Buy It Now: Indoor-Outdoor Living

Lucho and Annie’ found their first home and must do the hard work of turning a fixer-upper into a dream house for themselves and their two growing boys. See how this young family maximizes space in their cozy California home.

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Photo By: Brandon Steed/Getty Images

Tired of living in apartments and with two little boys in tow, Lucho and Annie are ready to buy their first real home for their family. They are looking for a toddler-friendly place with a big yard, large kitchen and enough space to grow for years to come. While navigating a massive full-house overhaul, Annie and Lucho quickly discover that even the smallest of homes can come with some hefty renovation price tags. But with the help of interior designer Stephanie Leese and contractor Cristian Cruz, they maximize their small place with big design ideas, creating a stunning interior and a paradise of a backyard. 

Room to Grow

This cozy nook situated just off the master bedroom is a great transitional space. It offers plenty of room to tend to baby's needs for now and–once baby grows up–it will be a perfect sitting room.

Play Space

A whimsical bookshelf and a vivid teepee help this kids' room pull double-duty as a fantastic play room.

Not-So-Themed Kids Room

Pick a neutral palate with playful pops of color and themed items for a child's bedroom. This will allow for easy updates to the space as their preferences change.

Melding Design Styles

Her modern-industrial meets his contemporary tastes in this all-new kitchen. Reclaimed wood shelves and narrow subway tiles are a perfect match for the sleek gray shaker-style cabinets.

A Kitchen Transformed

What was once a "closet kitchen" is now an expansive, eat-in kitchen with more space than the homeowners imagined possible.

Perfectly Mis-Matched

Electic pieces give this living room character and personality.

Formal Living

Deciding to use some of their entryway and living area to expand their kitchen left these homeowners feeling anxious about having ample space for a living room. Clearly, they made the right call.

Great Use of Space

While the master bedroom is not exactly sprawling in size, wise furniture choices and the addition of sliding doors make the room feel open and spacious.

Backyard Entertaining

Hosting guests feels more polished with you have a bar to serve drinks from. This acacia-wood bar adds sophistication to the outdoor living space.

Functional Focal Point

Add interest and useful space to your yard by adding a garden. This raised-bed unit is a great, manageable size for easily cultivating plants that add beauty or bounty–or both!

Bar Area

By simply adding a few signature pieces like a bar cart and this stunning mirror, you can create a designated space in your home.

Bringing the Indoors Out

To fully enjoy their spectacular backyard, these home owners added a full-sized sectional couch, which created a second living room that's perfect for entertaining guests or lounging with their kids.

Welcome Outside Play

Spark kids’ creativity with this sleek playhouse. Little ones will be eager to get outdoors and grill alongside the adults, and the adults will welcome the look of such a sophisticated play structure.

Outdoor Dining

To fully experience outdoor living, these homeowners added a full, weather-resistant dining set in the backyard. The set's natural colors help ground it and make it feel like a part of the landscape.