How to Squeeze the Most From a Small Space

With homes becoming more and more expensive to buy and run, more and more people are looking to make use of the space they have; and some are even downsizing in order to address the current economic need.  Whether you have an interesting in squeezing the most out of a small place in order to accommodate a new addition to your family or because your home is on the small side, this article is a great place to start.

GET MORE STORAGE

With places like Ikeas offering solutions for storage in small spaces perhaps creating storage in wasted spaces such as on top of units, around the bathroom sink and on top of kitchen cupboards is the answer.

MAKE BETTER USE OF THE AVAILABLE SPACE YOU HAVE

With some careful home improvements, you can maximise the space you already have in your home.  As an example, have you looked in your attic recently?  Perhaps by fitting loft boards, you can use this area for additional storage, but be aware that this area might not be completely damp free so make sure you only put items that will not be affected by damp here or ensure that you are able to adequately protect your items from damp.

CONVERT YOUR ATTIC

Leading on from fitting loft boards, if you are in need of an additional room, a full loft conversion could be the answer.  A loft conversion can make great use of that additional area under the roof that a lot of people leave as wasted space or a place of storage – the other thing to consider in converting your attic, though there is often a substantial investment attached to this; it will increase the value of your home as it will provide an extra bedroom.

REMODEL

When you can’t quite make do with the small space you have, it could be time to look at starting from the drawing board, or more likely, to consider building an extension.  Many people today are buying a small plot of land, adjacent to their home, in order to build an additional home, akin to a granny flat… or undertake a total overhaul and remodel where the existing building is demolished and a new building is created.

When looking to build a home on a small plot of land, the House Plan Shop could be a great source of inspiration as they design compact and practical living spaces that will point you in the right direction.  Often times, even though it seems counterintuitive, by rebuilding you can make better practical use of the space you have, resulting in much better storage and functional space.

CREATE AN OUTSIDE LIVING SPACE

If you don’t have enough space inside to entertain guests it’s time to consider moving outside; with the use of outdoor seating, heater lamps, and the use of a porch or gazebo for shelter you can make use of your outside space in most climates…. Pinterest is a great resource for image based inspiration on how to make a cosy outdoor living space.

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