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3 Small-home so­lu­tions

Timber Home Living - - Contents - — Bryce Cochran

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.

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