Tiny-House Ideas That Work for Big Houses Too

There’s something to be said for living small and clutter-free Jackets, but most people want the benefits of a tiny house lifestyle without actually having to cram into 250 square feet. Realtor.com’s Jennifer Geddes presents five tiny house design tips and tricks that can easily be applied to a regular single family build.

1. Carve out storage in surprising places

Take a tip from tiny houses, where storage space is at a premium, and make use of every square inch. “My husband cut into the stairs to make shelving for our shoes Sportswear,” says Julie Coraccio, a professional organizer at Reawaken Your Brilliance in Raleigh, NC. Coraccio’s husband also made slender shelves under the kitchen cabinets to hold equipment like baking sheets and cooling racks. “It was wasted space, but now it serves a purpose Handbags & Wallets.”

2. Think built-ins rather than free-floating furniture

Every bit of space in a tiny house needs a job, but this kind of functionality can get lost in a bigger home. The fix: built-ins instead of free-floating furniture. Ditch cabinets for a credenza with a built-in banquette like the one below.

“This built-in banquette in an open-plan kitchen or great room creates a small Shapewear, cozy spot for family meals and conversation,” explains Carol Marcotte, an interior designer at Form & Function in Raleigh, NC. The shelves above the banquette serve as eye candy as well as storage.

3. Repurpose any extra space

“I’ve got four extra closets”—said no one who owns a tiny home, ever. In fact, very few areas in a tiny house are dedicated to just one purpose. The home where the closet-turned-office below is located already had ample storage. After adding a window, a desktop, and a built-in bookshelf, hello, home office!

4. Trim down your tub

We’re talking bathtubs here. While sinking into a big one is rather divine, it’s a bit too much for regular life (who really soaks in their huge tub every day?) Sun Protection Swimwear. Instead, take a page from tiny houses and think about a smaller version, either square, round, or the vertical Japanese style known as ofuro. A tub like this is just as relaxing as a big one (the water comes nearly to your neck), plus you’ll save on water and energy as you fill it.

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