By Chuck Tripp
It seems these days everyone is concerned about square footage. Is my house big enough? How much space do I need? Should we put in another bedroom?
Do we need an extra bath? Should we finish the basement? Should we add an extension? And so on and so forth. At Donald A. Gardner Architects we understand the challenges families face to maximize their living space to meet their unique needs. That’s one of the reasons we supply so many options for homeowners and builders. Over the years, and by following the latest trends, we have discovered a number of creative ways to maximize the living space you have in a small house. Here are a few examples:
We can all be pack rats. And clutter is the #1 enemy of living space. Many families, especially those with small kids, have tons of stuff, much of it old plastic toys or stuffed animals that have served their purpose.
Functional space is vertical, not just horizontal. There are lots of creative ways to “add space” between the furniture and the ceiling, including book cases, or hanging objects.
Remember, you are not bound by the walls within each room. You can build in little hideaways, storage cabinets, bookshelves, toy stashes, and more.
Open Things Up
Often times a home can be perceived as small or compartmentalized simply because of the room design—or by having too many small rooms. Opening up the sight lines and eliminating walls creates the impression of more space and better flow.
Lose The Hallways
Hallways are one of the biggest inhibitors of functional living spaces. Though they technically count as square footage, they generally serve no value to the living experience. By choosing floor plans that are open and minimize interior walls, you add to your home’s living space and visual appeal.