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  • Writer's pictureAdam Parkes

Design efficiently

I often advise clients that designing for quality provides a much better outcome than designing for quantity.


In times where budget or the property size may be less than desired, here are some strategies for maximising space in your home:


  • Open Floor Plans: Opt for open floor plans that combine multiple functions in a single space. This approach eliminates unnecessary walls and creates a sense of spaciousness.


  • Built-in Storage: Utilise built-in storage solutions to minimize clutter and make the most of available space. Consider incorporating storage under stairs, in alcoves, or within walls. Customized wardrobes and cabinets can maximise storage efficiency.


  • Multifunctional Furniture: Invest in furniture that serves multiple purposes. For example, a sofa bed can be used as seating during the day and as a bed for guests at night. Foldable or extendable tables and desks can save space when not in use.


  • Mezzanines and Lofts: If ceiling height allows, consider incorporating a mezzanine or loft area. These elevated spaces can be used for sleeping, storage, or a home office, maximising the usable space.


  • Minimalism and Decluttering: Embrace minimalism and keep clutter to a minimum. Streamline your belongings and focus on essential items. Clear surfaces and open spaces contribute to a more spacious feel.


  • Vertical Storage: Make use of vertical space by installing tall shelves, bookcases, or wall-mounted storage units. Vertical storage takes advantage of unused wall space and keeps the floor clear.


  • Utilise Nooks and Corners: Transform small nooks or corners into functional spaces. They can be used as reading areas, home offices, or display zones. Built-in seating or shelving can optimise these areas.


  • Light and Colour: Use light and colour strategically to create an illusion of space. Lighter colours and ample natural light can make a room appear larger and more open. Mirrors can also be used to reflect light and create an illusion of depth.


  • Sliding Doors and Cavity Sliders: Traditional swinging doors can take up valuable space. Opt for sliding doors or cavity slider doors to save room and improve flow between spaces.


  • Outdoor Living Spaces: Extend your living area by creating outdoor spaces such as patios, balconies, or rooftop gardens. Outdoor areas can serve as extensions of the interior and provide additional usable space.


Remember, each space is unique, and the effectiveness of these strategies may vary depending on the specific layout and requirements of your residential design. If you would like help with transforming your existing home into a functional and visually appealing space, or would like to incorporate some of these principles into a new build, Parkes Architecture is here to help navigate the options available and provide a cohesive solution.


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