Living Large in a Tiny Apartment

Think you don’t have enough space? You might be surprised!  We loved a recent story on Houzz about transforming 225 square feet into a fully functional apartment. The key is a storage wall that serves as a Swiss Army Knife of function. A bed, table, computer screen, wardrobe, audio visual equipment and more simply slide out of the storage wall when in use.

You can see the images in this slide show display. Simply click on any image to view the full story on


 To find out more about maximizing small space, check out some of our previous blog posts:

 We love coming up with creative ways to maximize space. Please contact us if you would like to transform your own home in the Boston metro area!

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The Beauty of Built-Ins to Maximize Space

Are you looking to add storage space to your home without adding square footage? Consider built-ins.

Well-designed built-ins are the ultimate combination of form and function. They add visual interest, while providing essential work or storage space that makes use of every square inch available.

Built-ins that are crafted as part of an overall renovation can be tucked between walls, under eaves, under stairs or in other, often overlooked, areas. We made extensive use of built-ins to maximize space in the small Cambridge, MA home pictured below. The built-in in the children's room took the place of an armoire that would have eaten up valuable floor space, while the stairway bookcase provides an interesting visual element in addition to a home for the owners' books.

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In this den in a Back Bay home, we created a built-in desk and entertainment area, separated by a door. The built-ins provide visual continuity with the home's molding and doors -- as well as with each other. The result is a seamless look that would have been extremely difficult to achieve with furniture.



For more inspiration, we are pleased to share an article from Houzz called "Space Savers: Consider the Beauty of Built-Ins." Please click any image to view the whole article on Houzz, or click through the slide show using the arrows at the bottom of the slide show frame.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss the best ways to maximize space by renovating your home!

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Make the Most of Small Spaces

Small is big right now. The media has been filled with stories about microapartments in cities from Boston to San Francisco. Recently, the Boston Globe even reported on a student who lived in a 130 square foot cottage in the middle of the Hampshire College green as part of a class project.

While most of us will probably not live in a space as small as 130 square feet, there is widespread interest in living more efficiently. At Morse Constructions, we’re definitely finding that more homeowners want to maximize their existing space rather than add on square footage.

How do you make the most of your space? Here a few tips:

Use an open floor plan: Hallways eat up valuable floor space, so your best bet may be to simply do away with them. Remove non-weight bearing walls to allow one room to flow into the next. An open floor plan will make your space feel bigger.

Reduce door swing:  Replace traditional interior doors with sliding panels or pocket doors that tuck out of the way when not in use. You can make better use of the space on either side of the door if you don’t have to worry about accommodating door swing.

Choose built-in storage: Overhead storage or built-in cabinetry use space far more efficiently than stand-alone units that clog up walking and living areas. For maximum space efficiency, consider notching out a non-load bearing wall and creating a storage nook or small reading alcove.

Think vertical: Are you making the best use of your walls? Floor-to-ceiling shelving or storage is wonderfully practical, yet can be visually stunning, as seen in this photo.

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Expand outside: Just look outside if you want more living space without increasing your home’s interior footprint. A patio, deck or porch will expand your living and entertaining areas during the warm weather for a fraction of the cost of building a full-fledged addition. When temperatures drop, you’ll be glad not to be heating extra square footage!

Need more ideas? Contact us about your project!

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Cambridge Renovation Featured on Houzz Story on Color

A few years ago, we completed a colorful renovation for a family who wanted to make the most of the space in their small Cambridge home. You can see photos of the renovation and learn a little more about it in our Small House Transformation gallery.

We were delighted to see a photo from the project featured in an article on entitled "Color Guide: How to Work with Primary Colors." Take a look at this slide show from the story! Just click on a photo caption to go to the full story on and move the slide show forward using the arrow button at the bottom. (Our photo is this one)




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