log cabin log cottage 15 Secrets of Small Home Design
Expert tips for squeezing living space into the smallest log home designs.
by: Jay Uhlenbrauck

6. Remove extraneous rooms.
Do a thorough self-analysis before designing your home. By cutting space from bedrooms and bathrooms, you can add crucial square footage to other rooms. Keep living spaces and common areas as big as possible to better accommodate guests.

7. Do away with hallways.
"They take up space for little benefit," Fillion says. "Removing a hall that separates the kitchen and dining rooms results in more usable space and you can still get to the living room just as easily."

8. Use outdoor spaces to expand living space.
Find other ways to expand your spaces and bring the outdoors in. Porches and decks provide overflow space for homeowners and guests. Dormers, bump-outs, breakfast nooks with bay windows and gabled entry elements also expand living space. Clerestory windows and lofts with views bring in natural light, further blurring the line between inside and outside spaces.

9. Use thoughtful decor.
"Finish your rooms in ways that maximize the perceived space," Arnott says. "A monotonous space without depth and shadow feels lifeless and smaller than it actually is. Adding depth and accents through lighting and trim details makes spaces feel larger and more alive."

10. Provide a focal point.
If you have one focal point per room (fireplace, stairs, wall of windows, etc.) your rooms will feel comfortable and less cluttered — an important consideration when dealing with small space.

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