In Real Living Magazine's Real Makeover section for May 2012, RL helped brothers Steven and John Brian Vilbar renovate the attic bedroom they share. Studio 10.48's principal designer, Lisa Salvador, and interns Katrina Noelle Recomite and Camille Jessica Masiglat joined forces to turn the boys' cramped room into a proper living space.

If you plan on updating your own small room at home, check out these tips from Studio 10.48!


1. PRESERVE YET UPDATE AN EXISTING FEATURE.

In the Vilbars' case, John and Steven's parents didn't want the wooden ceiling and walls remade. The studio team granted their wish, but they also tore down a built-in, messy-looking dresser that was in the room.


2. ALLOT AN AREA FOR EVERY ACTIVITY.

Before, the room only served as a sleeping area. The designers maximized the room by incorporating areas for play and study.

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To see the full makeover and get more tips, grab a copy of Real Living Magazine's May 2012 issue, out on stands now! You can also subscribe to the magazine's digital edition.

Also in this issue:
• 91 Money-Saving Solutions
• 23 Budget Home Ideas
• "Help! How will I store my hundreds of shoes?"

(Photo by Vincent Coscolluela)

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