When Remodelista contributing editor Meredith Swinehart began planning for a big move from her longtime San Francisco Victorian apartment into her boyfriend’s early 2000s condo in nearby Emeryville, she started by scoping out available real estate for her furniture and essentials: a niche for her rolling desk, pantry shelves for her baking tools, and empty wall space for favored artwork. But there wasn’t an obvious available spot—or any spot at all—for one particularly unglamorous necessity: the litter box for her two cats.
On the plus side, the new digs had a dedicated laundry closet—a major improvement from the SF apartment’s coin-op basement laundry—and, almost fortuitously, its existing washer and dryer had seen better days. So Meredith and her boyfriend agreed to upgrade the appliances with a stacking set, buying the cats some unobtrusive toilet space in the process. Let’s take a look at the transformation.