One danger of looking around at condos is that one will inevitably lose their faith in humanity as they see stupid floor plan after stupid floor plan take up precious human living space. Even scarier is the knowledge that someone will buy these units, not knowing any better, and have their quality of life decreased by living in a poorly designed space.
The first such example I will post is from Trio. To be fair, Trio has a number of good floor plans, but the following is not one of them:
The first item that is noticeable about this 1×1 condo is the size of it: almost 870 sqft! When I first saw this, I was sure it would have a den or office somewhere in the floor plan. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed when I looked closer. What could have easily been a luxury 1 bed 1 bath unit has instead turned into yet another waste of space in Seattle. I admit that this floor plan might be perfect for someone with a large art collection they want to show off, but otherwise it seems to me that the huge entrance area is wasted. I have to keep asking myself: Who thought that a 1×1 condo needed a foyer?
As for fixing this mistake, I guess some portable walls could be put up to make something resembling a den. For a buyer who doesn’t care, it is always an option to have their computer, bills, papers, and office supplies be the first thing to greet visitors stepping into to their home, but for anyone else, a properly secluded home office or den is appreciated.
I also cannot understand that laundry room. How much dirty cloths can one or two people have?
Even sadder are the possibilities of what all that space could have been used for. Instead of the entrance being taken up for sheer nothingness, the bathroom could have been extended and possibly had a full 5 piece bath set installed. in the least, dual sinks or a large Jacuzzi style tub could have been put into place. The bathroom could be also be shifted down a bit and the large walk in closet enlarged. Making part of the laundry room into a nook is a potential use for it, but paying bills or writing blog entries is not going to be easy when sitting right next to a running washing machine or dryer.
Part of the units problems are due to lighting. Because there is no way to get light to the back of the unit it is not feasible to place a second bedroom anywhere. On the other hand a den or office does not require the same lighting that a bedroom does.