The gorgeous and modern makeover of a Shanghai family’s formerly dark, cramped and cluttered Shikumen neighborhood home has attracted awe online.
Yuan Zhou lives in the aging three-story home with his wife, son and two elderly parents. Each floor measures only around 12 square meters, with a one-square-meter bathroom and a 1.6-square-meter attic for a bit of extra space.
Yuan’s hemophilia has left him wheelchair-bound, which made it all the more difficult for him to maneuver the tiny living quarters before the renovation. Because he couldn’t use the stairs, he had to sleep in a makeshift space on the bottom floor, CCTV News reports.
Upon learning the family’s story, designer Wang Pingzhong of Ping Design Studio in Shanghai agreed to give the fixer-upper a go. After days of drafting floor plans and negotiating with neighbors, he began by tearing out the damp floors and elevating the foundation of the house.
Workers then added an extra staircase so the family no longer had to share with neighbors. All of the furniture, fixtures and appliances were replaced with more modern pieces and placed to maximize space.
Because the home was so tucked away and dark, Wang decided to take down some of the concrete walls and replace them with glass, adding another skylight for additional natural light. To top it off, the designer installed a hydraulic elevator so that Yuan could access all parts of the home with ease.
According to toutiao.com, the renovations cost 320,000 RMB in total. Yuan used around 80,000 yuan from the family’s life savings while the rest was funded by the “Dream Home Transformation” program and sponsors.
Check out the amazing end result below.
[Images via toutiao.com]