Let’s face it. In the last few years, Vancouver’s housing market has started to resemble New York City in some ways. Primarily that small spaces are more common than ever. Of course, there are exceptions – we build houses after all, and while that includes Lane Homes and Condo Renovations, we also regularly build traditional homes. Regardless of what kind of space you live in, everyone wants storage solutions. There are a lot of built-right-in solutions that we can work with you to design. Here are some very clever ways to take advantage of all the space there is while creating the most livable space for your lifestyle.
This entryway storage is functional and gorgeous. It has a spot for everything and can easily be incorporated into our initial design plans.
Design Tip: Don’t neglect areas like the stairs that are often forgotten. These are great spots that often have a bit of extra space that can be used to help with day-to-day functionality.
Sometimes, the physical space isn’t available to homeowners like in the case of a condo or a lane home. A few simple tricks can keep things from getting chaotic while maximizing organization. This over the door rack is such a great solution!
We know that all spaces aren’t small spaces, so we included this dream pantry from Martha O’Hara Designs. A walk-in pantry is perfect for a large family or for a home owner who entertains frequently and who loves to cook. A bit of counter space and a functional sink has this lovely space doubling as a Butler’s Pantry.
DESIGN TIP: If you love to entertain, think of your pantry or kitchen area as a storage space for all things cooking. How is it best laid out and what makes it most functional to suit those fabulous dinners you like to host?
The (Linen) Closet
While this very simple space maximizer can be used in any closet of the house, we are fond of it as a solution for the linen closet. Not only does it keep things organized, it can be used to store various items, not just towels and bedding. It’s also a great idea for a kids room, especially for younger children who don’t need a lot of room for their clothes. Books, toys, blankets and clothes for the next stage of growth can easily be stashed out of the way but easy to find when you need them.
DESIGN TIP: When you find a storage solution that really works for you, think about where you can transfer that solution to other parts of the home. If you love it but want to be able to change it up, ask for the same thing using moveable shelving that will grow and change with you.
The Laundry Room
Sometimes the washer and dryer get tucked into a space that isn’t designated for laundry. A good layout with built in options is critical to keep things running smoothly. We built this main floor mudroom/laundry room that includes laundry, coat hooks and even a tub for the dog. The back door entryway, away from the rest of the home, was a smart solution to allow this family to come and go without worrying about the mess. Our layout ensured that all required elements have a dedicated space to optimize the rooms’ use.
No matter what your needs or square footage, we can design a functional solution. We work with our clients so that the finished product suits their lifestyle perfectly. Interested in finding out how we can work together to design your perfect space? Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org . We love to connect!