Working with SMALL spaces

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Sometimes one of the biggest struggles homeowners have is making small or difficult spaces work well for them. That being said, a space does not have to be big to function well; it’s all about the design and using every square inch possible. In our experience we have found that clients are most frustrated by three spaces; the kitchen, master bedroom, and bathroom.

It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so when you have a kitchen that isn’t working well, it can be incredibly frustrating. It’s hard to believe that this kitchen was once one of those difficult spaces. To make this more user-friendly we added a nice big island with storage on both the front and the back. This trick is a great way to maximize storage space without sacrificing style.

Clutter is something that actually makes a space feel smaller, so to remedy this problem, we added a cabinet at counter level for all those commonly used appliances that you don’t want to see.

Even with all the storage in the world, chances are, you’ll still end up with some countertop appliances that stay out, so to keep the space feeling stylish and fresh, invest in some pretty appliances that go with the feeling of the space and act as art.

Master bedrooms are supposed to be a retreat away from the rest of the world, and tiny masters can be a real deal-breaker for homeowners. While this master does not have a ton of square footage, the space is not only functional but it also feels large and luxe! By anchoring the bed to the wall, surrounding it with floor to ceiling built-in storage, adding a grand button tufted headboard and wall sconces this bedroom feels custom and refined. By closing off the storage, you limit the amount of clutter which allows the eye to focus on the lush bedding rather than clutter!

Bathrooms are often a bone of contention between owner and home. Part of this reason is that so much has to fit in the bathroom and you notice if it’s too cramped and not functional. One of our favourite tips for small bathrooms is to take out the tub, if possible. Adding a shower means you can do floor to ceiling glass which really opens up a space and makes it feel larger. This condo bathroom has a bench seat in the shower for added functionality, and two different shower heads for that luxury feel. Wall niches in showers are a great opportunity to add some creative flair with accent tiles.

Almost every client we’ve designed a master bathroom for has expressed the desire for a double vanity, because of its functionality; with a little bit of digging you can find smaller vanities that will fit in a tight space, but that also have two sinks.

If you’re struggling with a small space in your home, chat with a designer to see if there is a way to make the space more functional for you and your family. These are renovations that definitely pay off in the end and make your life a whole lot easier.

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