A big award for a 500-square-foot space.

BuildingLab1Photo by Muffy Kibbey. 

Congratulations to the team at Building Lab on receiving the Grand Award 2012 from Remodeling magazine. Designers Stephen Shoup, Hide Kawato and Chris Rogers created an au pair suite out of an unused space under a garage in San Francisco, Calif. 

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Theatre Sofa and Chair and Pool Coffee Table from DWR. Photo by Muffy Kibbey.

The homeowners worked with Eric Hildebrandt at the DWR Potrero Studio to select the perfect complements to the space, including a Theatre Sofa in custom leather and the Pool Coffee Table. "It's a tiny jewel box of craftsmanship that has all the essentials of living, sleeping, eating, and bathing contained in less than 500 square feet," said the judges.

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Sleeping, cooking and storage functions are nested into a wall of cabinetry to maintain the clean open aesthetic of the space. To transform it into a fully functioning studio apartment, simply open the large pocket door and lower the Murphy bed.