Mon 17 Sep 2018
You can still achieve BIG even if you’re living small. Or, perhaps you’re just bursting at the seams and need help maximising on your house space…
Add a room
Make the most of your available space by turning an unused dining room into another bedroom or a cosy den. If your home has high ceilings investigate adding a mezzanine floor to create a cool study space or to store off season clothes. Explore the possibility of creating a downstairs cloakroom under the stairs or maybe your master bedroom could manage a chic freestanding bath under the window?
Installing floor-to-ceiling bookcases and adding shelving above doors is a brilliant way of displaying books or spare towels and will have the added effect of helping to draw the eye upwards. Use stylish matching baskets and label them for easy access. If possible, build a neat breakfast bar across a kitchen window for those hurried school morning breakfasts or design a homework station.
Open plan living
It’s obvious to explore the possibility of opening up adjoining rooms but it’s easy to overlook creative alternatives such as utilising glass partitions or curtains to create separate zones. Replacing traditional hinge doors with sliding ones could also add an on-trend rustic style whilst still remaining practical.
Fixtures, furniture & finishing touches
Low furniture can help create an illusion of space. Try a smaller 2-seater sofa or a love seat rather than a dominant 3-seater sofa. Don’t be tempted to oversize your bed as this will limit other practical items such as bedside tables, chest of drawers or an occasional chair. Keep the number of materials simple and the palette neutral and you will find the rooms will flow into each other seamlessly.
If you don’t use the garage for your car, contemplate partitioning it off into sections thereby creating a garden room or playroom overlooking the garden, with the front section dedicated for storage. Perhaps the style of your property and garden lends itself to adding a veranda or a decking area. Pods and summer houses are an obvious alternative for adding sheltered space.
We work with homeowners as they plan, think about or struggle to sell their homes by advising them how to make their home stand out from its competition, and how to achieve the best price.