Despite a smaller space, there’s plenty of room for movement. We show you how to make the most of it with 3 timber home space savers.
Load up on multipurpose rooms: a family or game room; a great room with combined space for living, dining and cooking; and a loft that doubles as a guest bedroom are popular spaces to expand square footage while combining functions. This design strategy is collectively called “open planning,” because it eliminates unnecessary interior walls, which also helps reduce cost. 2.
Everybody congregates in the kitchen. Cooking and eating are very social activities, so an eat-in kitchen is a typical wish-list contender. If you frequently host parties, groom your kitchen for this type of activity by installing two dishwashers and two sinks to lessen the amount of time you spend on cleanup. A large pantry for additional storage is another good use of space.
“I advise my clients to build a house that’s one-third smaller than what they’d planned, but just as expensive,” says Sarah Suzanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House book series. “The extra money can go into quality, character and style.”