Three Practical And Easy Tips For A Space-Challenged House

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As the costs of housing in urban and suburban areas continue to rise, economy dictates that lots and homes built on them get ever smaller. Small houses have their pros and cons. On the upside, you save on power and water usage and consequently on the bills for them. Taxes and insurance premiums are lower, too. With smaller homes, cleaning and maintenance does not require as much effort.

On the other hand, the biggest disadvantages to miniature homes are lack of space and loss of privacy. Your accumulated possessions add to clutter very quickly and you’ll have to choose which ones to use and which to store or give away.

Privacy becomes an issue with a house that is space-challenged. Everyone needs their own space for the daily rituals and as a retreat, apart from other members of the family and more especially from neighbors who may have a view to your abode. Here are some suggestions and ideas to create more space and privacy in your home.

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Install a barn door. Barn doors are very practical as space savers, concealers and providing privacy. These doors roll open horizontally with the use of tracks instead of swinging open. You can create a work area in a larger room and hide it with a barn door when necessary, such as when you’re entertaining. The kitchen can “flow” into the dining room and create space but when having guests over, you can shut off the kitchen with a sliding barn door. For your bedroom, this door can be a partition for the bedroom from the bathroom or dressing room. Barn doors and tracks are easy to install. Find out how to get quality barn door hardware for your home.

Create concealed storage. Spaces that can store all kinds of things can be found unlikely places – under furniture, behind doors and in modified closets. Noted interior designers use this strategy a lot. A banquette, which is a bench placed against the wall and used as seating for dining, can store kitchen and dining linens underneath. A decorative trunk can be used as a coffee table and storage for books and toys at the same time.

Kitchen counters can be fitted with cabinets beneath to hold seldom used appliances and utensils. Racks attached behind the pantry door can hold a myriad of items, like spices and condiments. A closet can be altered to shorten poles for hangers and make use of the space for bulky items.

Go vertical. Most people don’t give much thought to the areas of the house that are beyond reach, like the walls near to the ceiling. Yet, these spaces can provide you with a lot of storage space for things that are seldom used. A bookcase that reaches up to the ceiling, for example, can hold things other than books. Knick-knacks, souvenir items, toys and other decorative pieces can be placed on it.

You can hang art pieces on the higher spaces and put shelves in the kitchen and in bedrooms to hold smaller items. You can also have upper cabinets to store dishes and chinaware that are used only occasionally. Cabinets and shelves fastened to the upper areas also draw the eye upward and help make a room larger than it actually is.

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Marie Miller dabbles in interior design and finds practical and aesthetic ways to make sure that every inch of space in a small house is put to good use.

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