From Dean Dowd on August 03, 2010 in General Remodel
Feeling a little cramped in your quarters? Before throwing in the towel and moving out, take a look at these 5 ways to get the most out of the square footage you already have. After all, improving is far easier than moving.
#1 Get rid of hallways
Its unanimous. Trends show that hallways are out and open-air spaces are in. If your home is already small, then theres no need to compartmentalize with unnecessary passageways. Keep everything open, and your rooms will feel bigger as a result.
#2 The beauty of sliding doors
Rather than eat away valuable square footage with traditional doors, install pocket or wall-mounted sliding doors instead. You gain three to four square feet instantly per door. This also helps section off entire rooms (or parts of rooms) for added privacy without having to allow for the clearance of a swinging door.
#3 Build up, not out
So your floor plan is tiny, but are you utilizing your vertical space? Homes with tall ceilings and windows to match can feel spacious, even without the floor space to go along with it.
#4 Make every space work double-time
Why use up the space you do have with rooms not occupied on a daily basis (i.e. formal dining rooms)? Let each space serve more than one purpose so that efficiency becomes the rule. Kitchens, for instance, can serve as a cooking space, gathering spot, dining room or homework area. The possibilities are endless. Brainstorm a second or even third use for each room, and youre on your way to multifunctional heaven.
#5 Add the outside to your square footage
Oftentimes, small spaces can mean cozy comfort, so dont go trading in for a bigger pad just yet. See how you can rock out your own.