Archive for December 11th, 2009
In recent years, when owners felt claustrophobic in their home, the answer wasÂ calling a contractor toÂ expand it. However, todayâ€™s soft housing market and high-dollar home equity loans have tempered consumer spending. In fact, smaller homes are in high demand because they are less expensive to purchase, maintain, heat, and air condition.Â
Here’s how to maximize your homeâ€™s space without increasing its square footage.
- If your refrigerator backs up to the garage or closet, many times it can be recessed so that there is more kitchen space.
- Multifunctional furniture is critical. Storage ottomans serve as coffee tables and a place to conceal items when unexpected guest arrive.
- Tankless water heaters save space and money.
- Table and floor lamps add clutter. Recessed can lights free up valuable floor space.
Small homes have an advantage, in that theyÂ encourage family interaction and create a more comfortable environment than larger homes, not to mention quicker to clean.
Â By: Denise Turner