Ask someone what he or she likes least about where he or she lives, and space is likely to be one of the top answers. The kitchen may not have enough counter space for the microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, coffee-bean grinder, and blender. The living room is too small to accommodate your collection of books. The bedroom works as a bedroom, but you want it to work for other things too.
Spaces For Living fully understands the finding-enough-space dilemma that seems to haunt everyone these days. Since sole-purpose rooms are a thing of the past, this book is dedicated to maximizing space in the kitchen, open living areas, living and work spaces, bedrooms, and other areas of your home. So what, you say? The 'so what' is that this book is jam-packed with tips and photographs that will have you reconfiguring your apartment instantly.
In the kitchen, for example, authors Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell suggest installing deep drawers because they are easier to dig through than deep cabinets. The writers, who are mothers, also urge creating a kitchen play area for kids, if there is enough room. Flexible shelving, concealment of wires, and easy-to-clean flooring will make this area fun for children and conducive for your needs as well.
Open-plan layouts have become quite popular in recent years in both very large and very small homes. Lack of privacy is a downside, but the upsides can be great. If built correctly, you get an optimum use of space and light. Decorating such a space can be tricky, though. Spaces For Living has some great ideas: Bigfurniture,fixtures, and finishes are a must; bargains are easily found when buying "big" through auctions.
But what about small studio-types of spaces? After carefully assessing the ways you use your living space most eating, entertaining, working, watching television you can figure out how to decorate your living space. And when doing this, think "space" in every purchase made. Many platform beds have pull-out drawers in the framework; bench seating with storage beneath is another great dual-purpose piece; one large sofa will take up less room than two smaller ones.
Obviously there is a lot more to a house than the kitchen and common areas. Spaces For Living will give you many ideas about accessorizing, decorating, and reconfiguring according to your floorplan. Some of the more innovative ideas in this book include building drawers that double as steps; creating a built-in crib which can later be turned into an additional seating area; having enough outlets put in for a computer, fax, printer, and answering machine so you don't have to rely on extension cords. Whatever ideas you choose to incorporate in your own home, one thing is for sure: Spaces For Living will help you clear out some space so you can finally start living.