A major home renovation in Shanghai has Chinese internet users abuzz.
The Zhou family’s three-floor home in Shanghai’s Shikumen neighborhood was tiny and difficult to navigate. Each floor was about 12 square meters (129 square feet) and the bathroom was only one square meter (11 square feet). An attic provided an additional 1.6 square meters (17 square feet) but the family was still stretched for space.
The family of five — comprised of Yuan Zhou, his wife, son, and elderly parents — also had to aid Yuan Zhou, who is disabled and has hemophilia, making it impossible to climb the stairs. Yuan Zhou slept on the bottom floor to avoid the stairs and sharing a room with his parents, which meant his father had to sleep in the closet.
The task wasn’t easy.
The family home shares the same stairs with their neighbors, and so any renovation needed their neighbors’ approval. After a lot of back and forth, Wang revised his drafts several times until they agreed.
Want also wanted to install an elevator so Yuan Zhou didn’t have to climb stairs, however the size of the house didn’t allow for the elevator that Wang had originally designed.
Wang stayed up for nights to redesign his plans and finally come up with a solution.
GROUND FLOOR AFTER
The ground floor of Zhou’s house often got flooded and was extremely damp, so Wang elevated foundation of the house and added a waterproof.
Wang built a separate stairway and doors so Yuan Zhou didn’t have to share the stairs with his neighbors anymore.
DOORS AND WALLS AFTER
The home was very dark, so Wang replaced the concrete doors and front wall with glass and added a skylight to provide more natural light.
The old house was built in 1911, and Wang wanted to let some of the original bricks remain to honor the history of the house.
The Zhou Family was in shock after seeing their “new” home.
From CCTV AMERICA.
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It is truly heartening to watch how the re-design of a home for a family of five can make such a positive impact in their lives. The turning point for this family is a result that proves good design really can make a difference to our life.
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