In the current economy, large homes are less and less attractive. Many homeowners are staying in their smaller homes. As families grow and needs change, these smaller homes can feel cramped. A well-designed remodeling project can make the important rooms in the house feel bigger and more functional, though.
Small homes can benefit from open floor plans. Removing walls between the kitchen and dining room to make a larger, more family-friendly eating and socializing area. Using wide wooden floors that run the length of the home gives the impression of depth. Different ceiling treatments can divide spaces without requiring walls.
Small bathrooms can be the most challenging rooms in the home to expand. The bathtub is the first source of potential space saving. Some homeowners choose to remove the bathtub and replace it with a larger-than-average shower stall. A larger, more luxurious shower can still be relaxing and save valuable floor space. Smaller sinks, toilets and vanities can also expand the floor space in a small bathroom. Using larger floor tiles can also make a small bathroom feel larger.
Making a small kitchen feel larger is all about choices. Maximizing storage space may reduce the space available for larger appliances. Creating a breakfast bar or eat-in nook can remove the space required for cabinets. There are a few simple tricks that can maximize space and space utilization. It’s difficult to use all the space in cabinets. Lazy Susans and roll-out shelves can make the entire depth of the cabinets available for storage. Many appliance makers make refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens with smaller footprints. Lighter colors make rooms feel larger and as in the bathroom, larger floor tiles give the illusion of space.
Small homes can be challenging, but with careful design, thoughtful appliance selection and a few optical illusions can make small homes open, spacious and functional. Contact our design team to see how we can help make your small space live large.