Once again Houzz.com put together an excellent piece on the art of microliving. Incorporating these architectural guidelines into your small home will ensure a livable design without compromise. Read the article on Houzz.
Here are some examples of how New Avenue has embraced these tips.
• Maximize loft space. With 3 to 4 feet of head clearance a loft is a powerful way to meet your storage needs. Many of our current projects have lofts that serve as guest bedrooms, offices or just attractive attics with custom shelving.
• Carve out extra space with built-ins. Custom cabinetry is a crucial part of small home living. We are always thinking about recessed storage nooks, especially in bathrooms, kitchens and living areas. It’s important to have a place for everything so you can leave the floor clear of clutter.
• Create “moments” of spaciousness. This is my favorite. Designing “great rooms” with vaulted ceilings as entrance ways to smaller rooms, creates a flow to the home and makes the smaller spaces feel cozy instead of cramped.
• Use curtains for more than windows. Curtains are excellent for studio spaces and can effectively divide room spaces into different functions. Unlike interior walls, curtains will not reduce your useable floor area.
• Use ceiling height to create zones. Creating horizontal transitions at loft levels makes the great spaces feel grand and not too tall and narrow like an elevator shaft. Exposed framing, wainscoting, surrounds and crown molding are great techniques for accenting.
• Count outdoor space as an extension of your home. Designing seamless transitions between interior and exterior spaces will dramatically increase the perceived square footage of your home. Small home living doesn’t mean you have to give up dinner parties!
• Open up to one-room living. We shoot for 100% useable space in our designs and having all rooms connect to the main living space is a key part of the equation. Hallways are taboo.
• Build in creative architectural details. Incorporating space saving details that look great and are consistent with your architectural style will tie the project together. You can hide a washer/dryer, TV, or cutting board within custom cabinetry or under the stairs to increase your home’s utility. You have to think about using the volume of your home, not just the floor space.