Home Design: How to Make the Most of Existing Space

When our house is not working for us, many of us have a knee-jerk reaction that we need more space. In many cases, however, what we really need is better space -- space that supports how we actually live our lives.

To pack lots of living into your existing space, consider the following when planning a renovation:

 

Flexibility
Think about all the different uses that you would like to make of the space before beginning a remodeling project. Do you want to use the kitchen as a place to do homework or pay bills as well? Will the family room also serve as an exercising or entertaining area? Could the space under the stairs also be used for storage or as a reading nook? To squeeze the most living out of your space, explore the possibility of having it perform multiple functions.

 

Adaptability
Children grow up, grandchildren come, we get older or get new hobbies ... your spaces can accommodate your ever-changing life. Think about your needs today and a decade or two from now when planning a renovation.

 

Efficiency
A room must be easy to use. You shouldn't have to walk around obstacles or get down on the floor to access important storage. There should be clear paths into and out of your space.

 

Smart Storage
With careful planning, it is possible to discover all kinds of untapped storage spaces without expanding a home's footprint. Storage can be tucked into niches or unused corners, around doors, and even hidden beneath stair treads.

 

This Houzz Ideabook highlights 1,000 to 1,500 square foot homes with big personalities. It's a great way to see the potential for lots of living in smaller spaces. Just click any image to go to the Ideabook on Houzz or use the arrows at the bottom of each image to scroll through the slide show.

 

 

Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help you make the most of existing space.

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