Small...The New Big
Make room for style and function. Get ideas from other homeowners with innovative approaches to utilizing and defining the small space they call home.
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Single Car Garage to Cottage
How do you turn a 327-square-foot, single-car garage into a comfy home with all the amenities? Architect Jason Silva maximizes space with unusual applications for custom cabinetry. Keeping things hidden and reducing clutter are essential for a clean, simple look. Everything in this house tucks away: the pantry, the appliances and the TV. A pullout swivel stand makes the TV viewable throughout the house. Career woman Susan Sherry is quite comfortable in this cozy garage-turned-cottage home.
The compact kitchen has dual-function appliances. A microwave/ convection oven and a washer/dryer combo tuck into shelves and cabinets. Another space saver is an on-demand water heater—no water tank to store.
Can't find any more space for storage? Look up! Overhead storage is ideal for rarely used items and long-term storage needs. This solution is out of sight and out of mind.
A pullout ladder saves space when it's folded, and climbs like a regular staircase when extended. The loft bedroom is generous enough to fit a queen-size bed and small dressers.
Hotel heating and air conditioning units fit nicely into a small space but are unattractive. A custom cabinet with a slot along the top allows the air through and hides the unit, while providing shelves in front.
Looking to get the most out of your space? Here are some stylish space savers for small or large homes.