February 18th, 2020
Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to our homes. However, small homes can feel cramped without the right layout, plenty of storage space, and thoughtful design. If you are looking to make your small home function like a much larger home, there are some great renovation ideas that can create extra space. Here are six of our favorites:
1. Add Built In Storage
Storage is one of the biggest issues when dealing with a smaller home. However, every home has nooks and crannies that can be utilized for extra storage. Some great ideas include adding a bookshelf or storage closet under your stairs, pull-out storage hidden in your walls, and entryway storage units.
2. Use Uniform Flooring
Using the same flooring throughout the home can create the illusion of a larger space. So consider running wood flooring, tile, or carpeting uninterrupted throughout your home. This renovation will also reduce the unlevel thresholds between rooms which can be unsightly and often times a tripping hazard.
3. Open Up Your Floor Plan
Consider knocking down some of the walls that separate your rooms. Open floor plans feel a lot larger, plus you’ll gain a few extra feet from where the walls once were. Just make sure to work with a professional because walls house utilities and can be an important part of the support structure of your home.
4. Install Larger Windows And Skylights
If your space feels cramped, the best way to open it up is to let in lots of natural lighting. Installing larger windows and adding skylights is a great way to let in more lighting. For extra storage, consider installing bay windows. They have a built-in shelf that extends out into your yard, adding a few feet of extra space that can be used for storage, display, or even extra seating.
5. Build Vertically
If you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom, a great strategy to get more space is to build vertically. Cabinets that extend to the ceiling can be used to store all your necessary items, but take up limited floor space. The less floor space you take up, the more open your home will feel.
6. Knock Out The Ceilings
If you have an angled roof, you can open up your space by lifting the ceilings. Most ceilings are installed at a lower level in homes. However, raising the ceiling to the natural vaulting can add lots of visual space as well as more space to build vertically. Talk to a renovation expert about this plan because like walls ceilings often house a lot of necessary utilities and then need to be insulated.
These six renovation ideas are just the beginning, there are so many other ways to make your small home look and function like a larger home. At Design Basics we specialize in home renovations and can help you come up with a great strategy to get the most out of the square footage in any sized home. Give us a call and we’ll explore some great ideas together!