Selah Valentine. Staircase Understairs. October 01st , 2018.
With so much emphasis these days on huge kitchenliving areas, it's easy to feel hard done by if your home is small. But, as Elizabeth Wilhide, author of Small Spaces, points out, 'Professional cooks prefer a more compact kitchen as they are easier to work in.' If in doubt, get some professional design input and keep things streamlined; a smaller space will benefit from being as fuss-free as possible. Choose fitted units, which are the best option for making a small space work efficiently.
Clever solutions: Good storage is key to keeping things uncluttered, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling cupboards will provide lots of space while requiring a relatively small footprint. 'Built-in benches can be crafted to include a surprising amount of hidden storage,' says Guy Morgan Harris. Make the most of hidden space by removing the partition wall between studs to create display storage, building shelving in the eaves, or even by using the void under your floorboards. 'Install a ring-pull latch and make ply boxes to store stuff in,' says Guy. Great for wine or toys 'In double-height properties, a mezzanine or platform can be a good way to separate living and sleeping areas,' says Elizabeth Wilhide, author of Small Spaces. (Consult building regs first.). Wall-mount your TV and conceal your DVD and hi-fi. Use a chest instead of a coffee table for extra storage.
No utility room? 'House your washing machine and a dryer in a deep cupboard,' says architect Paul McAneary. 'Hide the appliances behind a folding door.' Keep cleaning materials, chopping boards and spices to hand with some custom-made splashback storage. All you need is 15cm at the back of the work surface to create super-slim storage for these everyday essentials.
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