Submitted by: Cyndy Gardner, Co-Owner of Homestead Timber Frames
Putting a home office or your library or a cozy reading nook under the stairs is just one way to slip in some useable space into an unusual spot in the house. Other ideas to consider are:
- Snug built in bunk beds under the eaves or on the side wall in the bedroom with a small closet on the end.
- In the kitchen, if your square footage doesn’t allow for a nice big walk in pantry, you might try to build a wall unit with several doors/drawers from floor to ceiling and about 14” deep.
- Put a chalk board on the back of a door or on the wall above the chair rail near the kitchen table.
- Create more livable space on your porch. If you’re building new, you might think about making your porch area a three season room with large windows that also have screens for summer.
- Instead of a mud room, make your back door entry area large enough to incorporate built in bench with wall hooks and cubbies above.
- Consider installing your washer/dryer in the master bathroom or hall closet.
These are just a few ideas that help create a very livable home without a lot of wasted square footage.