Small Spaces are a Big Thing

Cambridge MA small space renovation

The Tiny House Movement is catching on across the country as a way to minimize your environmental footprint and free yourself from the financial burden of purchasing and maintaining more house than you really need. As the Movement states on its website, “The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet.”

Few of our client want to live in a home that is quite that small, but we are seeing great interest in remodeling small homes to maximize space, rather than building big additions or moving to big houses in search of square footage. The high price of real estate in the Boston area, coupled with the region’s older housing stock, often make a smaller home a given. Nonetheless, many of our clients savor the convenience of living in efficient spaces where every foot is used effectively.

Small House Transformation is one of the most viewed galleries on our website and many of you have taken the time to read blog posts dedicated to small spaces, including Make the Most of a Tight Entryway, The Beauty of Built-Ins to Maximize Space, and Small Space Renovation: Living Large in a Small Space.

If you live in a small home, you may also be interested in this slideshow from Houzz. It has been on the site since 2014, but  is well worth viewing (and reading on the Houzz website) because of the emphasis on creating flexible spaces that do double (or triple) duty. We love living in a home that embodies many of points made in this slide show! Just click any of the images to go to the full article on Houzz.


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Make the Most of a Tight Entryway

When you, your family and guests first enter your home, how are you greeted? Is there a place for you to sit down and pull off snowboots or put heavy parcels down? Is there a clearly defined place to hang coats, place a wet umbrella or place a handbag?

An entryway is a gracious and convenient transition space before entering the primary living areas, but what if your home does not have an official entryway? When we renovated our compact, Victorian-era home we extended an interior wall by just one foot to create more of an entry area near the front door. We also changed the front door so it swings out, opening up space for an efficient storage unit. A sunken entry rug prevents trips, while unobtrusively trapping moisture and dirt.



We switched to a space-saving Runtal radiator in the entry area to accomodate a small bench for removing shoes or setting down mail and packages.

For more ways to create an entryway, please scroll through the slide show from Houzz that we embedded below. Just click any image to go to the full article on

For more information about Morse Constructions or to discuss your renovation plans, please give us a call at 617-666-4460 or contact us online.


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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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Morse Named Regional Winner in National Remodeling Awards


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The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Morse Constructions 2015 Regional Winner, Region 1 Northeast, in the Residential Interior $75,000 to $150,000 category of its annual awards competition. Morse Constructions won for its work maximizing small space on the first floor of a Cambridge, MA home. See photos and read our blog post about the project

We are very proud of our work and are honored that the judges agreed that this project is truly special. Just look at the Before and After photos below to get a sense for how the remodel completely transformed the space:


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The awards judging is based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty. Regional CotY TM Winners will now advance as finalists at the national level.   

Regional winners will be honored and National winners will be announced at NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM reception on Friday, April 17 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The national awards are a bit like the Oscars for the remodeling industry, so we are thrilled just to be included among the national nominees!

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