four ways to make the most of small spaces
One spectacular small home — and what makes it work.
1 AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN provides clear visual connections throughout the home’s interior spaces, which keeps it from feeling confined. A casual dining space placed in the center of the main living area is positioned next to a wall of windows and sliding doors, giving an impression of depth and openness. The living room next to the dining space is also positioned under a vaulted ceiling, adding to the airy, spacious feeling.
2 ABUNDANT NATURAL LIGHT is a key element for helping modest spaces feel more expansive. Every opportunity for filling this timber getaway with light was taken advantage of; glass walls, tucked-in windows in the kitchen and loft areas and natural paint hues on the walls and ceiling (great for reflecting light) all contribute to the sense of openness and airiness.
3 EXTRA ROOM DEVOTED TO AREAS THAT CAN ENHANCE COMFORT is valuable even in small homes. Here, the open loft space above features a private sitting area while the second-level bedroom houses a hidden sleeping nook, bringing added sleep space and a touch of whimsy to the house.
4 OUTDOOR ACCESS INCREASES THE LIVABLE FOOTPRINT OF THE HOME in good weather. Sliding doors in the living room and dining space open onto the spacious back deck, while the small front porch adds a modest amount of protected square footage for enjoying the great outdoors.
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