3 Small-home solutions
1. ON-DEMAND WATER HEATERS
You can save at least a third of your utility space if you forgo the bulky water heater tank that continually circulates water, costing you a fortune in electricity. Instead, consider installing water heater solutions that work only when you are in need of hot water. They can easily fit on the wall leaving no footprint on your utility or bathroom floor. As an added benefit, you will see a nice drop in your monthly electric bill.
2. LOADS OF LIGHT
It is the number one rule of all small-space dwellers: light gives you a sense of space. Install windows wherever you can. Large picture windows go nicely in living rooms, small windows can be tucked in between built-in furniture, and tubular skylights can bring natural light into hard-to reach corners. Make sure you also install light fixtures to keep things well-illuminated at night and stick to light color schemes throughout your design.
3. SPACE-SAVING BUILT-INS
We all know the importance of ample storage for house owners. You will find that with a small living space, creative built-in furniture will be your best friend. Use the space under your stairs as bookshelves and the steps as pull-out drawers for your everyday catch-alls. Murphy beds are an excellent solution for dual-purpose rooms and you can even hide them behind sliding bookcases or fold-out office desks.