8 Big Remodeling Ideas for Small Spaces

Posted by Jim Walker on Jul 23, 2018 1:57:00 PM

1. Expand Your Horizons

Tired of living in a cramped home? Our first remodeling idea for a small space is to open your rooms.

Particularly in the heart of your Atlanta, GA home, nothing shrinks a space as much as tightly compartmentalized halls and rooms. This doesn’t mean you have to opt for an entirely open floor plan, but it does mean you should consider losing unnecessary walls, as in this craftsman home renovation.

2. Create Distinct Zones

When you take down walls, you don’t have to lose room designations. Make each zone distinct through the use of varied flooring material, area rugs, or distinct but cohesive décor. This tricks the eye into thinking that each room is larger than it is because each is delineated.

3. Find Out Whether There’s More than Meets the Eye

Remember that your house may hold more than meets the eye. Especially in older homes, there are sometimes unseen pockets of space where ceilings have been lowered, nooks have been walled-over, or attics and alcoves have been boxed off. Ask your contractor to examine your home to see if it hides any such unexpected spaces.

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4. In the Kitchen, Use Smart Storage

Another principle of smart remodeling design ideas for small spaces is precisely fitting storage containers to the items they house. Creative kitchen cabinetry storage devices, like those offered by Hafele, provide smart storage solutions that can free extra space.

5. In the Bedroom, Think Up and In Instead of Out

Just as large cities are often planned up and out to accommodate more buildings and people, so too you can consider how to creatively use your space by building up and in instead of out. For example, when designing your bedroom, ask your contractor about custom carpentry solutions such as beds and desks that fold down from the wall or dressers and shelves that are built into walls.

6. In the Bathroom, Add Floating Sinks and Open Shelving

In the bathroom, a great way to free foot traffic space is to add a floating, minimalistic sink. This can also be an attractive statement style choice. Similarly, open shelving allows you a place to store linens and personal items while not blocking visual lines. This technique works in kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, and offices as well as in bathrooms.

7. Take Advantage of Staircase Storage

You may be surprised by the number of storage spaces your home houses when you look carefully. Take advantage of odd nooks and spaces under staircases by adding shelving or drawer storage.

When you use all your spaces wisely, you may find that rearrangement your items frees space in your central living areas.

8. Let There Be Light

Finally and most importantly, always introduce light. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to choose an entirely unsaturated color palette for wall paints, flooring, and décor—though doing so always helps—but it does mean you should design your home to consciously introduce more outdoor light through windows, glass doors, and solar tubes.

You can also maximize light (and thereby your visual space) by strategically placing mirrors. Never underestimate the power of visual perceptions in helping transform your limited square footage into a home where you can truly relax.

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