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The Houzz: River Road Cottage
By: Sullivan Building & Design Group
Tip 1: Carve out extra space with built-ins.
Even the beds are built in here, making an attic nook work as two bedrooms. Plus, there's plenty of storage for books.
Tip 2: Forget what you thought you knew about scale.
A guest room in the River Road Cottage uses a bed that fills the space nearly wall to wall but manages to look cozy rather than cramped. Think about it — once you are tucked in, wouldn't you be more comfortable in a full bed than a shrimpy twin, even if the twin made the room look more spacious?
Tip 3: Create "moments" of spaciousness.
Just because (or especially because) you are working with a small space doesn't mean you can't have a room that feels wide open. Consider knocking out a wall or two in the main living space to allow room to breathe.
The Houzz: New York City townhouse
By: Dufner Heighes
Tip: Pack a big punch with a small patio.
This New York City townhouse may have a postage stamp–size patio, but that doesn't mean it lacks style. A Lutyens-style bench in fresh spring green paired with a petallike table and modern wire chairs makes a dynamic arrangement well suited for the urban outdoors.
Light floods the dining space of the former garage, with simple concrete floors and industrial pendant lights alluding to the structure's past incarnation.
Innovative details such as the built-in sofa and workspace make superb use of the small space. Sleek finishes and spare, modern furnishings work well with this industrial look.
Most of the key features were built into a central cube containing the bathroom, the washing machine and storage, as well as the sofa and desk on the other side.
Here you can see the bed and desk folded away, and a small dining table has been pulled from the wall. An entire kitchen is built into the opposite wall, which appears as a continuous, sleek surface when not in use.
Tip 2: Count outdoor space as an extension of your home.
Outside is the rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the city, an outdoor tub, a day bed and a washer and dryer. Particularly in a locale with a mild climate, it makes sense to put your outdoor space to work.
The Houzz: Unfolding apartment in Manhattan
By: Michael Chen and Kari Anderson, Normal Projects
Tip: Be innovative with space savers.
Another unfolding apartment, this one has a large cabinet that conceals a bed, a closet and a desk. The "wall" partitioning the bed from the living area is actually the cabinet door.
When the Murphy bed is folded up, the large door swings shut, opening up the room into one space again to allow extra room for entertaining.