Downsizing your home is a smart decision when you’re seeking a more relaxed life. For starters, there are fewer rooms to dust and vacuum! But you might be concerned about having less space. How do you move to a smaller place without going full Marie Kondo minimalist and throwing away all of your possessions? Here are seven ways to maximise space in smaller homes.
The very best way to maximize space inside your home is by first picking an architect or builder who has experience building compact homes. Good ones will help with plenty of ideas for smart space-saving solutions that you can consider.
Ask about building your home with higher-than-usual ceilings. While the square footage will remain the same, high ceilings help to create a feeling of spaciousness while allowing you to add in extra floor-to-ceiling storage.
Once your home is built; think convertible. No, not a sudden, mid-life crisis-related sports car purchase. We’re talking furniture that has multiple uses: sofas that quickly turn into extra beds for when the kids come to stay, dining tables that extend to make room for extra dinner party guests. Urban Square can help you with these new purchases! The new Home Starter promotion gives you up to $20,000* to spend on any finishings or furnishings you want. Plus, receive free front yard landscaping, as well as the $10,000 First Home Owners Grant for eligible buyers. Simply secure your land or townhome to qualify. Find out more detail here.
Think about making every gap a storage space. Under your bed, under the couch, beneath stairs, inside hollow footstools, up in the rafters; all of these can be purchased as is or converted with the help of some smart-looking boxes or trunks.
With a little extra attention paid to heating, shade and privacy, an al fresco room can be made comfortable for use all year round. Try to style and arrange the space so that the outdoor and indoor realms flow as seamlessly as possible. At Urban Space, you’ll also receive front yard landscaping for free, to help you make the most out of your space.
Different paint colours and décor colour schemes can also be used to differentiate spaces in your home that have particular uses. No more extraneous walls taking up space!
If you’re downsizing your home for lifestyle reasons, you may also be able to get away with only one main vehicle with perhaps a scooter or bikes for alternate transport (especially if you have public transport and everything you need close to home). Not only will this save money on thing like car insurance and registrations, but it can free up space in your garage to use as workshop or creative studio.
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