Space Savers

While some peo­ple still sub­scribe to the “big­ger is bet­ter” mantra, for many cus­tomhome de­sign­ers, this is the age of small homes. De­spite a smaller space, there’s plenty of room for move­ment. We show you how to make the most of it in 3 steps.

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1. Cre­ate open space. 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. Don’t waste space. Two of the most no­to­ri­ous space-hog­ging of­fend­ers are for­mal liv­ing and din­ing rooms. Why? No­body uses them! They just be­come ex­tra spa­ces to fur­nish and clean. Think prac­ti­cally to avoid cre­at­ing the ill-fated dust­gath­er­ing room.

3. Fo­cus on the kitchen. 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.

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