Space Saving Remodels
There is a certain charm to be found in small houses and apartments. For those living in urban environments, a small apartment may be the only affordable place to live. Whether it’s a young couple just starting out, a single occupant looking for living quarters close to their downtown office, or an older couple who doesn’t need a large house anymore, small apartments and houses can the perfect answer. However, they can also present remodeling and space challenges.
Because smaller living units are normally found in downtown and urban areas, they were built to fit into small neighborhoods, or many small units were built to comprise a multi-unit apartment building. Despite the small and seemingly limited parameters, you have the opportunity to be creative with your renovation. Creative thinking can help maximize space in small living areas. Here’s how:
Maximize storage opportunities with high, wall-mounted cabinets – Nothing can eat up needed floor space quicker than cabinets, shelves, and furniture. By employing cabinets and shelving that’s mounted against the ceiling of a room, you create additional floor space while creating storage space. High cabinets can be employed in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, utility rooms, and entryways.
Unused, upstairs attic areas can be converted into nooks – If your dwelling is two-story, the upstairs area is normally used for bedrooms and bathrooms. With a peaked ceiling, many times an attic will be built into the side areas. While those areas are too low to be used for living space, they can be opened up and used for study, grooming, cabinets, or shelving areas.
Floor-to-ceiling storage in small bathrooms – In a small apartment or house, the bathroom seems to be the most cramped area, and bathroom storage can be a challenge, to say the least. One good way to create storage space is with floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Even smaller dimension (12 x 16) cabinets can provide enough room for towels, toiletries, and bath supplies, if they are floor-to-ceiling.
In-wall areas can be utilized as kitchen nooks or bookcases – Kitchen storage is always a problem for small dwellings. By opening up the wall located between the studs, it is possible to create a storage area that’s out of the way, yet functional.
In living areas and halls, the same type of shelving opportunities can be created, thereby eliminating the need for bookcases that eat up floor space.
Go to it! Just because you’re in a small apartment or house, you don’t have to live in a cluttered, claustrophobic manner. By thinking creatively, there are many ways to carve space where it might not readily appear.
Of course, you’ll need to be watchful of load-bearing walls, electrical lines, and plumbing, but it is possible to turn an old, tired, limited space into a modern, comfortable living area.