BUILDING SMALL – SMART DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR THE LANEWAY HOUSE

When we founded our company, our goal was to build small, beautiful homes.  And at Smallworks, small and beautiful doesn’t mean cramped and beautiful.  Building small gives us the opportunity to design smart solutions and create comfortable, practical spaces in a laneway house.
If you want to get some ideas spinning in your head, read our top design tricks for maximizing space:
Built-in entertainment unit under stairs

Built-in entertainment unit under stairs

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.

Built-in desk also used as loft partition, and cabinet storage for hidden TV screen

Built-in desk also used as loft partition, and cabinet storage for hidden TV screen

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?

Smaller-than-average bathroom vanity with recessed medicine cabinet above.

Smaller-than-average bathroom vanity with recessed medicine cabinet above.

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.

Extensive built-in storage in the bedroom

Extensive built-in storage in the bedroom

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?

By | 2016-11-15T09:06:01+00:00 December 5th, 2011|Hints on Keeping It Small|

2 Comments

  1. Peter Medvin December 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Just found your website. Have you guys thought about Zoom-Room, the electronic, remote controlled retractable Murphy Bed? It’s the ideal solution for convertible spaces, and fits perfectly into a guest room/office or living room. There’s space for a flat screen TV (or shelving if you prefer), and it’s as comfortable as any bed in the house. What’s more, it’s completely undetectable. No one knows there’s a bed in there! Check it out at http://www.Zoom-Room.com.

  2. David Anderson December 9, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    I like your all ideas . it really a smart design solution that how to storage or adjust the things in small place or small house.

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