Make the Most of Limited Square Footage
Our Vermont office is located at the base of Stratton Mountain Resort, so naturally, we find our selves doing quite a bit of second-home, condominium construction and they’re famous for one thing – limited space and lack of storage. That’s a tough combo for anyone, especially large families who love adventure. There’s just no place to store all that equipment when you’re not out exploring.
If we’ve learned anything about remodeling a small space, it’s important to keep the design simple. Complicated concepts can make a small space feel even more crowded. Take a minimalist approach to avoid overwhelming the space.
A few things to keep in mind while making the most of limited square footage are:
1. Materials Matter
It’s important to choose materials and finishes that will create the illusion of larger spaces. For example, using light-colored paint or wallpaper can make a room feel more open and airy. Large windows and mirrored surfaces work well also.
2. Be Strategic About Storage
Another tip for remodeling a small space is to get creative with storage options. Custom built-in cabinets and shelving can help to maximize every inch of space. If you’re remodeling a condominium or apartment, don’t forget to check with your building manager or HOA about any restrictions on making structural changes.
3. Keep the Floor Plan Open
An open floor plan is another great way to make a small space feel larger. If possible, knock down any walls that are blocking off natural light or creating cramped quarters. Consider built in seating to eliminate the need for bulky furniture.
4. Make a Statement with Lighting
Good lighting is essential for any remodel, but it’s especially important in small spaces. Make sure the fixtures are proportionate with the room and avoid oversized fixtures they will make a room feel small.
5. Think Vertical
When remodeling a small space use the high and low points of the wall for additional storage features. Hanging shelves can be custom built and will help clear up floor space and make a room feel larger.
There you have it. Small spaces can be cozy and convenient. Thoughtful design will have them feeling spacious and functioning properly. Following these tips will help you make the most of limited square footage and create a comfortable and inviting home.