1 In the kitchen
While an open-concept kitchen can make a large home feel sparse and unwelcoming, it works like magic to brighten up smaller living spaces. You can easily create visual separation between living and cooking areas by using a kitchen island or even a small bar counter, which will also lend your home some extra pizzazz.
If you’re not comfortable knocking down the entire wall between your kitchen and living room, a clear glass wall will do the trick too, letting plenty of light into both areas while keeping unpleasant cooking smells contained.
For those homeowners who prefer a classic closed kitchen, we recommend an L-shaped design, which will visually elongate your space and give you the largest possible work zone with a sizable countertop area.
Make use of as much vertical space as possible with shelves, high cabinets and handy hooks and bars. You can even hang things from the ceiling for even more space!
Bring unused nooks and crannies to life with clever storage solutions, such as cabinets and drawers designed to fit into awkward corners.
Opt for built-in furnishings and appliances and make sure they fit snugly into your kitchen. This will ensure a seamless and airy look with no sharp corners sticking out.
2 In the service yard
Our top recommendation for a successful service yard design? Stacking, stacking, stacking. As one of the smallest spaces in the house, the service yard has very limited square footage, but tends to offer plenty of vertical space that is often overlooked. Take, for instance, your washing machine and dryer. As long as they are front-loading appliances, they can easily be stacked on top of one another, opening up a whole lot of extra space.
You can take things even further by transferring your washing machine into the kitchen. If you don’t have a dryer to worry about, you are essentially dedicating the entire service yard to a single appliance, wasting precious space. Once you’ve moved your washing machine, either remove the wall separating the kitchen from the service yard for a bigger cooking space or turn the now empty area into an additional store room, a tiny home office or even a plant sanctuary.
Alternatively, you can use the space above your laundry appliances for handy storage, such as cabinets and shelves. If you don’t have a dryer, why not add a drying rack above the washing machine for easy access?
Whether it’s to fold your laundry or to store detergent and fabric softener, countertop space is a definite must have in your service yard. If your washing machine and dryer are positioned side by side, top them with a wall-mounted counter. If your appliances are stacked on top of one another, consider installing countertops on the opposite side of the room or in the available nooks and crannies.
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