Architect Works Tirelessly To Transform Abandoned Public Toilets Into A Dream Apartment
Ian Marsh
Aug 29, 2018
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We all have hopes and dreams that we would absolutely love to see become a reality. Dreams that some might deem unlikely because they're sort of, well, "out there". But the truth is, if we don't at least try to pursue our wildest dreams, they will never get the opportunity they deserve to become a reality. And that would be a real shame.

Supposedly farfetched dreams and aspirations are what keep us motivated and keep us trying to better ourselves and our position in life. They give us to have a sense that success is attainable and if we work hard towards whatever it is that we're passionate about, we could perhaps fulfill our greatest desires.

And what better example is there of a dreamer who turned her vision into an unexpectedly striking reality than Laura Clark? Yep, Clark is a very talented architect who managed to transform an underground public restroom (I know, right?) into the house of her dreams.

This incredibly ambitious and creative project paid off big time and this is how it all started:

Laura Clark is a Britsh architect and specializes in residential conversions, extensions, and new buildings. Aside from her work in construction, Clark also works with other artists designing furniture and interior items. She has also collected several awards throughout her career, in celebration of her innovative and creative approach to design.

It was back in 2005, when Clark first moved to London, that she first noticed abandoned toilets. "I've always loved the idea of micro-regeneration," she explained. "For me, that's about saving sites with an interesting history of which have been abandoned and forgotten," she told The Telegraph.

Laura Clark isn't the only one who is making properties out of abandoned restrooms. Ambitious business owners are turning some of London's grottiest public toilets into cafs and restaurants:

When Clark told her loved ones that she was planning to turn used public lavatories into a one-bedroom apartment, their reactions weren't the best. Some of them found the idea laughable and others found it horrific, quite frankly. However, not for a single second did Clark consider not going ahead with her plans.

The restrooms, in the Crystal Palace neihgborhood in London, were originally built in 1929 and were last used in the 1980s. In order to turn this abandoned site into a promising construction project, a lot of demolition and cleaning had to be done.

Working with the workers and builders, Laura embarked on a long journey to create what she was ultimately hoping would be a cozy home.

"I ended up doing a lot of the laboring work myself because it was such horrid, hard work that I struggled to keep people on the job," said Laura.

Then finally, after many months of blood, sweat, and tears and an expenditure of $65,000, the project was finished and what used to be an abandoned public restroom had actually been transformed into a modern and stylish one-bedroom apartment.

Clark and her hard-working team managed to take an old, gloomy restroom and turned into to this very bright apartment with a canopy bed and a full-sized mirror.

As well as the undeniably stunning bedroom, this modern apartment has everything you could want in a home - a living room with a massive, homely bookshelf, a kitchen with all the necessary equipment, and even a small garden.

Not to mention this gorgeous gold-leaf bathroom, another example of how a seemingly hopeless case and be totally and utterly transformed beyond recognition by an insanely talented artist.

Who'd have thought that an abandoned restroom could actually become the setting for a beautiful home? And it's Laura's determination and resilience that turned the project into a stunning reality.

Laura Clark is a true inspiration for anyone who is planning to get started on their own ambitious project. Even if your dream seems unattainable and you're not getting the support you were hoping for, do a Laura Clark and never give up.

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