Murphy bed such that the kids have room to play while the parents are in the living room. Imagine you have guests for dinner and they will be looking at the bedroom even with the drape which cuts out the natural light and lovely view. Just a thought. The color scheme is calming and refreshing.

  • Reply work moose August 6, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    sorry … but this house give me depression maybe cause of the music also ..don't know ?

  • Reply justling7 August 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm


  • Reply Antonio August 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    what about when the kids need their own room

  • Reply Daria Szk August 6, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Cold n offputting

  • Reply nedaa jassaim August 6, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    i love how clear they sound , and how the space shows it

  • Reply AS 7TR August 6, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Can you please next time when you add the video , explain where this is? when I saw the title "TORQUAY APARTMENT", as British citizen, I thought it's in Torquay in Devon, UK… but turn out it's somewhere else… it's very confusing and felt disappointed at the same time… I lived in Torquay , Devon Uk before….

  • Reply Carol Davies August 6, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    First time I've watched your videos, realy beautifully done. ..good job you live where you do as you have some outside space, it's a great way of using a small place and very informative for those of us who have no idea it could look so beautiful. .well done guys

  • Reply Michael Mercurio August 6, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Genius use of space! Bravo

  • Reply The Main Event August 7, 2019 at 12:37 am

    But its an apartment….why put all of the time, money + effect into a place that's not owned by the inhabitants. Only houses should be customized.

  • Reply Chuck August 7, 2019 at 5:25 am

    always excited to see a new upload from you!

  • Reply Kabadjangan Panaytayon August 7, 2019 at 5:32 am

    45sqm is small?

  • Reply Князь Владимирский August 7, 2019 at 5:48 am

    кровати у окна – это полный бред. дальше смотреть нет смысла

  • Reply ACATALEPSYEPIPHANY Wanderlust August 7, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Our house is just 21sqm with me, mom and sis living at the same roof. And honestly sometimes I want an alone time which is imposible because we only have one room that we three share. When Me and my sister fight is the worse since when we hate to see each others face all we can do was close our eyes because we can see each other in every corner we try to go. We fight sometimes on who goes to the bathroom first and who sleep on the left side of the bed. Lol now my big sis is married and moved in her husbands house I kinda miss our small fights hahahaha

  • Reply HomeTheatreJunkie 71 August 7, 2019 at 11:11 am

    BWAHAHAHA MY MEDIA ROOM IS 26 sqm! Sucks to be you!

  • Reply Twe Foju August 7, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    45sqm is too small for a family tbh, 80-100sqm is the best size for an apartment, but nice home nevertheless!

  • Reply Max L. August 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    45 метров — ровно, как 2к хрущевка с проходной комнатой. Убираешь перегородку между кухней и комнатой и получаешь практически то, что на плане в видео.

  • Reply Jeanette Harvey August 7, 2019 at 8:29 pm


  • Reply João Vieira August 7, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    This might not be the fanciest design around here, but it is so nice that they could revalue such place with such a short budget. Makes me happy

  • Reply Rohan Pavgi August 8, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I'm only worried about that dinning table.. Imagine, if that door on which that table rests get accidentally kicked while having some food over it.

  • Reply Emma Emerson August 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Only good for a few more years.. A boy and girl should have their own bedrooms… And no privacy for the parents if a child gets up to use the bathroom at night… Just good short term.. But very nice in appearance..unless this is just for summer vacations?

  • Reply EJ Huang August 8, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    not keen on bed next to kitchen
    the smell… otherwise looks nice!

  • Reply princess Luna kusuma August 9, 2019 at 3:53 am

    eww so their kids could hear when theyre having sex ??? i mean its only curtain lmao

  • Reply Carlo Ledesma August 9, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Love it!!

  • Reply V PR August 11, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you. I wished it had a way to move the daybed somehow out of the way…

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