1) Utilizing “dead” space
One of the most difficult parts to utilize in a laneway house is the oddly-shaped dead space under the stairs. Some of the solutions that we’ve hit upon is to build pull-out storage which is easily accessible, or to create a display and storage unit to organize the occupants’ entertainment needs.
2) Multifunctional and flexible pieces
If you want to maximize space, you want units in a laneway house that do more than one thing. How about a kitchen island with storage that rolls around to different parts of the living area? A built-in desk that functions as a loft partition AND also stores a TV screen which operates on a hydraulic lift?
3) Small units
Sometimes you have a corner which is too small for an average-sized unit, for example, a standard-width bathroom vanity. You can still make use of the space if you hunt down a smaller version. It still has the same functionality and it makes smart use of a space which would normally be overlooked.
4) Built-in storage
Built-in units are a necessary space for keeping your stuff stored and out of the way, with the added bonus of maintaining clean lines. Built-in closets in the bedroom are a must-have, and recessed bathroom cabinets can squeeze in some additional storage by using the space within the walls .
What tricks do you have for maximizing space in your home?